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Mark Allen Classic Pro-Am 2018

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Northern Ireland’s Professional Snooker Player Mark Allen organised a Pro-Am last year called “The Mark Allen Classic”. The tournament is a charity event which ran from 17 June until 19 June 2017, the event was very popular the amount of support that Mark received from his fellow Professional and Amateur snooker players within the snooker community was amazing!! Supporters were allowed to watch the matches with an optional donation fee being paid at the door. The Mark Allen Classic raised over £3,500 last year, all of the proceeds that was raised was donated to a local charity the Northern Ireland Children’s Cancer Unit in Belfast.

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Mark Allen does a lot of charity work, Mark recently allocated 2 logo spaces on his waistcoat in the Northern Ireland Open to support 2 local chairties called Welcome Belfast which is a homeless charity to protect vulnerable people. The Cure4Cam charity was setup for a 12 year old boy who has a brain tumour. Mark lost in the second round to Tian Pengfei 4-3 despite the loss Mark very kindly decided to donate his £2,500 prize money between the two charities. What great gesture!!  It’s a shame that more sport’s stars weren’t like him.

The charity event was so successful last year that Mark Allen is planning to run the Mark Allen Classic 2018 event this year! Mark would like to make this event bigger and better than it was last year with a possible 128 format compared to the pervious 64 format. You can keep updated with all the lastest information by visiting this link Mark Allen Classic 2018.

Mark Allen & Joe Swail photo

Mark Allen & Joe Swail Exhibition

The Blackstaff Snooker Club held an Snooker Extravaganza exhibition on the 21st June with two of Northern Ireland’s Professional Snooker Players Mark Allen and Joe Swail. They were raising money to help the NIB&SA (Northern Ireland Billiards & Snooker Assocation) Junior players represent Northern Ireland in Leeds in the up and coming few weeks; they raised £3,000 in total which was brilliant for our beautiful sport! Snooker in Northern Ireland is definitely on the map again and it can only get better from here onwards. I wish the lads all the best, I hope they bring it home!!!

This was by far the best exhibition that I have ever been too, the craic was brilliant from start to finish, but the highlight of the night was the frame between Joe Swail and “The Kidd”. The frame was played in great sprits and had everyone glued to there seats…. I loved it! The Kidd won. Well done Our Kidd!!

Shortly after this, I got to play Mark Allen, he was firing at all pockets and wasn’t slowing down for anyone! It’s no surprise that he made another century against me 115 break; I knew what I was up against from my experience last year. I loved every minute of it, Mark’s an amazing player, it’s a great experience when you get the opportunity to play a professional. Thank you Mark for playing me, although I am determined to get him back one of these days! Losing 2-0 is tough to take but I take it in my stride! Things can only get better from here. Thank you to The Blackstaff Snooker Club for holding the exhibition and to everyone involved in making it such a success, it was a great night. Hopefully there will be more events like this in the future.

Mark Allen & Joe Swail photo
Mark Allen, myself and Joe Swail at the exhibition.