SO WHAT exactly are these school holidays competitions at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club and what do they consist of?
They started with the May Half-Term Cup in 2013 and have run on every weekday during every school holiday ever since. That’s six separate competitions every year. In fact, day 15 of this year’s Rotary Summer Cup will be the 200th day in total that World Snooker coach Tim Dunkley has run.
The fourth Rotary Summer Cup kicks off on Thursday, July 21, and ends on Friday, September 2. That’s 32 days (or 128 hours) of green-baize action! Separate ranking points are awarded for the morning activity and the afternoon snooker. Fridays are always snooker all day and so double points are awarded.
The player who accumulates the most points each week wins a trophy. The top three at the end of the 32 days win trophies. Three more trophies are also on offer for the most ranking points won in just the billiards, just the cricket and just the Cuestars Coaching Programme (five-point bonus for each level passed). There is also a small daily prize of a bar of chocolate or a drink.
FIXED WEEKLY TIMETABLE
Monday: Cuestars Coaching Programme (one hour), extended snooker session
Tuesday: Billiards, snooker
Wednesday: Surprise activity, snooker
Thursday: Cricket, snooker
Friday: Snooker all day
The hours are 11am-3pm and the cost is £6 a day. All activities are handicapped. Players must be aged under-18. Non-members welcome at no extra cost. Complete beginners catered for. There is no dress code, no need to pre-register and no requirement to turn up every day. Just arrive before 11am on any day that you fancy escaping from that nasty hot sun. As well as the specified activities, etiquette and the rules are also covered. And a few extra challenges will be thrown in along the way.
Previous winners were Steven Hughes (2013), Bowen Zhu (2014) and Ryan Hughes (2015).
For more details or if you have any questions, email: [email protected]
Picture by Tim Dunkley. Final day line-up last year