The news was aired by Jason Francis during the MSI of the Final two days ago.
The ROKiT Phones World Seniors Snooker Tour has announced the launch of World Seniors Qualification School from which eight places at major Seniors tournaments in 2021 will be won.
To be held in Jersey from 2-8 November 2020, the event will be open to a maximum of 96 players, including both amateurs aged over 40 and for the first-time current World Snooker Tour professionals ranked 65-128 at the start of the 2020/2021 season.
Places in the following competitions will be contested over the course of the event:
- 2021 UK Seniors Championship (4 places)
- 2021 World Seniors Championship – (2 places)
- 2021 Masters – (1 Place in the 2021 Masters)
- 2021 Super Seniors over 55s – (1 place in the 2021 Masters)
Each of the eight qualifying players will be guaranteed to win a minimum of £1,000 at the final stages of the event.
All players will undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival (at no cost to them) and will be responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and accommodation.
Jason Francis, Chairman of World Seniors Snooker said: “We are delighted to be able to launch our new World Seniors Qualification School which I am sure will prove to be a fantastic week of snooker with big prizes on offer.
“Only this week we have seen the likes of Gary Filtness and Wayne Cooper overwhelmed by the chance to play at the iconic Crucible Theatre for the first time and through Qualification School even more opportunities will be created for players of all levels of experience to achieve their dreams.
“We also hope that by holding these qualification tournaments together, rather than over the course of several individual qualifying events, this will help to reduce travel and accommodation costs for our loyal players over the course of the season.”
Further information will be released by World Seniors Snooker in due course.
There are still many uncertainties linked to the covid-19 crisis and the 20/21 season calendar is not yet available at the time of writing.