How Group Sports activities Like Snooker Could be Funded… –

Woking Council received’t have any cash to spend money on sports activities and leisure for quite a lot of years, mentioned Liberal Democrat Council Chief Ann-Marie Barker…

However…the favored Pool within the Park was spared by the Council in its shake-up of the general public funds because it grapples with an enormous deficit.

Cllr Barker mentioned: “The Council received’t have cash to spend money on sports activities and leisure growth for quite a lot of years. What it might do is assist and help and work with sports activities corresponding to snooker. For instance, we may assist promote occasions. We could advise on sources of funding for entry to enhancements for disabled individuals.”


Council grants can be the primary means for native snooker to obtain funding by making use of for them. Council chief Ann-Marie Barker instructed SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor that Woking Snooker Centre in Surrey, may apply for a grant however that it might take quite a lot of years earlier than the grant was issued and it might not get the funding because of the monetary deficit..


SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor spoke to Sport England and was instructed by a Consultant that “any organisation can apply for funding offered they meet sure standards together with being not for revenue and open to the neighborhood.”

We requested if snooker golf equipment may apply and the Rep repeated the road, “any organisation can apply for funding offered…”



The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB), the principle governing physique for Snooker presently, is partnered with Sport England.

The EPSB was initially fashioned as an umbrella group to convey collectively the sports activities key stakeholders in England, with the day-to-day working of the sports activities.

its goals as outlined on the EPSB web site are to:

  • promote, administer, encourage, and popularise the event of, and inclusive participation in, the sports activities in England;
  • organise, run and coordinate snooker and billiards occasions in England
  • present help and coordination for snooker golf equipment in England and search to enhance enjoying amenities
  • present coaching and growth for referees

  • act because the physique by which any public funding from Sport England (or any successor physique) is acquired and spent on initiatives for the event of the sports activities in England.


Woking, together with another councils throughout the UK are scuffling with big deficits. Woking presently has an enormous £2 billion debt to handle.

Sport England works with councils corresponding to Woking and Cllr Barker mentioned in addition they work with Freedom Leisure who present entry to neighborhood sports activities for younger individuals within the city and past.

A brand new neighborhood fund in Woking could also be arrange which can allow individuals within the city to decide on and point out the place native cash ought to be spent.

Cllr Barker mentioned the large redevelopment of Woking Soccer Membership was no extra.

She added: “We’ve been a associate within the Surrey Youth Video games, which works with native sports activities golf equipment to supply free coaching on new sports activities for younger individuals.”

Cllr Barker mentioned of the price range: “The price range (2024/25) set on eighth February is one which places our home so as and will get us residing inside our means. We might want to proceed expenditure at this degree for the foreseeable future. We even have an enormous debt of over £2 billion and might want to promote property and have authorities help to take care of that.”

Woking’s Council Tax will probably be going up by 10%, together with the opposite measures set out within the price range.

On the CT rise, Cllr Barker added: “While a Council Tax improve just isn’t what we need to do, it can herald little over a £million and forestall additional service cuts.


Different ways in which native sports activities may be funded is thru area people individuals or companies, who both sponsor golf equipment, or proficient gamers, and spend money on the amenities and occasions happening. Sports activities golf equipment corresponding to Woking rely closely on the local people and past to assist make investments, promote, and in addition sponsor gamers and occasions.

SnookerZone has carried out quite a lot of promotion since 2015 for the membership.

SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor beforehand was instructed by the Woking MP Jonathan Lord, who backed funding in neighborhood sports activities, that: “Sports activities venues are very important pillars in our area people. We’re lucky to have many sports activities amenities proper throughout Woking, together with Woking Snooker Hub. It’s clear that hubs like Woking Snooker Hub assist convey collectively the entire neighborhood and supply a welcoming place for anybody to return in, be taught a brand new sport, and in addition socialise.”

He added: “Lately, I’ve been happy that the Authorities has invested closely in grassroots soccer and native sports activities – and I proceed to be a agency supporter of larger funding in hubs and amenities throughout the sporting sector neighborhood.


Lord MP mentioned to SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor that he can be delighted to attend the SnookerZ Open run by social media star Terry T in April on the Woking Snooker Membership who has lately sponsored Martin O’Donnell, who received the Christmas Cracker at Woking final December and had nice success attending to the ultimate of the Welsh Open.

He has additionally sponsored Snooker Legends 900 stars Ryan Mears and World No 15 Jasmine Bolsover.

Lord MP  added although that his calendar was fairly full.

SnookerZ has run some excellent tournaments previously, together with the Christmas Cracker and Professional-Ams and the Bob Mason Open final 12 months.

Chris Gaynor directed Lord MP to the SnookerZ web site…Whether or not he attends or enters the occasion is one other matter!




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