Street Snooker Takes Over Sheffield
1 May, 2011
Street Snooker enjoyed unprecedented success at the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship. The Street Snooker installation dominated Tudor Square outside the Crucible for the 18 day duration of the tournament (Saturday April 16th to Monday May 2nd).
Approx 4,400 Members of the public swamped to the Street Snooker installation to experience how to play the game for free, whilst many more watched from the sidelines.
The winners of the competitions were Chris Maher who smashed the current world record with a highest break of 135. Chris won himself two tickets to the Snooker Championships final which saw John Higgins battle it out against Judd Trump to be crowned this year’s winner.
However in a cruel twist of fate, Chris missed his flight back to the UK so handed the tickets to ten year old Ashton Offler, a budding young footballer from Sheffield. Other prizes included Snooker cues and T-shirts signed by numerous professional players.
Stars such as John Parrott, Alfie Burden, Ken Doherty and John Higgins took to the Street Snooker stage and went head to head over the two week championships, to score the highest break possible. See how they got on here.
Marco Boi, Director at Playinnovation said “The numbers speak for themselves. We had over 4,400 players and many of them weren’t even there for the snooker”.
Hundreds of members of the public made the pilgrimage down to Tudor Square to find out more about Street Snooker after seeing coverage of the game on the regional BBC news and national snooker coverage.
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.