Cue Sports includes Billiards, Pool and Snooker
Cue sports are played with a cue on a table covered with a cloth or baize, with pockets at each of the four corners and in the middle of each of the long side cushions. The object of any cue sport is to score more points than your opponent, mainly by potting balls but also by tactical safety play, within the predefined rules of the relevant cue sport (billiards, pool or snooker).
World Disability Billiards and Snooker
WDBS run tournaments for people with disabilities, under eight different category groups. Groups one and two are for wheelchair users, groups three to five are for ambulant players, group six for intellectual disabilities, group seven for visually impaired players and group eight for deaf/hearing impaired players. More information on classification groups can be found here.
As part of WDBS tournaments they offer free open days that are available to people with any disability. Whether current players or complete beginners you are welcome to come try snooker as a sport and get free advice and guidance from experienced coaches. For information on these open days go to their website here.
Another way to get involved would be to find you nearest World Snooker coach and see if they offer sessions at a local accessible club.
British Disabled Cue Sports Association
The BDCSA is based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, where there are 2 snooker tables and 8 American pool tables in traditional colour baize; green for snooker and blue for American pool. One of the snooker tables is specifically designed to enable wheelchair users to get closer to take a shot.
BDCSA provides opportunities for disabled people to participate in cue sports at all levels. For example, a traditional game of snooker uses 22 balls, but the game can be adapted by reducing the number of red balls on the table. When necessary, equipment, such as rests and specially made weights, will support and guide a cue, enabling the individual to take a shot.
BDCSA run sessions and tournaments for people with disabilities at WheelPower events at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, along with occasional training days. Anyone wishing to play is welcome – the only distinction we make is between wheelchair users who play from a seated position and other disabled people who stand to play.
The venue at Stoke Mandeville Stadium is also used for 2 American Pool tournaments every year run by the British Wheelchair Pool Players Association (BWPPA) and a local disabled sports club on one evening per week.
For further infomation contact Mark Parsons on 0797 1804717.