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South West Academy date for Jimmy White and Tony Drago

Paul Mount
Mount manages Jimmy White, Barry Hawkins and Stephen Lee

Snooker stars Jimmy White and Tony Drago are set to play at the South West Academy in Gloucester.

The exhibition match will be the first on the arena table at the Quedgeley venue on 12 October.

Academy owner Paul Mount told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "These players love to play in front of crowds.

"Having them here and getting them to show off their skills to people who enjoy snooker is important for the success of the academy."

Around 60 top professionals have either played or practiced at the academy in the two months since it opened, and 400 tickets for the match go on sale next week.

Mount hopes that this match will help promote the sport within the region.

"The league has been struggling for the last few years and we're trying to build that back up, but it would be nice if local clubs put more effort into holding local tournaments because we're doing our bit to try and get high ranking amateurs and professionals down here on a regular basis."

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