English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards
The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB) is the national federation for snooker and billiards in England.
The EPSB is an umbrella organisation that aligns the interests of its affiliated bodies and aims to increase participation, improve facilities and promote cue sports with an inclusive approach providing an opportunity for all across England.
It brings together the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association Limited (WPBSA), World Billiards Limited (WBL), World Women’s Snooker Limited (WWS) and World Disability Billiards and Snooker Limited (WDBS), creating a clear pathway from beginner to elite professional and developing a structured coaching environment. The EPSB aims to inspire all regardless of gender, ability or ethnicity to fulfil their potential.
More information on tournaments run by the EPSB, including the English Amateur Championship first contested in 1916 and won most recently by Ben Hancorn on its 100th staging in February 2020, can be found here.
The 147 Club
The 147 Club was launched by the EPSB in November 2017 and is the first club affiliation scheme of its kind for snooker clubs in England. The scheme promotes a modern, positive and progressive perception of clubs by improving standards, boosting the junior game and encouraging new players from all backgrounds into the sport.
With the support and guidance of the EPSB, participating clubs are required to meet set criteria around player welfare, insurance cover and coaching provision, with the aim of improving the club environment for all.
At the same time, the clubs can gain substantial membership benefits by joining the 147 Club, such as inclusion on an official online club finder map, links into amateur competitions, training support and cost-saving advantages. The scheme also offers a bespoke insurance package for clubs of any shape or size.
View a list of clubs currently affiliated to The 147 Club: www.epsb.co.uk/play/member-clubs
Learn more about the EPSB at www.epsb.co.uk