World Disability Day at World Snooker Championship

21 April 2016

by Barney Cullum, press officer at Leonard Cheshire Disability

BBC presenter Hazel Irvine hosting disabled snooker players

We are pleased to announce we're the official disability charity partner for the World Snooker Championship’s disability day this year.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) is holding its second annual ‘World Disability Day’ in Sheffield today.

The event will encourage disabled people to participate in snooker and supports the ongoing work of World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS), formed in 2015.

The World Championship, snooker’s most important event, has been running since 1927. Since 1977 the tournament has been staged at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. It is watched by nearly 400 million people worldwide.

We are very happy to be supporting this important event at the prestigious World Snooker Championship. 

Barriers to sport for disabled people

Our recent research found 57% of disabled people are currently doing no sport or physical activity, with a lack of suitable opportunities cited as the largest barrier to participation.

Infographic: Barriers to sport and exercise. 41% of disabled adults say a lack of suitable activities stops them taking part. Find out more at

In light of these findings, and to mark the Paralympic year, Leonard Cheshire Disability is working hard to create a great many more opportunities for participation.

Groups from Mickley Hall in Sheffield and Gloucestershire House in Cheltenham will visit the Cue Zone to play snooker, and there will also be collections for Leonard Cheshire in Tudor Square throughout the day.

‘We are proud to be a sport for all.

‘We are delighted to see the involvement of so many groups and we are pleased to see our players and coaches engaging with our new activities and the work of the WDBS.’ — WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson

Players who have competed in WDBS events will be present during the morning of Disability Day to play doubles matches with members of the public. 

Later in the day, disabled children from Sheffield Wednesday Football Club have been invited to take part in a snooker challenge.

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