English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards
The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB) is an umbrella organisation that will align the interests of the affiliated bodies and create projects to inspire and drive awareness of snooker and billiards to new participants in England. Its objectives are to increase participation, improve facilities and promote cue sports with an inclusive approach providing an opportunity for all.
It brings together the English Association of Snooker and Billiards (EASB) , World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association Limited (WPBSA), World Billiards Limited (WBL), World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Limited (WLBS) and World Disability Billiards and Snooker Limited (WDBS).
Building on existing programmes like Cue Zone into Schools the partnership will educate through cuesports whilst encouraging a new generation to take up snooker and billiards. By creating a clear pathway from beginner to elite professional and developing a structured coaching environment, the partnership will inspire all regardless of gender, ability or ethnicity to fulfil potential.
Sport Development Plan
On 25 April 2016 the EPSB announced its Sports Development Plan in England, bringing together professional, amateur, ladies and disability snooker, as well as successful projects including the Cue Zone into Schools programme.
The Sport Development Plan is the first phase of a series of projects which will underpin the continued increase in participation in snooker and billiards in England. It will encourage a wider diversity of people to take up the sport, increase female and disabled participation and create a clear pathway for promising talent.
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said:
“Snooker is a booming, worldwide sport and as a governing body it is our responsibility to provide a framework for sound sports development. The Sport Development Plan is exactly that for England. Our ambition is to provide equal opportunities for all and ensure safe and clean environments for participation. It will also align our sport in the creation of elite sportsperson development.”