Leeds to Host Women’s Snooker Open Day

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World Women’s Snooker is coming to Yorkshire this autumn with the staging of a special event in Leeds city centre.

Following positive discussions between World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) and Leeds Kirkgate Markets, both parties are today pleased to jointly announce a new open day which will take place from 10:00am on Friday 14th September 2018.

Aimed at promoting the World Women’s Snooker Tour and encouraging participation in snooker among women of all ages, the day will see a snooker table installed at the state of the art 10m x 10m event space at the Markets, complete with PA system, overhead projector and a stunning eight metre LED screen for use on the day.

Taking place on the eve of this season’s first ranking event, the UK Women’s Championship at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, we anticipate that a number of the world’s leading female snooker players including reigning world champion Ng On Yee will be in attendance to support activities.

The day will also see students from up to four local schools, together with local women traders from the markets take to the baize and try snooker and receive tips from WPBSA World Snooker coach Steve Mallender and the players present on the day.

Matt Huart, WLBS director said: “This is a great way to launch our new season and an exciting opportunity to engage with the people of Leeds to encourage women of all ages and levels of experience to play snooker.

“On behalf of WLBS I would like to thank Gary Chadwick and his team at Leeds Kirkgate Markets for their cooperation and for helping to make this event happen. We are all looking forward to the day already.”

Councillor Asghar Khan, deputy executive member with responsibility for markets said: “We are very excited to welcome some of the world’s greatest female snooker players to our very own Leeds Kirkgate Market, as part of a special event set to be held this September.

“Not only is this a brilliant opportunity to see in person the tremendous skills of players including reigning world champion Ng On Yee, it’s also a chance to learn from the experts and for people new to snooker to have a game in a fun environment.

“Throughout the year we hold a range of fantastic events and activities which attracts families from Leeds and Yorkshire to Kirkgate Market, and this promises to be another memorable occasion.”

We would encourage anybody from tour players to snooker fans in the area to come along and be involved in what should be a fantastic curtain-raiser to the new season.

Further information, including the full entry pack for the UK Women’s Snooker Championship will be released soon.