A Hartlepool centre was right on cue when an association for amateur billiards and snooker players looked for a new home.
The Innovation Centre on the Queens Meadow Business Park has become the venue for the administration arm of the English Association of Snooker and Billiards.
EASSB represents around 800 amateur exponents of the green baize games. Its Hartlepool office will handle matters such as online and emailed entries for competitions.
Chairman Jeff Robinson said: “People who want to join the association, and enter snooker and billiards competitions, will have their entries processed here. All memberships and entries, along with any other administrative duties of the association, will be handled at our Hartlepool office.”
The EASB is a voluntary led association, staffed by players, referees and general enthusiasts of the. It is the national governing body for both games in the amateur arena and is approved by Sport England.
The Innovation Centre is run by UK Steel Enterprise which is the regeneration subsidiary of Tata Steel. It focuses on parts of the UK that have been affected by changes in the steel industry. Since it started in 1975, UKSE has invested millions of pounds in the region, supported hundreds of companies and helped create thousands of jobs. It runs innovation centres in both Hartlepool and Redcar.
Jeff said the association wasbased in the Innovation Centre in Redcar but Hartlepool was the perfect venue when the time came to move.
He said: “It seems perfect for our needs and it is a really well run place.”