July 26, 2010

Ronnie Wonka is at it again for Rileys

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 11:49 am

Mr Wonka is down with the kids

Ronnie O’Sullivan aka snooker’s version of Willy Wonka is not content with just coaching his young protege, Charlie Bucket, I mean Joel Walker and is now giving away 147,000 free memberships of Rileys Clubs to youngsters across the country. I hope he’s cleared it with them first.

Thankfully, it appears he has as he tells reporters ‘I’m delighted that Rileys are letting me give away 147,000 Junior Memberships to their clubs. With the summer holidays just around the corner, youngsters will want to try new sports’.

Yes but Ron, don’t you think they might want to be outside? 

He ignores this and goes on: ‘Rileys clubs provide them with a safe environment surrounded by experienced staff. The clubs are good value, and in most cases just down the road. Parents can feel relaxed about them learning my game at Rileys’.

Then everyone’s favourite chocolatier intellectualises things even further by saying ‘Pool and snooker are great for helping youngsters improve their ability to concentrate, and improve their maths. My maths used to be terrible!’

I take his point on snooker improving your maths as long as you specialise in your eight times table, but pool? Come on Ron get a grip any old dunce can understand that.

Put it down or you'll go blind.

Rileys Chief Executive Maurice ‘Mozza’ Kelly said: “Rileys are committed to developing snooker in the UK. We want to work with Ronnie O’Sullivan in every way to encourage young people to play snooker and pool”.

“Our first-ever Future Stars competition attracted nearly 1,000 under 16s trying to become the next Ronnie O’Sullivan. They are the future of the game. We are working at grassroots to give them real opportunities.”

So come on kids, get off your PS3’s, sign off that Facebook account, they aren’t real friends, switch off that music channel that has the scantily clad girls on and put down that ladies lingerie section of the latest catalogue your mum ordered and get a different kind of wand in your hands.

Pick up your cue and go and get one of the free memberships, you could end up being the next Rocket, or failing that a maths teacher.

I’m doing this as a favour to Rileys as our hastily abandoned car didn’t get nicked from outside one of their ‘rough end’ clubs during the Merseyside monsoon season last week.

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