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Snooker For Health & Friendship (SHF)

Our Mission Statement: Snooker For Health & Friendship is about CONNECTING communities and EMPOWERING people individually & collectively through disability sports & especially cue sports. We break down barriers:

Our success has been reported by the press three times!

SHF disability snooker sessions run on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays of the month from 3.15-6.00 pm at YMCA, 642, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 3EF. 

We are open to any person, clinically diagnosed with any disability/disorder & his/her carer. We engage actively with seniors, parents & professional carers - all of whom happily stay during sessions. Tea & coffee are provided. Bring your own snacks to eat & share!

We actively engage with all, 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 'listening' 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 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 as usual during the school holidays including August. We do not follow school term times as we open for ALL ages. New members are welcomed but please phone in advance by phone/e-mail for the first 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: Volunteers are welcomed. Please contact us.

All monies collected from members go entirely to club costs (equipment, venue & training). 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 employment.

“Snooker is great for mental well being!” “Come & give it a go! There is nothing to lose & everything to be gained.” “You can meet & make friends, learn new skills, new pathways, empathise or simply chill.”

We are not talent scouts; we are relationship mentors.

Having said that, one of our members was 'LBWF Sportsperson of the Year 2018'; another won a Bronze at London Youth Games 2019 in Sailing & two young players competed at World Disability Billiards & Snooker. The Waltham Forest snooker newbie, amazingly, secured against much older adults, not once but thrice, Silver: Runner-up positions in the Intellectual Disability Class at WDBS. He is supported in his snooker ambition by LBWF from his EHCP. For youths keen on snooker competitions, see below, Gone2Pot (mainstream weekly snooker club) if U-18. For adults, see WDBS:

Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is a valued sponsor of SHF's youth work at YMCA Walthamstow in LBWF.

Snooker Masters 2018 programme article

Waltham Forest Echo article April 2018

Find us on the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association website


(1) John Fowler most recently won his Bronze medal in sailing at London Youth Games 2019 & David Mac was Runner-up at Gone2Pot June 2019 snooker tournament, competing with non-disabled London youths. David Mac has just started rowing on water this summer & immediately enjoys rowing so much, that, he hopes to train & be a qualified coach one day.

(2) TASFA 2 is coming! T-Ability Sports For All (TASFA 2 sequel) is our FREE Giving-Back-To-Community snooker competition day open to all Londoners.

Following the success of the pilot, this sequel is open with other sports tasters, to all ages & all with disabilities with their professional carers, schools, families & friends. This sequel will be on FRIDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2019. Come & enjoy with Spurs, YMCA Disability Gym, Snooker Competition, Pool, Boxing, Smart Squash & Sound Ball Games.  

(3) A newly approved pilot project is our blind football for totally new beginners. The balls for those with visual impairment have bells in them.

The pilot football project coached by Spurs Foundation football coaches for those with visual impairment is 'ON' every first, third & fifth Wednesday of the month from September from 5-6 pm at YMCA, Walthamstow. Please phone 020 8503 2665 if you need more details.



Who to contact

Contact Name
T. Mac
Contact Position
020 8503 2665

Where to go

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.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesday of the month from 3.15 - 6.00 PM (NB. 5.00-6.00 pm is very busy)

Other Information


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£3.00 Per Session


Age Ranges
All ages. Seniors welcomed!
Referral required

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