Gallery & Video: Snooker legend Steve impresses students in Wolverhampton

More than 60 children had an interesting day at school when former world snooker champion Steve Davis popped in.

The six-time world champion and I’m A Celeb star visited Highfields School, in Penn, Wolverhampton, where he showed off his snooker skills and watched over a competition.

Davis dominated the sport at it’s height in the 1980s where he earned the ironic nickname - Interesting – but he kept the children entertained all day.

He held two tournaments, played challenges against pupils and answered questions from the excited students.

He said: “We find that it’s great for the kids to do something they perhaps haven’t experienced before.

“Back in the 80s when I was playing a lot of kids would be taken to the snooker club by their parents or even grandparents.

“It’s about the confidence and social aspect, and it also helps them with maths.”

The 64 children played in two knock-out tournaments, took part in a 60-second shoot-out and also enjoyed educational activities including wordsearch and spot the difference. Davis chatted with the students who were keen to ask him about his time in the jungle, with Joey Essex and Fresh Prince star Alfonso Ribeiro the hot topics.

Year 7 student Brett Cocking, from Penn, who regularly plays snooker at Woodfield Sports and Social Club, pocketed a new snooker cue after beating Davis on the black. He said: “It was good to play against Steve Davis, I can tell people I have beaten a world champion.”

Davis was helped out on the day by former Highfield student and professional snooker coach Andrew Highfield.


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