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Snooker in Sheffield

If you want to see what can be done with a bunch of balls and a snooker cue then Sheffield is the city for you.

Snooker is a form of billiards, which was developed in India in the 19th century by Sir Neville Chamberlain, a British soldier stationed out there. Eventually the game made its way back to UK shores and the first world championship was held in 1927.

Today the World Championship is a major event on the snooker calendar, and since 1977 they have been held at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre [map].

Every April all the top players from around the world gather in Sheffield to compete, supported by a multitude of snooker fans. In fact the event is usually a sell out for the venue months in advance.

As well as the fans who get to watch the game live, there are around 32 million additional television viewers, making this is one of the most watched sports in the UK.

Over the years the Crucible has seen some excellent games and some outstanding champions, most notably Englishman Steve Davis who has won the event six times, and Scotsman Stephen Hendry who has won seven times.

If you want to give the game a go for yourself then there are several venues across Sheffield where you can practise your snooker skills from sun-up to sun-down.

Rileys Pool and Snooker Club [map] on Lescar Lane is open all hours of the day and night so whenever you are ready for a game, they are ready for you. With 20 snooker tables to choose from, a big screen and an on-site shop, you’ll only need to pop out for the occasional bite to eat.

You’ll also find a Rileys [map] on Birley Moor with 16 snooker tables, two English pool tables and nine American pool tables.

Abbey Snooker [map] is another option for exercising your cueing talents. Here you’ll find 14 full size tables available until 11.30pm every day of the week. You will need to join to use this club, however membership is only around £10 a year.

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