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Sheffield Park’s Big Break!

Steve Davis launches pioneering new snooker scheme at Sheffield Park Academy.

Snooker star Steve Davis has chosen Sheffield Park Academy to help him launch a pioneering new scheme today (25th April), using the popular game to help support the national curriculum.

Six times world champion Steve and colleague Chris Lovell from the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association's (WPBSA) North Lancs Training Group approached the academy to help them promote the new initiative, which helps to enhance children's development in English and Maths through snooker.

As part of the grass roots development project called ‘Cue Zone', the WPBSA has donated a full size snooker table to the academy and is training a member of staff, enabling them to provide coaching to the students via the academy's BTEC sports provision. A new snooker based qualification linked to the development of the basics of the game is also currently under development.

And today (25th April), Steve Davis himself will be visiting the academy to help launch the initiative, joining the students for a number of activities including:

  • A ‘functional' snooker competition, with students being coached by and competing against Steve Davis
  • Various Maths/English competitions
  • A snooker relay team challenge

Commented Steve Davis:

"It's great to be supporting English and Maths through snooker, particularly at Sheffield Park Academy as Sheffield is a special place to me. It's also fitting that we are using the game to support the development of English and Maths within the national curriculum."

Added Academy Principal Craig Dillon:

"This is an exciting and innovative way of helping bring English and Maths to life and making the subjects more accessible to those students needing support in these areas. We're delighted that Steve and the WPBSA have chosen Sheffield Park as the launch pad for this excellent initiative."

The scheme will come under the spotlight when the BBC pays a visit to the academy this week to film work in progress, for airing during the World Snooker Championships.

We were fortunate to also be joined by The Lord Mayor who shared some of his skills with us.


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