Snooker For Health & Friendship (SHF)
Our Mission Statement: Snooker For Health & Friendship is about CONNECTING communities and EMPOWERING people individually & collectively through cue sports. We break down barriers: https://www.guardian-series.co.uk/NEWS/16043871.meet-the-club-getting-people-with-disabilities-involved-in-snooker/#comments-anchor
SHF disability snooker sessions run on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays of the month from 3.00-6.00 pm at YMCA, 642, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 3EF.
We are open to any person, clinically diagnosed with a disability and his/her carer. We engage actively with seniors, parents & professional carers - all of whom stay during sessions. We actively engage with them, to get to know our players (of all ages), their motivation & aspirations. We value both parents’ & carers’ contribution as we seek together to listen & empower one another based on our ethos shared with all. If you are looking for an easy ‘reclusive’ club simply to 'park' your teenager/the person for whom you care, that will not challenge either of you, then, this engaging community is not for you.
All ages, all disabilities & all special schools' youths & seniors are warmly welcomed. First month's sessions are free and must be booked on 020 8503 2665 prior to coming. Thereafter, the session costs only £3 per player, as costs have been subsidised by our sponsor (see below).
SHF will be open during school holidays. We do not follow school term times. NEW snooker tables have JUST arrived. Consequently, we now have new openings from 3 pm. New senior members will be especially welcomed. Please book in advance by phone/e-mail as this is not a drop-in session.
Historically, SHF was founded by a solicitor together with a former London 2012 project of WheelPower (Motivate East). It is the one & only snooker club in Greater London that has full disabled access. It is a duly constituted & independent disability 'sport for health & friendship' community club, not-for-profit, run wholly by grassroots volunteers, made up of (1) community coaches trained by WPBSA and (2) carers, all of whom happily give their time free - wholly unpaid. SHF volunteers are trained by WPBSA, StreetGames and YoungMinds. See: https://youngminds.org.uk/
All monies collected from members go entirely to club costs. It is important to note that SHF club uses listening and communication skills and 'group-play therapy' (no solo practice) for members' (1) physical wellbeing, (2) mental health, (3) personal growth and (4) for connecting members with pathways to paid employment.
We are not talent scouts; we are relationship mentors.
[Having said that, two of our very young players competed at World Disability Billiards & Snooker and our Waltham Forest newbie, amazingly, secured against much older adults, not once but twice, runner-up positions in the Intellectual Disability Class. He is supported in his snooker Paralympic ambition by LBWF from his EHCP. For those interested in competitions, see below, Gone2Pot (mainstream weekly snooker club) if U-18. For adults, see WDBS: https://www.wdbs.info/about-us/]
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is a valued sponsor of SHF's youth work in LBWF.
LATEST GOOD NEWS UPDATE FOR MEMBERS:
(1) Thanks to Big Lottery Fund we will sponsor a new disability snooker club for mental health in North London in 2019.
(2) Watch out for 'T-Ability Sports For All' (a community sports fun day at YMCA for everyone to try 6 different accessible sports, come 20/2/2019) for which Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coaches, SHF coaches & coaches from Disability Sports Coach have volunteered to support the LBWF funded multi-sports event. For details on how to book a FREE place, please download the TASFA 2019 flyer.
(3) News from Gone2Pot for competitive U-18s: http://camdennewjournal.com/article/snooker-aces-pocket-top-awards
- Contact Name
- T. Mac
- Contact Position
- 020 8503 2665
- East London YMCA
642, Forest Road
London Borough of Waltham Forest
- E17 3EF
VENUE PARKING: There is a car parking charge of £5.00 by YMCA if the disabled person/carer does not have a disabled person's Blue Badge on his/her car. Make sure you bring the written evidence (eg., DLA, PIP or LCs Freedom Pass) to show YMCA Reception Desk, that you or the person you care for has been clinically diagnosed with a disability, so that, staff can exercise their discretion to give you FREE parking. Otherwise YMCA staff will not notice genuine 'hidden' disabilities such as for example, intellectual disability that brings with it the lack of safety awareness, cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia or such like. Buses to venue are 123 from Wood Green and 275 from Walthamstow to Barkingside.
- When is it on
- 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesday of the month from 3.00 - 6.00 PM (NB. 5.00-6.00 pm is very busy)
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type £3.00 Per Session
- Age Ranges
- All ages. Seniors welcomed!
- Referral required