South West Academy earns World Snooker status

Paul Mount
The academy has been funded by snooker manager Paul Mount

The South West Snooker Academy in Gloucestershire has been made a World Snooker centre of excellence.

The Quedgeley-based site, which has only been open a year, has been given the accolade by snooker's governing body, the WPBSA.

Paul Mount, who set up the academy, told BBC Gloucestershire: "It gives us a lot of recognition as we are the first centre of excellence in Europe.

"To be included in the WPBSA's vision for the future is very big for us."

The academy boasts a 350-seater arena and 12 competition-standard tables, and Hunt hopes their new status will bring more events to the centre.

"We've got the qualifying for the UK competition here in November and we've got another player's championship in October, so that will be our third snooker event this year and I think there will be more," added Mount.

"Already we've had people from the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Venezuela and Brazil, and people know when they come here they are going to get the best service."