Top snooker players take on fundraising challenge

08 Apr 2020

With social gatherings on hold, one sports team has found a way to raise money for the NHS from their own homes.  The World Seniors Snooker Tour have raised almost £1,800 to support staff on the COVID front line.

The World Seniors Snooker Tour challenged their players with a snooker table at home to take part in the Blue Ball challenge, which requires players to pot 10 difficult blue balls.

Since the start of the challenge a number of high-profile snooker players have taken part including 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham, and Kyren Wilson whose little boys, Finley and Bailey, also took on the challenge. 

Supporting front line staff is especially important to this team as one of their own, Rohit Sagoo, is taking up a position at London’s new Nightingale field hospital, supporting patients with COVID-19.

The Blue Ball Challenge was set up by the World Seniors Snooker Chairman, Jason Francis, who said: “It started as a bit of fun but it’s gone viral now with players all over the world having a go and raising money for their national health service.”  Each player is streaming their challenge live across social media, with family, friends and supporters predicting how many balls each player will pot and some offering to donate more if they guess correctly.  The challenge has reached over 150,000 video views, with more players to come!

The team aimed to raise £1,470 in reference to 147 being the highest break in snooker, but have so far raised £1,795.  Thank you to the World Seniors Snooker Tour!

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