Snooker guru is on cue to school young players

ON CUE: Anthony Hebblethwaite is set to open his youth academy at St Michael's snooker club
ON CUE: Anthony Hebblethwaite is set to open his youth academy at St Michael's snooker club
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A record-breaking snooker player is set to realise a long-held ambition this month.

Anthony Hebblethwaite, who set a Guinness World record with his brother Nathan after playing non-stop for 76 hours in June 2014, is set to open a snooker academy for children within St Michael’s Snooker Club.

His 20-week Paul Hunter Foundation funded academy, which aims to take youngsters from first steps right up to break building, will open weekly from Saturday, January 23 at on Alverthorpe Road between 10am and noon.

Mr Hebblethwaite said: “I became a World Snooker coach because I’ve always had an interest in getting more kids playing the game.”

After a promising amateur career and noting the low numbers of young players, Mr Hebblethwaite turned to a tuition scheme, which was developed by former world champion and current coaching guru Terry Griffiths.

Mr Hebblethwaite completed his coaching course at last year’s world championships in Sheffield and was handed his certificate by snooker legend Steve Davis.

Since then the Ossett man has run free snooker sessions for children down at St Michael’s, with the support of owner Andrew Pinegar.

He has already got a dozen juniors lined up for the course and is already thinking further ahead.

He said: “I hope that once I’ve got this started then maybe I can start another group. I’ve had a lot of interest from people outside Wakefield too.”

Although the new group is currently full, Mr Hebblethwaite is still keen to hear from any budding snooker players and may be able to steer them in the right direction. For more information please contact Mr Hebblethwaite on 0751 2338077 or visit his website: www.snookerclass.com.