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Bid to bring snooker into Banbury schools

Matthew Brain, 11, with Jason Ferguson, chairman of the WPBSA, Peter Williams, founder of Cue Games for Schools, and Oliver Badger, 11. NNL-141006-141838001

Matthew Brain, 11, with Jason Ferguson, chairman of the WPBSA, Peter Williams, founder of Cue Games for Schools, and Oliver Badger, 11. NNL-141006-141838001

A new initiative to get children into snooker at a young age has been brought into a primary school in Banbury.

Students at the Grange County Primary School in Avocet Way enjoyed finding out more about Cue Games for Schools last Friday and its founder Peter Williams presented the school with a free snooker table with Jason Ferguson, chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA).

Mr Williams said: “Friday’s event went really well and even after the day had finished there were children and teachers wanting to find out more. When I started playing snooker I wasn’t allowed to go into the halls until I was 15 so this is a really good idea.

“I am hoping to get some tables ready for schools either at the beginning of August or in September.”

Mr Williams aims to provide as many snooker/pool tables to as many places in the country as possible free of charge.

He has developed a chalkless snooker tip and the Cue Games for Schools project will be funded by sales of the tips for £1. He will be selling them in Sainsbury’s on Oxford Road, Banbury on June 26.

Children also enjoyed learning about another new snooker concept being introduced to schools across the country.

Functional Snooker teaches English and maths through the sport, and is supported by former snooker World Champion Steve Davis and Mr Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson said: “Something like this is critical for the development of the sport in the young children. I didn’t have anything like this when I was growing up, so if we can get tables into schools that will give them a great opportunity to play and learn at the same time.

Functional Snooker removes traditional scoring in games and replaces it with numbered balls which retain their values, whilst others have symbols to indicate whether to multiply, subtract or use addition to calculate the value of the shot.

For more information call Mr Williams on 0791 780 7832 or visit www.facebook.com/CueGamesForSchools

 

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