VIDEO: Snooker championships hosts ladies day in Sheffield

Horseracing isn’t the only sport to embrace ladies and have a dedicated day for them.

The World Snooker Championship, which is under way at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, had a distinctive female flavour as it staged its own dedicated Ladies’ Day.

Pupils from Sheffield Park Academy and Handsworth Grange took part in a snooker competition with professional women players as part of ladies day at the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield.

Pupils from Sheffield Park Academy and Handsworth Grange took part in a snooker competition with professional women players as part of ladies day at the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield.

The annual event, held at Cue Zone in the Winter Garden, aims to get more women involved in snooker – as players, fans and officials.

Schoolgirls and members of the public got the chance to take on some of the female players and receive some free coaching.

The profile of the sport with women has been raised by Reanne Evans, who was World Ladies Snooker Champion for 10 years, and earlier this year was awarded a place in the qualifying rounds of this year’s world championship.

Snooker coach Andrew Highfield said: “The profile of Reanne has encouraged a lot more ladies to take the game on.

Pupils from Sheffield Park Academy and Handsworth Grange took part in a snooker competition with professional women players as part of ladies day at the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield.

Pupils from Sheffield Park Academy and Handsworth Grange took part in a snooker competition with professional women players as part of ladies day at the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield.

“I am currently coaching a lot of lady players in the Midlands who have come here today to help. One has only been playing for three months got to the last 16 of the Ladies World Championships.

“Through the Cue Zone in Schools programme the figures have revealed that 40 per cent of the players are actually girls in the schools, which is encouraging.”

Schoolgirls from Sheffield Park Academy, Manor and Handsworth Grange Community Sports College, Handsworth got the chance to pick up tips from top professional female players.

Pupil Charlotte Foster, aged 14, from Handsworth Grange, said: “It was great to have a go. I’d love to see a snooker table in our school.”

Olivia Lomes, 14, added: “I’m a bit more interested in snooker after today.”

The day also aimed to raise money for World Snooker’s official charity – Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston.

There was a purple theme with players and some fans wearing something purple to show their support for the charity.