CUESTARS is excited to announce that snooker professional Joe Perry has accepted an invitation to become our first ambassador.
The world number 28 described the role as an “honour” and reckons our organisation that runs grassroot tournaments across central southern England is a “model that many should try to emulate”.
Perry, 48, has been a professional for 31 years – and counting. He was the guest professional at the Cuestars Under-21 Championships Day in 2015 and 2022.
He said: “It is an honour for me to be asked to be an ambassador for the amazing Cuestars.
“I’ve always been very keen to follow amateur snooker, especially at junior level, because – of course – it’s where most of us start that special journey.
“Cuestars is probably the best example of junior snooker from beginner level to almost professional standard and is a model that many should try to emulate. That’s why it was a very easy decision for me to take on this role as ambassador.
“I will seek to give advice, guidance and encouragement to all the players involved and hopefully be part of the incredible journey of becoming a professional snooker player.
“I look forward to getting started as soon as possible.”
Following this year’s end-of-season finale at Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon, Perry invited Bradley Cowdroy, Connor Benzey and Oliver Sykes to his house in Cambridgeshire for a two-day masterclass in July. And, in August, Harry Wyatt, Asten Sahota, O’Shay Scott, William Thomson and Zain Jeraj spent a brilliant day with the cueist nicknamed – for many good reasons – The Gentleman.
Speaking after the second trip, Cuestars director John Hunter said: “Joe again provided an amazing day for our players. The boys did us proud.”
In his role as ambassador, Perry will attend the annual Under-21 Championships Day or provide an alternative professional, allow our top-four under-21 and top-four under-16 players to spend a day at his house during the summer break and give consideration to mentoring should a Cuestars player win a place on the World Snooker Tour.
In addition, although still a highly-ranked and therefore busy professional player, Perry says he is happy to accept coaching enquiries from Cuestars players.
Picture: Joe Perry with some Cuestars junior prospects