Why 786 is now a significant number for Cuestars

WHAT a fantastic start to 2024!

A JustGiving page created on Facebook five days before Christmas to help players selected for international tournaments has already met its target. In fact, it has been exceeded.

At the time of writing, £1,050 has been donated in just two weeks. The page stays open until March.

In a new year message filmed at Salisbury Snooker Club, Cuestars director John Hunter said a “massive thanks” to all those that contributed to the total, especially the “game changing” anonymous donation of £786. (The number 786 has a special significance for Muslims.)

At least five Cuestars members will be selected for this year’s European Championships in Sarajevo. The fund will help with flight and hotel costs for our players travelling to the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina in March.

In other news, there are places still available for the Joe Perry Under-21 Super Series which kicks off in Newbury on January 13. The winner of each of the three events collects a whopping and guaranteed £500. And the overall rankings winner receives a free Q School place.

Cuestars has a new logo designed by Steve Binfield of Betta Designs, which does the artwork for Snooker Legends. Andy Battams, a Seniors Tour player, is turning the logo into a badge, which will be presented to international selected players.

And the Cuestars Academy Levels and Practice Challenges can now be downloaded to a computer. This means they can be printed off and taken to the practice table. Result sheets will be available soon.

A full Academy Level set containing 35 routines costs £4.99. A Practice Challenge with 10 routines is £3.99.

Picture: Aidan Murphy, last season’s Super Series champion