This was announced today by WPBSA
New Appointments to World Seniors Board
28th February 2020
ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker has announced that three new directors have been appointed to its board.
Current Chairman Jason Francis and director Jason Ferguson will be joined by John Parrott, David Murray and Rohit Sagoo, who will all support the next development phase of the ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Tour.
Former world champion John Parrott has been a regular competitor on the circuit since its inception and joins as a non-executive player director to provide assistance and advice on playing matters. David Murray, a former BBC Sport Executive and now television and media consultant joins to assist in maximising the opportunities for people to enjoy watching snooker’s former greats who remain entertaining and highly competitive to this day.
Rohit Sagoo, a strategic appointment who is also a Lecturer at City, University of London who with the cooperation of the WPBSA has previously published a number of research studies including most recently a study which sought to evaluate the benefits of playing snooker to an older person’s well-being. Sagoo, a London based British Asian is keen to find more ways to use snooker to improve mental health and wellbeing. Sagoo has a vision to bring together people living in isolation in the areas where World Seniors Snooker events are staged, delivering a positive impact on local communities.
Jason Francis, ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Chairman said: “Having spearheaded this project together with Jason Ferguson for the past two years it has become clear that we needed to add further specialist expertise to our board to help us to take the Tour to the next level and beyond.
“I am as excited today for the future of the Tour as I was at the very start. I am particularly excited about these three new strategic appointments, which will provide us with a safe platform to steer the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour. Providing opportunities for players who are approaching retirement from the main tour, as well as continuing to provide an opportunity for any player of any gender over 40 to engage in sport is our priority. Our message is clear, no matter of age or gender, the opportunity is here to pick up a cue and stand on top of the world.”
This is certainly good news for the World Seniors Snooker Tour.
The inception of David Murray shows a strong will to get more of the Seniors competitions on our screens, be it television, tablet or computer… Being more visible can only boost sponsorship and, with it, earning opportunities for the players.
The WSS tour has always had the vocation to be as inclusive as possible. It has attracted players from various abilities, and a number of WDBS players have been competing on the WSS tour as well as on the WDBS tour. For now though, entries from female players have been very rare. That’s just an example of an area where Rohit Sagoo vision and experience could help to make this tour even more inclusive.
No need of course to introduce John Parrott … 😉