Snooker gets street wise

STREET SNOOKER   Adam Moore(13) has a go at Street Snooker in Tudor Square, assisted by Stav Joannidos(left).   16 April 2011
STREET SNOOKER Adam Moore(13) has a go at Street Snooker in Tudor Square, assisted by Stav Joannidos(left). 16 April 2011
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SO you thought snooker was played on a table? Not this version of the game.

Visitors to Tudor Square during the World Snooker Championship can try their hand - or rather, foot - at Street Snooker, a new kick-the-ball-at-a-wall game combining features of snooker and football.

Players kick a ball against a green wall resembling a snooker table, and can build breaks in the usual snooker scoring fashion by hitting a red triangle followed by a yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and finally black.

It’s proving very popular - especially with young players.

And there’s no wonder.

High scorers can win some prizes including tickets to see the championship final at the Crucible, and snooker cues signed by some of the game’s greatest players.

Professional player Alfie Burden said: “There are lots of youngsters who don’t know much about snooker but love football. This is going to get them interested the game.”