10th China Guangzhou International Billiards Exhibition

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Another year, another resounding success. GBE has firmly established itself as the authoritative show for the billiard/snooker products and sport equipment industry in the region. This year’s show attracted over 6,099 visitors from as many as 60 different countries. Held over three days in Guangzhou, the show gave exhibitors an unmatched platform to showcase their products and technology, foray into Asia market and target new, high-value customers.

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Exhibitor Overview
In Hall 8.1 at the China Import & Export Complex, 117 exhibitors from 13 countries presented the newest billiard products, services and technologies. With a net exhibition area of over 10,000 square gbe-billiardsmetres, you must find most of loyals exhibitors like Yalin, Rasson, Shender, Leo, Fury Cues, Simonis, Aramith,Longoni Cues, Strachan 6811), Ball Teck Korea, CYCLOP Pool Balls, McDermott, Mezz Cues, Master cue, Riley, K.F cue, Gorina and so on. And you may be surprised to be attracted by Omin’s booth, a new exhibitor with a huge booth,135 sqm, by its popoular hot and its excellent products.

Setting aside all the usual billiard equipment displayed on GBE2016 site, you should have found something new and novel. Snookball(Kicking billiards), for instance, attracted many eyeballs of the visitors and lit up the gathering because of its newness and distinctiveness.

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GBE2016 Highlights
GBE attracted many billiard players and big names in this industry to participate. The appearance of those renowned stars such as Florian Kohler, Kelly Fisher, Gareth.David.Potts and so on. Their fabulous performances added much beauty to the show.

Organized by the Organizing Committee of GBE, 2016 World Billiards Night & GBE 10th Anniversary Dinner was held at Imperial Trader Hotel Guangzhou at the evening of March 10, 2016. Representatives from home and abroad delivered speeches including Wang Zhaoyun, chairman of Guangdong Grandeur International Exhibition Group; Mr. Liu Chunsheng, deputy secretary general of General Administration of Sport of China, CBSA & director of The 3rd Ministry of Multi-ball Games Administrative Centre; Mr. Mohamed Salem Al-Nuaimi, president of W9BC & secretary general of QBSF; Mr. Mubarak Al Khayarin, president of ACBS;Mr. Luo Sui, Honorary President & Teaching General of APBA; Mr. Wangbin, sales director of Beijing Xingwei Sports Goods Co., Ltd.; Mr. Ding Shoulin, general manager of Jinan Yalin Billiard Goods Co., Ltd.

Activities and shows such as Award Ceremony were concurrently held with the dinner. Moreover, professionals in billiards industry at home and abroad all gathered together with the hope that communication and cooperation will be further enhanced so as to promote the development of billiards industry.

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How about GBE2017?
We and the entire industry will get together at the same venue during March 9-11,2017. GBE2017 is to be eye-catching show based on the successful this year. Please  mark your calendars.

Big news that CYCLOP Pool Balls has booked 6 booths for GBE2017, two more ones than GBE2016’s! Xingjue, Jianda, Stranchan 6811, K.F Cues, Junyao, Meilin, Leo, Simonis, Aramith and more loyal exhibitors expressed that they would attend GBE2017.

O2 Touch hits target with 17,500 registered players

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England Rugby announced in July that its O2 Touch programme has successfully reached and surpassed its target of introducing 15,000 registered players to the game by summer 2017. Tracking one year ahead of its intended deadline there are now 17,500 registered O2 Touch players, playing touch rugby on a regular basis across England.

O2 Touch has seen unprecedented growth since Rugby World Cup 2015 with an increase of 5,774 players and 51 new O2 Touch centres established, bringing the total number of centres to 321 nationwide. Since its inception in 2013 the programme has also grown a volunteer base of over 1,000 O2 Touch ambassadors and operators to help run and deliver the programme.

As part of the RFU’s commitment to broadening rugby’s reach and sustaining legacy post the Rugby World Cup for the game, O2 Touch has played an important role in attracting new people to the sport. O2 Touch is a social format of rugby, aiming to breakdown common barriers to participation, by creating an offering that is easily accessible, is played by men and women of all levels and gives participants a great playing experience.

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Steve Grainger, RFU Rugby Development Director today said: “O2 Touch is one of England Rugby’s key legacy programmes and we are delighted to be celebrating this milestone, hitting our participation targets a year ahead of schedule. The programme has gone from strength-to-strength and the Rugby World Cup has had a positive impact on its growth rate. Through an innovative approach O2 Touch has been able to attract and retain a new playing audience and deliver a lasting legacy for the game.”

Gareth Griffiths, Head of Sponsorship at O2 comments “O2 Touch is a fantastic success story and we’re proud the programme has reached such an impressive milestone so far ahead of schedule. Touch rugby is open to all no matter your ability and it provides a great introduction to the sport. We look forward to continuing our work with all the volunteers, local clubs and the RFU to develop O2 Touch even further.”

Jennie Price, CEO Sport England today said: “This is a fantastic achievement and we are delighted to see the RFU broadening their reach beyond their traditional rugby market. To have exceeded the target a year in advance is a testament to the success of the O2 Touch format and the commitment from all involved.”

O2 Touch is a unique offering giving participants a great playing experience and workout. One of the first team sports to combine music and fitness, touch sessions are played to bespoke O2 Touch music mixes designed to motivate and increase enjoyment. O2 Touch also delivers a social fitness aspect with participants burning on average 775 calories per session.

The programme is coordinated by the RFU in partnership with O2 and also supported with funding from Sport England. O2 Touch operates both a ‘pitch up and play’ facility aimed at individuals who are new to rugby or who can’t commit on a weekly basis and O2 Touch leagues for those who want to play in a more structured and competitive environment.