This is definitely one of the hardest events any team or player
can aspire to win. In order to enter you must first be your local league
current champion(s) in one of three disciplines (Team, Individual,
Ladies Individual). As if that wasn't hard enough you must then take
on other local league players who have achieved the same feat in their
In this competition the playing standards are high from the word go.
The only thing you can be sure of is that it will get tougher and tougher
the further you progress. It is only open to leagues affiliated to the
English Pool Association, if your league is not affiliated contact the
EPA secretary for details of
Players play all season in their local team up and down the country
aiming for their local league honours and over 35,000 players are involved
in this event. As soon as player signs for their local pub/club team
they could be taking the first step on the road to becoming a National
Champion. Usually the local leagues run their individual knockout events
at the close of the normal season. From that point on it's everyone
Once they have won one of the three disciplines in their local league
their parent league registers them with the competition organisers.
Once all the respective leagues up and down the country have submitted
their winners a draw takes place for the first round matches. For the
early rounds the draw is segregated in order to keep travelling to
a minimum. At the same time the organisers try to keep players away
from leagues in their immediate locality so that players as far as
is possible will be playing new faces.
Once past the local first stage the event moves on to a regional level
where the draw is segregated so that players will only play other players
from their own geographical Regions. The winners of this round then
qualify for the National finals. The event is held at the Vauxhall
Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth each year and the winners from this
round get to fight for a stake in the prize money on
No individual team or player can enter themselves in this event, only
their league Secretary and County can endorse a team or individuals
entry to the event. If you have stayed to read this far you will realise
is no ordinary competition. It boasts a large prize fund and attracts
the very best local league players around.
Any entry received
that is not accompanied by verified league tables, singles k/o results
and team / player registrations will not be accepted. This will be strictly
enforced. Singles entries will only be accepted when supported
by a team entry.
If you or a team you play for meet our qualification criteria but
are not part of this event then get your league secretary to register
your league now. You may only get a chance to qualify for this event
once in your pool playing career. Unless of course you habitually win
your local league individual events. If you do that you must want to
see how far you can go in the United Kingdom's largest Pool competition.