Student’s Big Break at World Ranking Snooker Tournament

Student’s Big Break at World Ranking Snooker Tournament

17-year-old Dudley College of Technology student; Paul Deaville, has demonstrated his potential at this year's English Open snooker championships by reaching the last 16 in his first appearance in a world ranking event.

Paul earned himself a place in the tournament by winning the English Under-16 Championship in August. The reigning England Under-16 champion insisted he would learn plenty from defeat – and is now looking ahead to 2023 to join the professional ranks.

Paul is currently studying Enterprise - Foundation Diploma, Level 3 at Dudley College’s Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. And as part of his studies, he is working on an app-based business, which includes skills updates, challenges and networks to entice other young people to play the game and get into snooker.

Commenting on his time at college, Paul said:

“The aim is to be a professional snooker player, but I feel like studying for a business qualification at college is good for me. It almost takes the pressure off because I have a back-up career plan and I can look at snooker like a hobby. It’s not the be all and end all, I have other things I can enjoy.”

Paul missed out on reaching the quarter finals to Mark King who then made it all the way to the finals where he was eventually defeated 6 frames to 4 by Australian professional Neil Robertson. Paul now hopes to build on this tremendous experience and Dudley College staff and students are sure this is not the last time we will be hearing of Paul’s success.

Congratulations Paul – we’re so proud of you and we wish you all the best with your studies and snooker!

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