15-year-old qualifies as referee

A TEENAGER from Chandler’s Ford has become one of the youngest qualified snooker referees in the country.

Following months of studying and a couple of tutoring sessions in Hove, Steven Hughes (pictured) passed his Class 3 exam “with flying colours”.

The 15-year-old, who has ambitions to be a professional referee and officiate in the world championships at the Crucible, was tested by Derek Budde, the south east regional area tutor-examiner for the English Association of Snooker & Billiards.

Hughes is based at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club and competes on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Gold Tour and the EASB Regional Junior Tour – South West.

Picture by Tim Dunkley.

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By Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)

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