May 30, 2011

Introducing ‘The Snookerbacker Classic’

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 4:59 pm

I’ve been rambling on now for a few days about my latest big idea. I should be in holiday mode as myself and Mrs SB leave for Italy on Thursday morning, which means I will miss the fun over in Gloucester of the Pink Ribbon Event. But to her frustration I have predictably found a way to turn my attention to something other than washing and ironing and have been making calls in preparation for ‘The Snookerbacker Classic 2012’.

Here is all you need to know about this in a nutshell:

The Concept:

Four venues, three with a maximum of 32 amateur players competing and one with a maximum of 64 amateur players competing. Quality venues are being negotiated for regional heats in the following areas:


Northern England


Southern England

While I am currently in the negotiation stages it looks likely that the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds will host the Northern England event and Ali Carter’s club in Chelmsford will host the Southern England event. I will be hopefully confirming Terry Griffiths Matchroom in Llaneli for the Welsh event and I’m waiting on some further information about a suitable venue in Scotland.

In each event, the players will play Best of 7 frame matches over the course of one day and be whittled down to a final two, who will then move into ‘Finals Day’ in Chelmsford where the final eight will battle it out. If The Captain is free he will be on hand to present the prizes.

Entrance Fee and Prizes:

Entrance fee will be £50 per entry, per event. There are no restrictions on how many events any one player can enter in attempting to make finals day. Entries are not restricted to players from that region and each event should be looked on as a national competition and a chance to qualify for Finals Day.

All players that make Finals Day will have their £50 entrance fee for the event they are successful in refunded in full.

On Finals Day the eight remaining players will compete for the following prizes:

Winner: Full Entrance Fee paid to the 2012 Q-School, plus Entrance Fee paid to four 2012/13 season PTC Events plus of course The Snookerbacker Classic Trophy.

Runner-Up: Full Entrance Fee paid to the 2012 Q-School.

In return the successful players will enter into the same arrangement as Allan Taylor had with the blog this year. Namely that if they make professional they will agree to return 20% of their first season earnings (after an initial £5000 earned to cover expenses) to blog investors. They will also agree to wear the logo on their waistcoats for the first season (subject to World Snooker regulations).

Dates and Promotion:

I am envisaging holding the first event in November or December 2011 with at least a three week gap between subsequent events. I would hope to hold the Finals Day in March or April 2012. Dates will not clash with 2011/12 PTC events to allow all amateurs the chance to compete. I will be calling in a few favours when it comes to promotion and I would hope that by the time the event is underway it will be something that the snooker community at large are well aware of and looking forward to.

The Next Stages:

Are negotiations with venues and possible sponsors. Once I am happy that everything is in place the tournament will be open for entries.

Allan Taylor on why you should enter:

‘SB has come up with a way for someone in the amateur game to win six matches and get the £1000 Q-school Entry paid, for absolutely nothing but your expenses, win seven and you get a further four PTC events paid for, I can’t think of another event on the amateur circuit offering such an opportunity. Add to this that the venues are top quality and entering this is a no-brainer for a player with serious ambitions. Having worked with SB these past few months I can tell you that you won’t regret ‘sealing the deal’ when it comes to your side of the bargain, the publicity that you will get in return is worth its weight in gold, he’s also a good chap to work with, it’s all good. I will be entering this event as soon as I get the nod from Snookerbacker and I look forward to seeing (and beating haha) some of my regular sparring partners at the venue’

How you can get involved:

Play in it! If you fancy your chances in an event like this the obvious way to get involved is to register for one or more of the events. Details of how to do that will follow but if you would like to express an interest please email me at [email protected] and call your email ‘PLAYER’. Please bear in mind that three of the four qualifying events are restricted to 32 players, while the final qualifying event, probably the Southern England one, will be restricted to 64.

Attend an Event! If you are regular reader of the blog, or a blogger yourself. Come along, watch some top quality snooker in top drawer facilities and tweet and blog away to your heart’s content. If you have any skills that you think you could add to the event’s organisation then please let me know. Email me at [email protected] and call your email ‘ATTEND’.

Sponsor it! If you have your own company or if you know of a company or individual that would like to get involved on a sponsorship basis or even if you just have a suggestion for me then please get in touch at [email protected] and call your email ‘SPONSOR’. I am particularly interested in getting sponsors for each event for the Highest Break, on a ‘pound a point’ basis. I might also like to have a 6-Red Plate Event for first round losers at each venue, for which I’d require some sponsorship of prizes. Sponsorship packages can be discussed directly with me.

Invest in the Winners! If you would like to know more about investing in the two successful players from the event then please drop me a line at [email protected] and call your email ‘INVEST’. Investments will start at £50 right up to a full 20% share in one of the winners at £1000.

So what does everyone think? I want to make this a special event with its own unique feel, it’s a big project but I reckon with a bit of hard work, support and creativity we can pull this off.

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