New Season 2017-18

To all players

SCOTTISH SNOOKER: NEW SEASON 2017-18

The new season is fast approaching

Preparations for the new season have now been completed, and attached are the following documents for your attention, these will not be posted out but will be available as a paper copy at the first events: –

  • Membership application form
  • Event Calendar
  • Tournament entry conditions
  • National Tournament Structure
  • Players code of conduct

These documents and others that you should look over are available on the Scottish Snooker website: www.scottishsnooker.org

You now have all the information needed to join us for the new season. A full membership fee continues to be £15 and please remember savings can be made on a family membership with one adult and up to 3 juniors for only £20.

Tournament entry and club table fees will be kept at the same price this year. We recently paid £500 to the referees’ association (SB&SRA) on your behalf to help them with their traveling costs/expenses; they wish us to pass on their thanks for this. As you know, all tournament directors and referees word hard on a voluntary basis. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the referees and tournament directors who played a very valuable part in the previous season to ensure it was a successful one.

If you would like to help in any way this season with tournament direction, refereeing or fundraising, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in October as usual and further details will follow soon.

We have a Scottish Snooker Website and a Scottish Snooker Facebook page that is intended for promotional / information purposes only. Whilst no individual members are able to create new posts on this page, comments are allowed on the Scottish Snooker posts, but they are monitored to comply with page conditions. Scottish Snooker would like to thank Gordon Adamson for yet again making a fantastic contribution towards the Facebook page and ensuring the information is interesting, relevant and up to date.

We have moved forward with the Community Coaches trained last year and are delighted that we now have 6 Scottish Snooker Junior Coaching Academies set up in Scotland these are – Minnesota Fats, Glasgow; Locarno, Edinburgh; The Davis Club, Ayr; Non such Snooker Club, Salcoats; Sands, Dumfries; and Cadder Community Centre, Glasgow.

We were delighted to welcome the Paul Hunter Roadshows during last season to help to launch these academies. Any members who would like to get involved with these please get in touch. Scottish Snooker would like to thank all involved in these academies but in particular Davy Johnston, Anthony McGill and all at Minnesota Fats Snooker Club in Glasgow. This is really fast becoming a Centre of Excellence of the Scottish Snooker Junior Academy system and we also thank Leo Scullion for his time and efforts with the young people within this academy.

A highlight of last year has to start with the Main Tour: Mens, Home International team, winning the Prince of Wales Shield in August 2016. Congratulations to Chris Totten, Ross Vallance, Robert Carlisle and Michael Collumb on this fantastic achievement.

Another highlight from last season is the partnership made with WPBSA and ourselves; the objective being to work together, promote and develop the sport of Snooker & Billiards in Scotland. An example of this partnership can be seen in all of our academies adopting the ‘White to Black’ coaching scheme from the WPBSA.

We welcomed the return of the Scottish Open last year and we were very fortunate to have been involved in many levels at this event with even a few wildcards playing, Chris Totten & Ross Vallance. We look forward to this event once again this year.

We were delighted that Chris Totten won the European Men’s Championship in Cyprus, March 2017 and we wish him well in his first season as a professional this year.

We look forward to providing you with new opportunities, and assure you of our intention to provide you with the best service possible to meet your needs and aspirations.

Yours in sport

Paul Marinello

Chairman

Scottish Snooker