Kids can cue up for free snooker in the Capital

Gennaro Cortellessa with budding young snooker players Euan Bathgate, left, and Luke Sayers. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Gennaro Cortellessa with budding young snooker players Euan Bathgate, left, and Luke Sayers. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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The Ball Room in Morningside is offering children free snooker this summer in a bid to increase the number of youngsters playing the sport in Edinburgh.

Owner Gennaro Cortellessa is concerned by a drop in the number of kids cueing up in the Capital and is opening the Jordan Lane venue’s doors during the school holidays.

He said: “The number of kids playing snooker is falling and we feel that unless snooker clubs do something it will have a devastating impact for the game in Scotland.

“This county has always been one of the best for producing world-class snooker players such as Stephen Hendry and John Higgins. We want to do something to help ensure we can continue to produce top talent.”

The Ball Room, originally called the Angle Club, has recently been renovated as the Cortellessa family have opened venues in Glasgow and Bellshill. Others, in Perth, Galashiels and Dunfermline, will open shortly.

Cortellessa added: “The Ball Room stays away from the stereotypical idea people have of snooker and pool clubs. We are open to everyone and are the ideal place for days out.

“We are family-friendly and serve hot food, so parents can bring their kids in and sit in a clean and friendly environment and enjoy a glass of wine or a coffee while their kids play.

“There isn’t enough being done at the moment to encourage new young players, so hopefully the offer of free snooker with their friends will help entice some to take up the game.”

n THE offer of free snooker and American and British pool at The Ball Room is open to all kids between 10 and 17 years old, seven days a week between 11am and 6pm during the school holidays. Any kids who play with a parent or adult get a reduced rate of £6 for two hours, an offer available all year. Children are allowed in with their friends until 9pm and can stay until 11pm if accompanied by an adult.