A blog from BBC Breakfast’s Mike Bushell - featuring Street Snooker™
5 December, 2013
For a moment it was if we'd stepped into a scene from Gulliver's travels, a giant snooker table on its side, dominating the school sports hall. Eager teenagers were lining up to take kicks at the colours and the reds on the board. I had come to St Michael's Roman Catholic school in Watford to see why Street Snooker is making such an impact in towns and cities across the country.
Here were youngsters who told me they found snooker boring and slow enthralled and engaging with the rules and the concept. But there wasn't a cue in sight, just footballs and someone with a handball. It really hones your aim and can improve sport skills across the board as well as being great for arithmetic as you nudge your score along the board. If like me you have loved the game at the school fete in which you have to get the ball through holes on a board, well this is for you. I loved it and got a red with the second of my 3 shots and then just missed a blue. It's so simple to pick up and there can even be a ‘snooker’ when another player forms a kind of wall between you and the table. I could really see why schools and councils have been introducing this to their sites and play areas across the land and no wonder it also had people playing outside the Crucible in Sheffield. For more on my experiences of Street Snooker™ and how it started, buy Bushell's Best Bits, from all good book retailers, published at £7.99 by John Blake publishers.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bushells-Best-Bits-Mike-Bushell/dp/1782190120