Snooker Cue Zone into Schools


Ralph Allen School is delighted to be in partnership with the ‘World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association’ (WPBSA).

The school has been chosen as one of the first to introduce the ‘Cue Zone into Schools’ programme which is a grass roots development project aimed at developing the game of snooker within schools in order to increase participation in the sport and support the learning of English, Maths and Science.

The programme was launched by snooker legend Steve Davis who will be the ambassador for the scheme, along with WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson and Head of Coaching Chris Lovell.

Jason Ferguson, Chairman of the WPBSA, said: "Snooker is the fastest growing sport in the world at this present moment in time. The growth continues to manifest at grass roots level with the first class coaching activities being delivered by all coaches. Key to the success is the activities within schools where snooker coaching is being delivered as part of the daily school curriculum to increase participation in the sport."

Six-time World Champion Steve Davis said: "Any way to make learning interesting and fun can only help a young person's educational development. To see snooker involved at this level and contributing to a young person's life skills is truly rewarding for everyone involved."

Head of Coaching Chris Lovell said: "We see Cue Zones in schools as an opportunity to develop a link to a local club via a WPBSA World Snooker coach and also help school teachers become qualified coaches. This is a really inclusive approach to grass roots snooker."

As part of the project Ralph Allen will be exploring the use of ‘Functional Snooker’ activities as part of the curriculum in English, Mathematics, and Science. Snooker will also be offered as part of the school’s impressive enrichment programme, including for ‘Wednesday Window’, ‘Faculty Week’ and for after school clubs to give every pupil the opportunity to participate and compete in school competitions.

Establishing a school-to-club link with the Keynsham Snooker Centre will also be an exciting development where pupils will be given the opportunity of playing snooker on full sized tables in the club environment.

For students studying the ‘Physical Education BTEC Sport’ course, there will also be the opportunity to awarded one of six ‘WPSBA Level 1 Community World Snooker Coach’ scholarships, enabling these students to use snooker as part of their formal assessment.

Our very own Mr Greenhough and Mr Hancock were also extremely privileged to receive training from Steve Davis and Terry Griffiths to become ‘WPBSA Level 2 World Snooker Coaches’. They are leading the snooker programme at Ralph Allen School.

Cue Zone into Schools Programme

Cue Zone into Schools Information Leaflet,,13165~180531,00.pdf

Functional Snooker

BBC's Mike Bushell News Report