Street Snooker Hits Sheffield
8 April, 2011
Street Snooker is heading to Sheffield for the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship. A Street Snooker installation will be in Tudor Square outside the Crucible for the duration of the tournament (Saturday April 16th to Monday May 2nd).
Members of the public will have the opportunity to play Street Snooker for free. High scorers will win fantastic prizes, including tickets to the Championship final, Snooker cues signed by the professional players, and much more.
Street Snooker is a target practice game that involves kicking or throwing a ball against a snooker-inspired board to ‘pot’ balls of different colours, earning varying points. The aim of the game is for players to build a highest break by hitting the red triangle followed by a colour, until all the balls on the board have been ‘potted’.
Playinnovation, the company behind Street Snooker, hopes its hybrid game will bring the traditional game of Snooker to a new and younger audience, whilst at the same time encouraging people of all ages to become more active.
Street Snooker’s official ambassadors, Olympic Badminton medallist Gail Emms MBE and World Football Freestyle champion John Farnworth, will be making star appearances over the course of the event. John Farnworth will be performing his skills and attempting to break a new Street Snooker world record on Wednesday 20th April, and Gail will be on hand to demonstrate the versatility of the game on Tuesday 26th April.
Chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, said: "Street Snooker is a fantastic idea and hopefully it will help get more people interested in snooker at grass-roots level, which is one of the WPBSA's most important goals. It looks like great fun as well and I'm looking forward to seeing people have a go at it during the World Championship. Let's see if anyone can make a 147!"
Betfred.com World Champion Neil Robertson said: “This is one of the best ideas I’ve seen in terms of getting young people involved and interested in snooker. Our sport is really buzzing at the moment with a lot of new tournaments, and it’s important for the future to have strength in depth at junior level. It will be great to see Street Snooker in Sheffield and to see what the reaction is like from the public.”
John Farnworth, whose ball-manipulating skills have landed him numerous titles and four Guinness World Records, will be aiming to break his previous Street Snooker highest break score of 104. John comments “I wish there had been a game like this around when I was developing my skills as a very young man. It’s rare that such an inclusive and exciting game is made available to the wider community.”
Professional Snooker player Alfie Burden, who officially helped launch the game earlier this year, said, “I love the concept of marrying snooker with football; my two big sporting passions in life. There are a lot of young kids out there who don't know too much about snooker, but love their football. This is going to get youngsters interested and involved, which is good for the growth of the game. Having the game at the World Championship is brilliant. It will pull in crowds and everyone can have some fun with it. “
Gary Clifton, Major Sports Events and 2012 Programme Manager at Sheffield City Council, said: "Street Snooker's a great new innovation, and fits perfectly with Sheffield's offer during the Championship. Our aim is to open up snooker to everyone across the city, so that even if people haven't got tickets for the snooker matches, they can get involved in snooker-related activities. People will be able to play Street Snooker, visit the Cue Zone exhibition in the Winter Garden, watch the matches on the big screen, and much more."