Burton-On-Trent will host snooker’s Q-School for the first time in May, and entry for fans will be free.
Players from 22 different countries around the world will be at the Meadowside Leisure Centre from May 14 to 25 for the qualifying school for World Snooker’s professional tour.
There will be eight two-year tour cards up for grabs, with the semi-finalists in each of the two tournaments earning the chance to play on the global circuit in 2015/16 and 2016/17.
They will be competing for over £8million in prize money, in major tournaments including the UK Championship and World Championship.
Top ladies player Reanne Evans, who competed in the World Championship qualifiers this year, is among the Q-School hopefuls. She plays her opening match on Friday May 15.
Experienced former top-32 star Marcus Campbell is also in the field and opens his campaign on Thursday May 14.
Also competing for tour cards will be former World Championship semi-finalist Andy Hicks, American pool ace Corey Deuel and Germany’s rising star Lucas Kleckers.
TJ Dowling, Josh Boileau, Leo Fernandez and Greg Casey are among the Irish names taking part.
In total there are 166 players competing, from countries as far afield as Canada, USA, Singapore, China, Russia, Pakistan, Israel, Turkey and Qatar.
For the full draw and format see www.worldsnooker.com
There is no need for fans to book; you can come along on the day and watch high quality snooker for free.