Woking Snooker is an Important Community Hub…
World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) Chairman Jason Ferguson told SnookerZone at the weekend that snooker clubs like Woking Snooker Centre in Surrey were important local community hubs and it was important to keep them like this.
The 54-year-old, whom you will often see on the TV dishing out the trophies to elite players such as Ronnie O’Sullivan and co, said he remembered coming to play at Woking Snooker Centre in the late 1980’s in the old Pro-Ams, and it was great to see the club still going and how it has grown from strength to strength.
He said clubs like Woking were few and far between and should be kept as they are for the local community, as well as hosting events. People come to the club to mingle with friends, family, and play in the odd tournaments.
When questioned by SnookerZone creator/journalist Chris Gaynor, who has been a loyal member of Woking since 2015, Ferguson said it was a delicate balance between hosting external tournaments at the club, as well as keeping the regular members happy.
He added: “We thank the regular members for inviting us here. But it’s important that there are activities like this for people.”
”It’s a balance.”
The Club was hosting a World Disability event this weekend which had a healthy turnout of 80 plus players and there have been at least three World Disability events at the club since 2015.
Woking has put on handicap and scratch tournaments for regulars since 2021, when the club reopened after Covid, under the management of Peter Ruddick and his team.
Ferguson said that clubs like Woking Snooker need to keep going in the interests of the local community and beyond, and he also agreed with Chris Gaynor that snooker clubs were always the first in line to be knocked down and turned into flats or housing accommodation.
Six-times World Champion Steve Davis, now retired, held an exhibition at the club in the 1990s. Steve is now pursuing a DJ career alongside his important role as a snooker pundit and a much-loved figure on TV.
He works in the team with Hazel Irvine, who was recently awarded an MBE for services to sports presenting and is presenting at The Masters, now in play at The Alexandra Palace in London.
Ferguson was mingling with the regulars and external players at the event on Saturday.
The final day of play is on Sunday 14th January.
Well done to all the WDBS players who are competing this weekend at Woking Snooker Centre in Surrey.