Does your school know about your snooker?

SCHOOLS love to hear about the achievements of their students away from their studies.

It’s important that your tutor or year leader knows you play snooker and is kept up-to-date on your progress. It reflects well on the school and they may look favourably on a request for, say, a Friday off to travel to an EASB Premier Junior Tour event or the last-16 of a national championship.

Some schools will even help you out financially.

Keep them informed verbally and by sending them press cuttings. That’s what Steven Hughes and his family did.

As you may remember, the 13-year-old won the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Bronze Tour rankings title last season and reached six of the eight finals.

Press cuttings were sent to Toynbee School, in Chandler’s Ford, along with e-mailed updates and last Friday evening Hughes received recognition at the 2014/15 Sports Awards.

The teenager – who increased his highest competitive break last season to 43 and leads the Eastleigh & District Under-19 League and is joint top of the Open Series at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club and recently signed a sponsorship deal with Vankru Cycling – was presented with full colours for snooker and a sporting performance award.

Report by Tim Dunkley.