Australia Joins World Snooker Federation

Australia Joins World Snooker Federation

The World Snooker Federation (WSF) is today pleased to welcome the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council (ABSC) to the growing number of National Federations to have become full members of the organisation.

For over a century Australia has been a key area for both snooker and billiards, with legendary players such as Walter Lindrum and Horace Lindrum succeeded by modern day greats Eddie Charlton and Neil Robertson. World champion in 2010, Robertson famously came to the UK with £500 in his pocket and has since gone on to earn over £3.5m career prize money and establish himself as one of the world’s best players.

A winner again in Scotland where he claimed his 13th ranking crown only last weekend, already he has provided the inspiration for other players in Australia to follow in his footsteps and his role will be supported by the new development opportunities that will be created under this new cooperation. Already, World Billiards recently successfully held a landmark coaching course at the Reventon Academy, Yarraville Club in Australia.

WSF Treasurer Mike Peachey said: “I am very pleased with the magnificent news that the Australian Billiards & Snooker Council have agreed to join the WSF, and I look forward to positively working with the ABSC Board. Australian players have enjoyed a rich history of champion players in World Billiards and Snooker, and by joining the WSF, there will be major opportunities for the future of all Australian players.”

ABSC President Frank Dewens said: “I am looking forward to the future we have now provided for our aspiring snooker players and the opportunities ahead of them. We have been fortunate in the past with some of the world’s greats in cue sports and we have now laid the foundation for others to follow. I applaud the Board of the ABSC for making the decision to join the WSF.”

The formation of the WSF was instigated by the WPBSA as a global sports governance initiative to bring together both amateur and professional constituent parts of the sport. Full membership to the WSF is open to any official National Federation which shares a vision for clear and transparent sports development.

Scottish Snooker Joins World Snooker Federation

Scottish Snooker Joins World Snooker Federation

The World Snooker Federation (WSF) is today pleased to welcome Scottish Snooker as the latest National Federation to become a full member of the WSF.

The move is another significant step in a year which back in April saw Scottish Snooker, led by its Chairman Paul Marinello reach an agreement with the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) for both bodies work together to promote snooker and billiards in Scotland.

Now working even more closely together as part of the WSF, this will see the creation of further opportunities as early as next month to support the work already being carried out by Scottish Snooker.

Amateur events to be held in Glasgow

The WSF and Scottish Snooker are therefore pleased to further announce that two significant amateur finals will be played next month at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, alongside the final stages of the Scottish Open event staged by World Snooker. Won in 2016 by Hong Kong’s Marco Fu, the third event of the Home Nations Series will provide unprecedented exposure for Scottish Snooker and allow them to showcase their talent next to the world’s best players.

The first event will be the final of the Scottish Open Championship, the third main tour event of the 2017/18 season and set to be played from 32 players down to the final this weekend at the Red Triangle Snooker Club in Cumbernauld. The two players who make it through will not only battle for ranking points and prize money next month in Glasgow, but for a place at the EBSA European Championship in Sofia next February.

Also to be held is the final of the Masters Event 2 competition, to be contested between Glaswegian former professional Richy McDonald and Perth’s Scott Dunbar.

WSF President Jason Ferguson said: “We are extremely pleased with the work being carried out by Paul and his team at Scottish Snooker and delighted to welcome them to the WSF family. As another body that shares our vision for governance of our sport and with legends of the game including Stephen Hendry and John Higgins hailing from the country, we are looking forward to helping them to develop Scotland’s stars of the future.”

Scottish Snooker Chairman Paul Marinello said: “These are exciting times for our sport in Scotland and following the launch of the World Snooker Federation last month it was only natural for us to want to become a part of snooker’s global future.

“Furthermore the opportunity to host two of our biggest finals alongside a prestigious event such as World Snooker’s Scottish Open is fantastic for Scottish Snooker and highlights the progress that is being made by the WPBSA to develop the sport at amateur level.”

Learn more about the World Snooker Federation which launched in October 2017.

Thailand and Singapore Join World Snooker Federation

Thailand and Singapore Join World Snooker Federation

The World Snooker Federation (WSF) has today announced that the National Federations of both Thailand and Singapore have become the latest bodies to become full members of the WSF.

Following last week’s news that the UAEBSA has aligned with the WSF, the Billiard Sports Association of Thailand (BSAT) and Cuesports Singapore (CS) have confirmed their membership alongside the growing number of National Federations to become part of the WSF.

Under the leadership of its President Sindhu Pulsirivong, the BSAT has played a key role in the development of snooker at all levels in Asia during the past 30 years. In 1998 Sindhu was instrumental in securing the inclusion of billiard sports at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, a significant milestone in the growth of the sport in Asia. In May 2016 Sindhu became the first non-player to be inducted into the World Snooker Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution to snooker in Asia and in particular Thailand.

Working under the guidance of Sindhu and the BSAT, the WPBSA opened its first Asian Snooker Academy in Bangkok which over a number of years has aided the development of many players, referees and officials. Thailand continues to produce incredible snooker talent and remains the home of the Sangsom Six Red World Championship, won this year by Mark Williams.

Singapore has also played a major role in the development of billiards sports in Asia and earlier this year under the guidance of President Christopher Chuah, Cuesports Singapore hosted the biggest ever World Women’s Snooker Championship, won by Hong Kong’s Ng On Yee for a second time. Singapore continues to gain momentum and is home to the World Billiards legend Peter Gilchrist. Peter is a multiple title and medal winner and has represented the country at international level since becoming a Singapore citizen in 2006.

WSF President Jason Ferguson said: “Since the launch of the WSF last month we have been greatly encouraged by the huge support that we have received. We are pleased to welcome both the Thai and Singaporean Federations as we build a brighter future. The experience and commitment of Sindhu, Christopher and their capable teams in billiards sports is unquestioned, both these federations continue to be very active in ensuring our sports growth and status in Asia. The WSF board are excited about the future and we look forward to our continued cooperation.”

BSAT President Sindhu Pulsirivong said: “I have always advocated the need for an effective cooperation between the amateur and professional worlds to carry our sport forward and I hope that the WSF, under the leadership of Jason Ferguson, will one day succeed in helping us realise our Olympic dream.”

Learn more about the World Snooker Federation which launched in October 2017.

UAE Joins the World Snooker Federation

UAE Joins the World Snooker Federation

The World Snooker Federation (WSF) is today delighted to announce that the UAE Billiards & Snooker Association (UAEBSA) has become the latest national federation to become a full member of the WSF.

A delegation of President Jason Ferguson and Vice President Nigel Mawer QPM from the WSF recently visited Dubai to meet with representatives from the UAEBSA including Khalid Ali Al Khaili and former professional snooker player Mohamed Shehab, on behalf of Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum.

Following fruitful discussions, it became clear that both bodies share a vision for the governance of cue sports and we are delighted to be working in partnership in the future.

Under the new agreement the UAEBSA will allow the WSF and its members use of the UAE Snooker Academy in Dubai for playing practice and the training of new coaches and referees to support the future development of the sport.

The WSF will support the UAEBSA with future development initiatives, which includes a schools project to help nurture the next generation of snooker talent in the region. It is the vision of the WSF that the Academy will become a key stop off point for professional players to visit and be able to practice during their travels across the globe.

Shebab Picture

Shebab Picture

WSF President Jason Ferguson said: “We were overwhelmed by the support that we received from UAEBSA during our recent visit and are now delighted to welcome them to the WSF family. This is another key milestone in the development of the WSF as we recognise the UAE as a significant area for the future development of billiards sports and we look forward to working together over the coming years.”

Mohamed Shehab said: “Upon meeting with Jason and Nigel we found that the WSF shares our vision for the future and that’s why we didn’t hesitate to join them. I’m sure that together we will build something strong for our sport. The UAE can be the right stop for all of the professional players on their way to China or UK and that in itself is an honour to us.

The UAE has hosted many successful amateur snooker championships in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Fujairah. It will be a very unique experience to host one here working with the World Snooker Federation in the future.

Our simple words to the WSF are that as far as we are helping the sport, the UAE Snooker Academy is yours!”

The UAEBSA is the latest international body to become a full member of the WSF, where they will sit alongside its many members including the WPBSA.

Scottish Snooker Joins World Snooker Federation

Mike Peachey Appointed to WSF Board

The World Snooker Federation (WSF) is today delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Peachey to its board of directors as Treasurer.

Peachey has vast experience in the administration of cue sports with his previous roles having seen him serve on the board of the World Confederation of Billiard Sports (WCBS) from 2005-2010, during which he was appointed to the WCBS Organising Committee to the 2009 World Games in Chinese Taipei. Mike was also the official WCBS board member selected to represent Cue Sports during the Asian Games held in Vietnam, and has also previously served as President of both the Australian Billiards and Snooker Council and the Oceania Billiards and Snooker Federation.

With a long-standing interest in billiards sports spanning 40 years, Peachey has also acted as a tournament referee at international level and been involved with billiards sports media as both a correspondent and distributor.

Mike Peachey said:

“I am honoured to be able to take up the position of Treasurer within the WSF. From day one I have been convinced that the WSF will take our sport forward and that the opportunity to be able to work closely with National and Regional Federations, World Billiards, World Ladies Billiards & Snooker and World Disability Billiards and Snooker, will ensure a major future for our sport.

“I will give my total commitment to the WSF and I am convinced that the team can make a positive difference for the future of both snooker and billiards.”

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said:

“I am delighted to be able to welcome someone with the wealth of high-level administrative experience and commitment to billiards sports that Mike has demonstrated for so long. His understanding of International Olympic Committee structures and hard-earned reputation across the world for his work means that he will be a valuable addition to our team.

“It is crucial that the WSF is able to represent billiards sports at a global level and this appointment underlines our commitment to the Oceania region.”