World Disability Snooker Event coming up on 25-27 March 2022 in Northampton
I’m pleased to announce that, following a couple of post-lockdown test events, we’re organising a full return event coming up on 25-27 March in Northampton.
As always, there will be a Friday Open Day on 25 March as part of the event, held from 10.30 am, at which players with any disability or level of experience are encouraged to come and try snooker under the guidance of qualified WPBSA Snooker Coaches.
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To be held at Barratts Snooker Club, the event is set to be the biggest held for people with disabilities in over two years, with people from all eight classification groups eligible to play. Players will compete against players within their own classification group only,
To accommodate all players and therefore a significant number of matches, as in 2019 the tournament will be held over three days, with the first matches to begin at 2:00 pm on Friday.
Every effort will be made to accommodate players who cannot compete on the Friday, however, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible to avoid in all circumstances. Any player who may not be able to compete on the Friday is asked to inform us as soon as possible and prior to the entry deadline (11 March 2022) so that this can be considered.
As always, there will be a Friday Open Day held from 10:30 am at which players with any disability or level of experience are encouraged to come and try snooker under the guidance of qualified WPBSA Snooker Coaches.
WDBS runs regular tournaments for players with visual disabilities.
During the early stages of development, WDBS provides competition inclusive of B4-B5 classified players alongside the recognised B2-B3 criteria.
Should sufficient entries be received (at least four who are B4 and above and four who are not), the Group will be split into Groups 7A (B2/B3) and 7B (B4/B5) to align Group 7 with the usual definition under profile 37 of the classification system.
Participants also need to be aware that should they enter external competitions either endorsed or nominated by WDBS they will have to match criteria set by those governing that event.
Sight tests should be re-tested every 1–3 years.
Functional Description: Partial sight.
Medical Description: Partial sight. Visual Acuity above 2/60 up to a visual activity of 6/60 (B2-B3).
- Should be independent with activities of daily living (ADL).
Players must be classified by British Blind Sport (BBS).
- Download the Sight Classification form at the BBS website.
The cost of classification is £20.00 for a member of British Blind Sport. Following receipt of your classification result, WDBS will discount the membership cost from your first event. Should you be charged by your optician for completing your form, upon proof of costs WDBS will also offer up to a maximum of two free.
World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS).
WDBS was founded in 2015, with guidance from Activity Alliance, to give more people with disabilities the opportunity to play cue sports around the world.
Since its formation, WDBS has regularly staged snooker events for people with disabilities across the UK and beyond. Typically run over three days, events include a mix of open days at which anyone with a disability is encouraged to attend and try snooker, as well as competitive tournaments. Tournaments are open to people with a range of physical, learning and sensory disabilities, with players assigned to a classification group determined by their disability profile as set out within the WDBS Classification System.
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