For the first time, recent World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) events held in Gloucester and Kingston upon Hull have both carried prize money for competitors reaching the final stages.
This has been possible thanks to the support of a variety of national businesses, who have become involved with WDBS events as prize money sponsors.
Open Disability Snooker Championship 2016
The first company to announce their support of the WDBS was Renishaw plc, a global company with core skills in measurement, motion control, healthcare, spectroscopy and manufacturing.
With their support, we were able to offer prize money to all six finalists across the three main competitions staged at this year’s Open Disability Snooker Championship in Gloucester.
We were also able to provide an overall high break prize for the event, as kindly donated by the Paul Hunter Foundation which was won by regular player Daniel Blunn.
Hull Open 2016
Our most recent tournament, the Hull Open, saw the overall prize fund double from Gloucester with the backing of two national companies.
Thanks to the support of legal services provider Hudgell Solicitors and telecoms provider Think Telecom, we were able to offer prize money not only to the finalists of our Group 7-8 events, but also the semi-finalists of our Group 8 event for deaf players.
We were also able to provide individual high break prizes for each of the two groups, which in the case of Group 8 was made possible thanks to a donation from the Hull Deaf Centre Sports Committee.
Through our own website and social media channels, as well as external media outlets, all of our prize money sponsors have featured extensively as part of our event coverage.
All prize money sponsors have been offered the opportunity to join our presentation party at events and to learn more about the benefits of becoming part of the wider WPBSA network.
If you or your business is interested in becoming involved and supporting future WDBS events, we would love to hear from you via our contact form.
Our next event will be the 2017 Manchester Classic from 10-12 March 2017 with LITEtask, the UK’s largest Independent Commercial Lighting Designers and Distributors, already having pledged their support.