Press release/ invitation to the media from Janie Watkins
We have great pleasure in inviting you to attend the Pink Ribbon Charity Pro Am at the South West Snooker Academy 1-5 June 2011
1-2 June – amateur qualifying rounds
3-4 June – 40 of the World’s leading professionals join the tournament
5 June – Last 16 round through to the final
World Champion John Higgins heads the field, along with potting sensation Judd Trump, crowd favourite Jimmy White, Stephen Maguire, Graeme Dott, Mark Allen and many other professionals.
We are particularly pleased to welcome Kacper Filipiak from Poland, the newly crowned European under 21 champion. At just 15 years of age Kacper will be the youngest professional on the World Snooker tour in 2011-12. Kacper is resident at the Academy on a join Scholarship between the South West Snooker Academy and the EBSA.
All proceeds from this event go to our chosen charity – Breast Cancer Awareness. We raised over £6,000 last year and aim to exceed that figure this.
We are delighted to be working with our event partners: MIUS (Event Sponsor), Peter’s Foods, Bottle Green, Gloucester Limos.
As part of the fund raising activities there will be a “Pink bus” and “balloon release to launch the tournament and to welcome “key” players to the venue
There will also be a charity raffle and a charity auction (which will take place during our Legends event on 7 June)
Friday 3 June – 9am – Pink Bus arrival and balloon release to welcome the professionals to the tournament
Friday 9am – Bristol professional Andrew Norman plays his first match, as does World Junior Ladies champion, Hannah Jones (Derby)
Friday 1pm – Gloucester’s World No 33 Robert Milkins takes to the table, along with Gerard Greene and Wiltshire’s Adam Wicheard.
Friday 3pm – Fresh from the Crucible – Martin Gould and Barry Hawkins start their Pink campaign, as does Daniel Wells, The Welsh Champion and No 1, back on tour this season.
Friday 3 June 5pm – Pink Bus and Balloon release – John Higgins, Judd Trump, Reanne Evans will all arrive at the venue in the Pink Bus – There will be a photo shoot and balloon release.
Saturday 4 June – 9am Pink Ribbon champion Michael Holt starts his defence. Kacper Filipiak, Mark Allen, Andrew Pagett all start their matches.
Saturday 4 June – 11am – Jimmy White starts his matches. (Note: Jimmy is scheduled to play consecutive matches due to commitments in the evening)
Sunday 5 June – 9am – Last 16
Sunday 5 June – 12pm – Quarter Finals
Sunday 5 June - 3pm – Semi Finals
Sunday 5 June – 6pm – The Final followed by Presentations.
All media and photographers are very welcome throughout the event, or if unable to attend, please request information and photographs from us.
We have wireless internet available at the venue and a small media facility for your use.
We will be happy to arrange interviews and appearances with players. It would be helpful if you could send your requests in advance for ease of arrangements.
Photographers: Please note: There is no flash photography allowed anywhere in the playing areas. You can photograph matches but use of motor drives is discouraged due to noise interference!
TV and Radio: There is parking for Ob units. Please contact us to arrange to reserve parking at the times you require
I look forward to welcoming you to our flagship event of the year.
We would also like to extend the same invitation to you to attend The Legends Tour at SWSA on Tuesday 7 June at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Interviews must be by prior arrangements.
The Legends Tour evening features Jimmy White Dennis Taylor, Cliff Thorburn, John Parrott, with John Virgo as compere and commentator and Michaela Tabb as referee.
Janie E Watkins
On Q Promotions/South West Snooker Academy Media Officer