Leonard Cheshire Disability has been announced as the official disability partners for the World Snooker Championships’ Disability Day 2016.
In an initiative aimed at encouraging people with disabilities to participate in snooker, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) will stage its second annual ‘World Disability Day’ in the event’s host city, Sheffield, on Thursday 21st April.
External Communications Officer Barney Cullum said “Research published by our charity earlier this year found that 57 percent of disabled people are currently doing no sport or physical activity, with a lack of suitable opportunities cited as the largest barrier to participation.”
“In light of these findings, and to mark the Paralympic year, Leonard Cheshire Disability is working hard to create a great many more opportunities for participation.”
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “We are proud to be a sport for all. We are delighted to see the involvement of so many groups and we are pleased to see our players and coaches engaging with our new activities and the work of the WDBS.”
Players who have competed in WDBS events will be present during the morning of Disability Day to play doubles matches with members of the public.
Other events will be taking place throughout the day.
Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries. For more information please visit the website.