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Paul Mount to open snooker academy in Gloucester

Paul Mount
Mount manages Stephen Lee and Barry Hawkins

A charity tournament will mark the opening of a snooker academy in Gloucester later this month.

The project, which features an arena for 400 people as well as numerous practice tables, has been set up and funded by snooker manager Paul Mount.

He told BBC Gloucestershire: "There is nowhere like this, and it's about time we had somewhere designed for snooker."

"It's not a club where people pay to play. It's for professional and amateur players to train and be coached."

The Pink Ribbon tournament stars on 17 June, and features 128 players, including more than 30 professionals.

"All the proceeds from the tournament will go to a breast cancer charity," added Mount. "In fact, all the money the academy makes will go to charity because it is a company limited by guarantee."

Mount looks after the affairs of several professional players, including Gloucester professional Robert Milkins.

"Rob has done well in the last year, and gone from a world ranking of 55 to 36. He'll be in here daily and he'll motivate people to aspire to his standards. Young people will see him and try to follow him."

After the opening event, the academy will also stage a qualifier for the World Open in July, and is pencilled in to host part of the qualifying school for the main professional tour in May 2011.

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