Jason Francis, chairman of World Seniors Snooker and “inventor “of the Snooker Legends is passionate about snooker, caring about people, extremely dynamic, has a background in the world of theatre, panto, and shows … and a creative mind.
Since the lockdown, he has come up with a number of initiatives aiming at keeping people busy and positive whilst gathering money to support the NHS, and its equivalent organisations in other countries.
The first one was the blue ball challenge.
Players who have a table at home were invited to attempt to pot the blue – on its spot – playing from the D. There were given 10 attempts and were invited either to do it “live” on Facebook or to record their performance to be shown later on social media. Everyone interested in supporting them was invited to have a guess about how many they would get, just for fun, to watch and, if possible, to make a donation to support a health service, NHS, or a local hospital, a charity or the player’s national health service if they aren’t British.
Players from all abilities and backgrounds took the challenge: seniors, juniors, main tour, men and women, able-bodied and disabled. Players came from Britain, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Bermuda, Thailand … and I’m sure I’m missing quite a few.
Gary Filtness, a Senior player, was the first to take the challenge and scored 10 out of 10!
On May 4, this was proudly published
Polo shirts are now available, featuring the players’ name and their score. They are available for £20, of which £10 goes to the cause.
Here is the “Dylan Smith” one … Dylan is only 12 years old and scored 8 out of 10!
If you are interested in getting a polo, and support the cause, here is the link allowing you to order one by email
The blue ball challenge was a great success but, as not every player has access to a table at home, the cause is currently running out of blue ball challengers…
So Jason is now coming up with a different challenge: the first poke.
Here is Jason explaining what it’s all about:
And that’s not all … the snooker family got together to produce this 🎤:
Here is what was shared by Jason on the World Seniors Snooker official Facebook page, regarding the song and rights attached to it:
The Snooker Family have come together to continue our fundraising for Health Workers. If you enjoy this please consider donating to our cause at
This recording is a cover performed with permission of the owner of the backing track. Karaoke. Co. Uk Original Song written by Sting (c) A&M records ltd. We do not own the copyright or any rights to the song
So, if you want to help and support your health services, there are plenty of ways you can do just that AND have fun at the same time! THANK YOU!