Snooker Player

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Professional snooker players play snooker in tournaments, to win titles, and earn money. Snooker is a game of skill, precision and strategy, and requires dedication and talent to become a professional.

The Work

As a professional player you could be:


Your income will be irregular and variable because it depends on sponsorship, appearance fees and prize money. As winner in a local league, for example, you might get £1,000. The best way to supplement your prize money is to get company sponsorship. This way you will receive an income for advertising and endorsing products.

For top players, winning a number of competitions over a year can give earnings from around £90,000 up to £250,000, but sometimes more. Although a few top players earn large sums, the vast majority have to do an ‘ordinary’ part time job as well.


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Getting In

As a snooker player, you would be unlikely to work for a regular employer but would have to get funding from sponsorship and short term contracts.

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:


Getting On

More Information

The English Institute of Sport (EIS) Sheffield is home to Star Snooker Academy, which coaches players from all over the world. This has been the training ground for many top players. On 26 April 2013 the first Ladies' Day was held at the Crucible Theatre Sheffield, to promote the sport to girls and women. (The Crucible is the location of the Snooker World Championships).


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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