Praise for Parkinson’s UK ‘Introduction to Snooker’ Coaching Sessions in Preston

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There has been praise for the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA)’s ‘Introduction to Snooker’ coaching sessions, held in association with Parkinson’s UK, from a group of participants at Preston’s Elite Snooker Club.

The sessions, which began in February, engage with local Parkinson’s UK groups to offer two-hour sessions hosted by WPBSA coaches offering basic-level, fun snooker coaching, as well as recreational group play. All sessions are offered free of charge thanks to funding from Parkinson’s UK’s Physical Activity grant.

Preston’s Elite Snooker Club is one of eight clubs, affiliated by the 147 Club Scheme, to host sessions across the country and participants at the Lancashire club have given praise to the scheme.

Lynne, who has attended all three sessions held at the Elite Snooker Club so far, said: “There’s a nice, friendly atmosphere and it has given us something to focus on. I’ve never played snooker before but I just came along with an open mind and have learnt a lot.

“We have all got our disabilities but we have managed to overcome them and pot a few balls and we hope the sessions can continue.”

Another participant, Ronnie, added: “I have enjoyed gaining the knowledge of how to play snooker properly – I hadn’t played since I was young. I am 83 this year but I would like to keep playing for many years to come and if I can play better, then that would be great!”

The sessions in Preston are led by the WPSBA’s Head of Coaching and Training Development Manager Chris Lovell, who said: “It’s been an absolute honour and privilege to be involved with Parkinson’s UK on behalf of the WPBSA and all the coaches involved.

“We have got a dozen people here this morning with smiles on their faces and having a great time. That’s a testament to how inclusive our sport is and there’s a place for everybody to enjoy themselves.”

As well as snooker coaching and recreational play, the sessions also offer the opportunity to socialise with fellow group members.

Lynne explained: “It is nice meeting new people. We all have the same issues and so we are sympathetic with each other.

“To anybody who is thinking of coming along, I would say don’t worry or feel inhibited by your condition. It is a really nice atmosphere and very understanding and welcoming.”

A full list of remaining sessions can be found below:

  • Maltings Q Club, King’s Lynn
    • Contact – Phill Welham
    • Wednesday 24th April – 3pm
    • Wednesday 29th May – 3pm
  • Brackla Snooker Club, Bridgend
  • Woking Snooker Centre, Woking
    • Contact – Dave Harwood
    • Thursday 9th May – 11am
    • Thursday 16th May – 11am
    • Thursday 23rd May – 11am
    • Thursday 30th May – 11am
  • Elite Snooker Club, Preston
  • Club 147, Leicester

Find out more about the Parkinson’s UK Introduction to Snooker sessions.