Haverhill snooker charity for disabled players hits the big time

The World Disability Billiards and Snooker board members, from right;  Nigel Mawer, Clive Brown, Tim Squires and Bob Hill. ANL-150922-102916001
The World Disability Billiards and Snooker board members, from right; Nigel Mawer, Clive Brown, Tim Squires and Bob Hill. ANL-150922-102916001

An idea that began in Haverhill four years ago to make snooker more available to disabled people has been picked up and officially adopted by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA).

World Disability Billiards And Snooker (WDBS) is a new body which has been created to give more people with disabilities the opportunity to play cue sports.

It has been set up under the auspices of the WPBSA, with guidance from the English Federation of Disability Sport.

But it all began in February 2011 when World Snooker coach and Haverhill resident Tim Squires formed Snookerbility in order to coach the sport to disabled people.

It began at the Haverhill Ex-Servicemen’s Club (HESMC), where Tim continues to hold sessions every Tuesday.

Snookerbility soon caught the eye of WPBSA chairman, Jason Ferguson, who helped take it further.

Tim said: “It’s fantastic. What a legacy for Snookerbility to be part of this association. I could never have wished for a better ending.

“In the time we have had to reach this far is awesome. Snookerbility started in Haverhill at the HESMC and look at what we have done.”

WPBSA’s Nigel Mawer will be chairman of the body, with coaches Bob Hill and Tim, tournament director Clive Brown and Paralympic athlete Jonathan Adams also on the board.

The new body will run tournaments for people with disabilities, under eight different categories. Details for the first tournament which will include five of these will be announced shortly.

There will also be open days when players can get free advice and guidance from experienced World Snooker coaches.