Tomorrow sees the start of the Pink Ribbon Tournament, a large pro-am which will be the first event at the impressive new South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester.
It is the brainchild of Paul Mount, who manages a stable of players including Jimmy White, Barry Hawkins and Stephen Lee.
Money from entry fees, after deductions to cover the prize fund, will go breast cancer charities.
Mount’s sister died of the disease and he is dedicated to raising both money and awareness. His players all wear pink-backed waistcoats in tournaments.
The academy will host tournaments and offer practice facilities, much like at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield, which has just changed its focus to be the main venue for main tour qualifiers.
Stephen Maguire, Ryan Day, Judd Trump, Michael Holt, Stuart Bingham, Nigel Bond, Dominic Dale, Ricky Walden, Tony Drago and Matthew Stevens are among the entrants with a prize fund of £10,000.
Mount told global-snooker.com: “It’s not about the money. It’s about trying to make a difference and help to develop the sport. If snooker is better as a result I will be happy.”
What a refreshing attitude and what a great way of raising funds for an all too common disease.
I wish this new project nothing but success.