Sheffield To Host Snooker’s Ladies Day

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The third annual Ladies Day will take place in Sheffield tomorrow (Thursday) during the Betfred World Championship.

World Snooker and WPBSA introduced the initiative two years ago with the intention to get more women involved in snooker, as players, fans and officials.

At Cue Zone in the Winter Garden close to the Crucible Theatre, activities will start at 11.30am, with free coaching available, led by top coach Andrew Highfield and his team, including leading player Jodie Allen.

Women of all ages are encouraged to come along and receive coaching, whether they are snooker novices or experienced players.

Children from local schools will also be attending, to find out more about snooker.

All fans are encouraged to wear something purple to show their support.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “We have been delighted with the success of Ladies Day in the past two years and looking forward to welcoming more people to our activities tomorrow.

“Snooker is one of the very few sports where women and men can compete together. There is no reason why we couldn’t have men and women competing together at the Crucible. The talent is out there, and if we nurture it in the right way then one day that could become reality.

“Through our Cue Zone Into Schools programme we are tackling this at grass roots level and we hope in the future there will be enough women playing snooker to change the landscape of the sport.”

The WPBSA has registered as a supporting partner of This Girl Can, a campaign which aims to get more women active and playing sport.

This Girl Can is a national campaign, developed by Sport England and delivered in partnership with a wide range of organisations, to raise awareness among women that whatever our size, ability or previous experience, sport can be a fun and enjoyable part of our lives.