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Cue Sports

Men’s Club Captain: Benjamin Rigby – benjamin.p.rigby@durham.ac.uk

Women’s Club Captain: Louise O'Regan louise.o'regan@durham.ac.uk

Cue sports is the collective term for pool and snooker at Durham University. We welcome players of all abilities to enjoy one of the University’s biggest and most social participation sports. Our varied and friendly provision is split across two main performance and participation pathways.

Performance

Durham University Cue Sports Club provides talented male and female students the opportunity to play competitive pool and snooker against other universities in BUCS competitions. We host regular practice sessions at various colleges, or local halls around Durham that can be easily reached by bus or car. We typically enter both men’s and women’s teams into three to four tournaments each year in:

  • · 8-ball pool
  • · 9-ball pool
  • · Snooker

Players for both the men’s and women’s cue sports teams are ordinarily, but not exclusively, put forward by their college teams. However, open trials are held each year during the Michaelmas term. If you are interested in playing you can sign-up at the welcome week sports fair or email the club captain.

Recent club honours

BUCS 8-ball Pool Championship winners (Women’s 1st team) – 2018

BUCS 8-ball Pool Championship runners-up (Women’s 1st team) – 2015

BUCS 8-ball Pool Championship third-place (Women’s 1st team) – 2017

BUCS 8-ball Pool Trophy winners (Men’s 1st team) – 2013; 2015

BUCS 8-ball Pool Trophy winners (Women’s 2nd team) - 2015

BUCS 8-ball Pool Shield runners-up (Men’s 3rd team) – 2014

BUCS Snooker Trophy third-place (Men’s 1st team) – 2013; 2016; 2017; 2018

BUCS Snooker Shield runners-up (Men’s 2nd team) - 2015

Participation

The Durham University Pool League (commonly referred to as the DUPL) is a separate but closely aligned student run organisation, affiliated to Team Durham. It oversees all college pool and snooker for students and staff alike, and has approximately 500 active members. Every college has one or more pool tables, and Grey, Van Mildert and Hild Bede colleges also have snooker tables.

While a recognised pathway into the university playing squad, college pool and snooker exists to be very friendly and social. All competitions are mixed-gender. The league caters for all levels of ability from complete novice, through to university team players. It is where many students learn how to play the games, as most have never done so before arriving at university. Most colleges offer coaching among players on an informal basis. Regular league matches, team and individual competitions, and friendly fixtures are held throughout the academic year.

Click here to find out who organises pool and snooker in each college

For more information about the DUPL, visit the website below or contact the league’s President via email: pool.league@durham.ac.uk