2024: New Sensory Snooker for People with Complex Disabilities…

2024: New Sensory Snooker for People with Complex Disabilities…

Club and Facilities Manager of the World Professional and Billiards Snooker Association Bob Hill hopes a new simpler version of snooker for people with complex disabilities will widen participation for clubs across the UK snooker community.

Hill is calling for snooker clubs and coaches to get in contact and help spread the word about this new project and hopes coaches will want to sign up to participate in these exciting new opportunities for disabled people with complex disabilities.

He told SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor: “This project is a good opportunity for clubs and coaches out there that want to help widen the participation in snooker.

He added: “We will need support from Snooker venues to host the sessions  – with WPBSA and Sense supporting some additional training opportunities for those involved. We will publish further information about this in due course.

“This project has really led on from our Therapeutic Value of a snooker guide that we released in late 2022, showcasing the benefits of taking part in snooker.”

Louis Wickett Padgham, Deputy Head of Sense Active, said: “Sensory Snooker will allow many people with complex disabilities – who often have two or more disabilities and may require high levels of support – to meaningfully play the sport for the first time over.”

And added; “Snooker is traditionally a sociable game, enjoyed with friends in a local pub or community space, but because the game has quite complicated rules, it can be typically more difficult for people with complex disabilities to understand and fully participate in.”

Sense and the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association have developed a new and simplified version of the game for people with complex disabilities. and can be adapted to suit the skills and abilities of each individual.

Previously on this website, SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor has reported on the game Carrooka, which is another great addition to trying to boost the appeal of snooker and being creative with the game, as well as trying to widen participation. There is also Street Snooker.

Padgham added: “For some players, this may mean playing snooker on a felt mat on the floor and potting the balls by hand, while others will use the table.

And said that some players may use the table and play traditional snooker in their local club as well.

From the Original Press Release…

Three sports, including snooker, will be transformed into Sensory Sports, with Snooker, Rounders, and Badminton for the first time, thanks to the Charity, Sense.

The National Disability Charity consulted disabled people with complex disabilities on the activities they most wanted to play, but were unable to take part in.

The Charity worked with the three sports governing bodies and created simpler versions of each game. Sense has invested £60K over three years to launch sessions for hundreds of disabled people with complex disabilities.

Sport England awarded the grant of £2.2 Million last year to tackle “inactivity” among people with Disabilities.

Hill added to the new project Sensory Snooker: “The experience of playing snooker is multi-sensory, uplifting, and good for physical, mental and social health. We feel strongly that those benefits should be available to everyone and we’re committed to making adaptations wherever possible to create the right conditions for each player to take part, have a challenge and gain a sense of achievement.”

He finally added: “Working with Sense allows our sport to tap into expertise of dedicated and creative people who understand how to innovate to make a sport appeal to people with complex disabilities. We hope many people Sense  supports will develop a new passion for snooker through this.”

The Charity Sense found that there were 1 in 10 disabled people who have complex disabilities. There are 1.6 million people with complex disabilities in the UK today and there are projected to be 2 million people with complex disabilities in the UK by 2029.

Thanks to Bob Hill for the photos sent and the original press release and Louis Wickett Padgham from Sense for also sending some information through other than the Press Release…

Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!