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Where are the juniors?

Postby Tim Dunkley

CAN it really be true that the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Berkshire, Surrey, Essex, Sussex and Kent cannot muster one entry between them for this year’s English Under-14 Championship and English Under-16 Championship?

And what is happening in the Midlands? Two entries for the Under-14s!

We have done so much good work in the south over the past few years to close the gap to the north. What is it that is stopping players from entering? Are their coaches or parents holding them back? Are they just not aware of these events? It baffles me.

This season’s Under-14 southern qualifiers will be hosted by Frames Sports Bar, Coulsdon, on Saturday, November 10. The Under-16s is at the same club the following day.

Both events will use a round-robin format, best-of-three in the Under-14s and best-of-five in the Under-16s.

Under-14 entry fee is £15 for EASB members £25 for non-members. Closing date is November 3.

Under-16 entry fee is £20 for EASB members £30 for non-members. Closing date is November 4.

Enter online at Any problems, email: (he or she is very helpful).

Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)

Re: Where are the juniors?

Postby Dan-cat

Very worrying indeed.

I wrote this back in Sept 2014, after the announcements of the Riley's closures...

I think Barry / World Snooker / WPBSA should do something with these empty ready-made clubs. I feel that Barry has done a pretty brilliant job with professional game but it teeters on very shaky amateur foundations right now, in the UK at least.

I was playing tonight in my club the Hurricane Rooms in Kings Cross, London - every table full and peeps queuing for tables, on a Monday night.

Neal Foulds is with me!! :)


Dan Gerrett ‏@Dan_Cat 37m
@fouldsy147 @snookerbacker @BarryHearn buy them back Barry (WPBSA / World Snooker joint project?) save the grass roots of our beloved sport.

Neal Foulds ‏@fouldsy147 33m
@Dan_Cat @snookerbacker @BarryHearn Who knows? Maybe BH will do that. Almost all old Lucania clubs were above Burtons Tailors. #memories