Below we answer a number of frequently asked questions about the World Women’s Snooker Tour and women’s snooker more generally…
Not true! As an official WPBSA development tour to the World Snooker Tour, from the start of the 2021/22 season leading women snooker players Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee will qualify to compete on snooker’s premier mixed gender circuit.
In recent years women players have also been given the opportunity to compete at several professional events including the World Championship, Champion of Champions and Shoot Out.
There is no such thing as the ‘men’s tour’ in snooker – the professional World Snooker Tour is inclusive and open to players of any gender who are able to qualify for it through a recognised pathway. As well as the World Women’s Snooker Tour, these include mixed gender events such as Q School, the World Snooker Federation Championships and other championships held by recognised regional governing bodies.
Snooker is a rare example of a sport that can place men and women on the same field of play to compete equally and it is our role to help elite talent to progress to the professional tour.
The World Women’s Snooker Tour is a developmental tour aimed at increasing participation in snooker among women and girls from across the world.
Historically, women have faced barriers to getting involved with snooker which we believe has negatively affected the level of participation in our sport. However, in recent years several steps have been taken, both by WWS and the WPBSA in our sport and society in general to break these barriers down and participation among women is now rising.
We are committed to providing opportunities for women and girls of all ages, experience or ability, to be able to pick up a cue and compete at grassroots level and ultimately a platform to compete at professional level.
We strive to provide increased exposure for women’s snooker and the WWS Tour with the support of the WPBSA, World Snooker Tour and the World Snooker Federation and their broadcast partners.
In 2019 the Women’s Tour Championship was broadcast live within the UK via Freesports for the first time. In recent seasons we have also had matches televised via the Eurosport Player.
Following the necessary suspension of the World Women’s Snooker Tour following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 we have been working hard to be able to resume competition as soon as it is safe and viable to do so.
In doing so we recognise that there are over 100 ranked players (almost 3/4 of our tour) who are based outside of England. We have made a major commitment to helping the tour to become more international in recent years and the need to resume ranking event competitions must be balanced against any unfairness that may be suffered by players currently unable to travel internationally.
We are however encouraged by the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccinations globally, and within the UK in particular, and are optimistic that this will pave the way for the return of the WWS Tour in 2021.