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Passengers travelling through Sheffield station later this week will be treated to a raft of snooker-themed activity.
USA trick shot champion, Florian Kohler, will be at the station on Thursday (17 April), completing a series of 20 spectacular trick shots. On Friday (18 April), snooker pro and TV personality John Parrott will be at the station between 12.30pm and 3.30pm helping to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice by inviting passengers to play a few shots for a small donation to charity.
East Midlands Trains has been named as the official train partner for this year’s World Snooker Championships, which are running from 19 April to 5 May at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.
Jason Cocker, East Midlands Trains Station Manager for Sheffield, said: “We’re really proud to be playing a part in such an exciting event for the city. We know that many people will be travelling on our trains from London, the East Midlands, Manchester, Liverpool and Norwich and our title of official train partner helps to mark the important role we are playing in this major event for Sheffield.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming the USA's Florian Kohler and our home-grown champion, John Parrott, to the station. We’re certain our passengers will enjoy challenging John to a few shots to help raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.”
Miles Pearce, Commercial Director for World Snooker, said: “This year’s World Snooker Championship is going to be the best ever. Over the past few years it has been World Snooker’s intent to expand the event outside of the Crucible in order to engage with the fans and people of Sheffield. It’s great to partner with East Midlands Trains on the trick shot show and with Florian and John on board it is sure to be great fun for everyone.”
East Midlands Trains will also be running a twitter competition giving followers the opportunity to win two pairs of tickets for the snooker with overnight stay at the Leopold Hotel in Sheffield. For a chance to win, simply follow @EMTrains and retweet messages about East Midlands Trains partnership with this year’s World Snooker Championships.
Journalists are invited to Sheffield station on Friday 18 April between 12.30 and 3.30pm to see John Parrott compete against passengers to raise money for local charities. Please confirm attendance to Emma Knight on 07771 830995.