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Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee

Eurosport to Broadcast Women’s Classic Final

The final of the WLBS Paul Hunter Women’s Classic will be broadcast live via the Eurosport Player for the first time this Sunday.

Won last year by reigning world women’s champion Ng On Yee, the event marks the start of the 2017/18 World Women’s Snooker Tour and sees the best women players in the sport return to Fuerth, Germany hoping to capture the title.

In a landmark move for Eurosport and women’s snooker, Sunday’s climax to the event will be available to watch live on the Eurosport Player from 1:00pm CET, with full commentary provided by former professional world number 3 Neal Foulds.

WLBS President Mandy Fisher said: “This is fantastic news for women’s snooker and another significant step in the development of our sport. Eurosport have made a huge contribution to snooker in recent years and I am delighted that snooker fans will now have the opportunity to watch this year’s final in Germany using their Player service.”

The group stages (view latest results) of the tournament are already underway, with 14 qualifiers set to join the top two seeds Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee in the knockout rounds.

Live coverage of the final will also be available to watch via the WLBS Facebook page.

Increased Prize Fund for Eden World Women’s Snooker Championship

World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) has today announced that the 2017 Eden World Women’s Snooker Championship will carry a total prize fund of £15,000.

The event will be staged at the Billiard Lagoon in Toa Payoh, Singapore, where the champion will take home a top prize of £5,000, more than four times the sum won by Reanne Evans in 2016 as she claimed an unprecedented 11th World Crown.

Following a recent restructure, which saw WLBS come under the governance of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), it is the first time in over 20 years that the most prestigious ranking event in women’s snooker will be held outside of the UK.

WLBS President Mandy Fisher said: “We must thank our title sponsor Eden Resources and the fantastic support we have received from Cuesports Singapore. These are exciting times for us as we see continue to see our events grow.“

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson added: “Assisting WLBS in its growth is a vital part of our sports global development. The talent is there in the women’s game and I am sure that with more events and with increased prize money to play for, more women and girls will fight their way through to compete on the World Snooker Tour.”

The updated entry pack for the event can be found at www.wlbsl.com

WLBS Announces 2016/17 Calendar

World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) has today announced its provisional calendar for the 2016/17 Women’s World Ranking Series.

For the first time since 1995 the Eden Ladies World Championship will be held outside of the UK, at the Lagoon Billiard Room in Toa Payoh, Singapore.

The season will begin with the Paul Hunter Ladies Classic, a new event in Fürth, Germany which will run alongside the long-standing World Snooker Tour professional competition. The early rounds of the event will be played at a separate venue, with the semi-finals and final to be played at the Stadthalle.

The event will be followed by the LITEtask UK Ladies Championship in Leeds and the Eden Ladies Open Championship at the Cueball in Derby, before the one-day Connie Gough Memorial Trophy returns to Dunstable.

Following the Eden Ladies World Championship in Singapore, the season will conclude with the LITEtask World Festival of Ladies Snooker in Leeds, which will include mixed pairs, ladies doubles, seniors and under-21 competitions, as well as an innovative new 10 reds format competition.

WLBS President Mandy Fisher said: “I am delighted with our first calendar of events as the newly-formed WLBS and am really looking forward to the start of the season. This is the beginning of a great future for the ladies game and I would like to thank Eden Resources, LITEtask and the Northern Snooker Centre Leeds for their continued support.”

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “Today’s announcement marks the beginning of our efforts to engage more women and girls to take up competitive snooker. Fundamental to the growth of WLBS is that players all over the world have the opportunity to compete and the events in Germany and Singapore mark a new beginning. It is our view that engagement with the regional and national governing body network will see more women stars emerge and compete for place on the open to all, World Snooker Tour.“

The WLBS has also unveiled new branding to be used from the start of the 2016/17 season, including a purple logo design based upon that previously seen at World Snooker Ladies Day.

Restructure For World Ladies Snooker

The World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association (WLBSA) has become World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) after becoming a subsidiary company of the WPBSA.

As part of a rebrand the WLBS is looking to restructure ladies snooker to ensure events and governance falls in line with WPBSA processes. The WLBS is looking to develop its events into a global calendar and is looking to work with National Governing Bodies to provide a fuller calendar of events and give opportunity for a fair rankings system for female players across the globe.

The former WLBSA board all retain their positions within WLBS, joined by WPBSA vice chairman Nigel Mawer who will be responsible for Discipline and Governance. WPBSA chairman and World Snooker director Jason Ferguson will also assist the board in an advisory role.

WLBS Board members:

President: Mandy Fisher

Vice President and Sports Development Director: Sharon Kaur

Company Secretary: Vicky Shirley

Marketing Director: Diana Schuler

Finance Director/Tournament Director: Clive Brown

Discipline and Governance: Nigel Mawer

Advisor to the board: Jason Ferguson

The WLBS board is currently working on development plans to increase female uptake of participation, refereeing and coaching.

WLBS President Many Fisher said: “I am looking forward to a bright future for Ladies Billiards & Snooker. These are two of the few sports where gender is no barrier and there is no reason why women can’t compete at the highest level, alongside men.”

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “There should be no boundaries to participate in sport. As Snooker’s World Governing Body we have a responsibility to provide opportunity for all. There is a demand for ladies snooker and there is no reason why ladies can’t compete at the highest standard. I am delighted to see this latest development coming together.”

The WLBS is looking to launch its new calendar for the 2016/17 season at the World Championship in Sheffield in April 2016.

More information on 2015/16 events can be found at www.WLBSL.com