The Paul Hunter Foundation visited Minnesota Fats Snooker Club in Glasgow on the eve of the new Scottish Open to launch a new junior programme for aspiring young snooker players in Scotland.
Through a series of new initiatives, the Foundation, with the support of its partners the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) and Scottish Snooker (the national governing body for snooker in Scotland), aims to provide new opportunities for youngsters to play snooker and to aid the development of the sport in Scotland.
A spokesperson for the Foundation said: “It is great to be coming to Scotland and to be working with the WPBSA and Scottish Snooker with the aim of getting kids off the streets.
“Whether in snooker clubs or schools, it is important that children in Scotland are given the opportunity to play snooker. Our work starts right here in conjunction with the launch of the new Scottish Open on the World Snooker Tour.
“The Paul Hunter Foundation has received huge support during the past 10 years by all of the Scottish snooker players and we would like to thank Anthony McGill, Eden Sharav and Marcus Campbell for supporting the event at Minnesota Fats.”
Moving forward, Scottish Snooker will take the lead with its partners and select five other areas in which to launch new junior clubs. It is hoped that children from these areas will be able to visit the World Championship in Sheffield next April as guests of the Foundation, following Interclub competitions held in Scotland.
Paul Marinello said on behalf of Scottish Snooker: “It is a fantastic honour to welcome the Paul Hunter Foundation up here in Scotland and we look forward to using this event as a launch pad to get juniors playing the game again and reaping the benefits of such a life learning sport.”
For more information contact Paul Marinello on 07799 41817.
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