Sheffield to host snooker ladies day

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A dedicated ladies day to get more women involved in snooker will take place in Sheffield tomorrow.

World Snooker and WPBSA introduced the annual Ladies Day two years ago during the World Championship with the intention to get more women involved in snooker, as players, fans and officials.

Activities take place at Cue Zone in the Winter Garden from 11.30am. Free coaching will be available, led by top coach Andrew Highfield and his team, including leading player Jodie Allen.

Women of all ages are encouraged to come along and receive coaching, whether they are snooker novices or experienced players.

Children from local schools will also be attending to find out more about snooker.

All fans are encouraged to wear something purple to show their support.

WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson said: “We have been delighted with the success of Ladies Day in the past two years and looking forward to welcoming more people to our activities tomorrow.

“Snooker is one of the very few sports where women and men can compete together. There is no reason why we couldn’t have men and women competing together at the Crucible. The talent is out there, and if we nurture it in the right way then one day that could become reality.

“Through our Cue Zone Into Schools programme we are tackling this at grass roots level and we hope in the future there will be enough women playing snooker to change the landscape of the sport.”