Amid the hullabaloo surrounding Ronnie O’Sullivan’s triumph in the Masters last week, details of this year’s Q-School were also announced by World Snooker.
The tournament will start on May 11th and will be staged at the Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton.
Once again there will be eight two-year tour cards available, given to the semi-finalists in each of two events.
The entry fee remains £600 and Q-School is open to players of all ages and nationalities (subject to terms and conditions).
Those eight players will go on to compete on the Main Tour, travelling the globe to play in the biggest tournaments, with millions of pounds in prize money up for grabs.
To enter, go to www.wsplayers.com and follow the instructions.
All players are strongly advised to get their entry in as soon as possible. The closing date for entering Q-School is Wednesday, April 6th at 12pm.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Opportunity for all is an integral part of sport and that’s why we launched Q-School back in 2011. Since then we’ve seen hundreds of players competing for a coveted place on our tour. Each year only the best eight make it. So it’s time to ask yourself the question: will you be one of those in 2016? Have you got the talent, the determination and the temperament to get through the field and earn professional status? If the answer is yes, get your name down now for Q-School.
“There has never been a better time to be a snooker player. Next season we are adding several brand new ranking events to the calendar, so the schedule will be busier than ever, and the level of prize money higher than ever. There will be no resting on our laurels and the tour will continue to grow. So the players who take the opportunities open to them will truly be living the dream.
“Over the past five years, Q-School has proved the best and fairest way for players to qualify for the tour. It is played in fantastic conditions at an excellent venue in Burton so there are no excuses. The best will rise to the top. Now is the time to get on board. Get your name down for Q-School because it could change your life.”
As in previous years, a ranking list will be compiled during Q-School, with players earning one point for every frame won.
During the season, should any of the tournament draws fall below a total entry of 128 then the field will be topped up with the highest ranked players from the Q-School list who have not gained one of the eight tour cards.
Adam Duffy finished third on the same list last year and has gained entry into every ranking event so far this season.
At the UK Championship in York he scored a memorable win over Ding Junhui in the first round.
He said: “The fantastic thing about Q School is that even if you don’t earn a tour card, you can still get the chance to play in a lot of major events, and you could end up on TV against one of the top stars. Every match you win in Q-School counts. Beating Ding at the UK Championship was a great moment for me and hopefully there will be many more wins like that to come.”
For more details see: www.worldsnookerqschool.com