Popular Nottingham Club Faces Closure

Popular Nottingham Club Faces Closure

I was sad to hear yesterday that City Hospital Leisure Centre is set to close on 1 November 2020.

Apparently the club was struggling to make ends meet, even before Covid-19 arrived. But it seems that the lockdown was the final nail in the coffin for the popular Daybrook club, which boasts two full sized snooker tables.

The club’s Committee are seeking bids for the assets between now and the closure date – the funds will be used to pay staff and suppliers. Eleven members of staff are sadly facing redundancy.

The club has hosted countless team league matches over the years. A quick flick through the history books reveals that a team from the club lifted the Knockout Plate trophy in the Nazareth House Snooker League way back in 1979.

Bob Wright in action for City Hospital’s snooker team

More recently in 2015, a City Hospital team won the Knockout Plate in the NBSA Monday Team League.

The club hosted the NBSA Junior Handicap Snooker Championship final between Harvey Pabla & Ross Wilkin on 9th May 2011

It was always a popular venue with visiting teams and it will be sadly missed.

Let’s hope that the same fate doesn’t befall other local clubs in the coming months. Now, more than ever, clubs need our support.

EDIT – the club closed on 28 October 2020.

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