Proving snooker’s not loopy - record breaker cueing up to take sport into schools

Anthony Hebblethwaite.

Anthony Hebblethwaite.

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A world record breaking snooker player is aiming to take the game into more schools in the New Year.

Anthony Hebblethwaite, who jointly holds the Guinness World Record for playing the longest singles game, has now set his sights on schooling the stars of the future.

During the UK Championships in December, Mr Hebblethwaite went on a coaching seminar hosted by former world champion Steve Davis, who is championing ‘Functional Snooker’.

The concept, which aims to bolster children’s maths and English skills, replaces traditional scoring systems and brings in multiplication, and subtraction. It is played on half-sized tables in sports halls.

Mr Hebblethwaite, 25, of Ossett: “It’s got educational elements. It teaches them basic maths all the way up to advanced maths. It’s absolutely brilliant. I think there are now up to 20 school’s nationally who are playing it.”

He has also been inspired by the work of the Paul Hunter Foundation, which gives youngsters an opportunity to play snooker. He hopes more children will take up the game at St Michael’s Snooker Club where he plays.