A local snooker player is ready to pursue his dream of playing on the professional tour.
Harvey Chandler, who plays at Windmill Snooker Club in Rushden, will be part of the Q School competition in May.
Chandler, who turns 21 in April, asked the owners of the club if they would sponsor him to send him to Q School, something to which they agreed.
The final eight players from the semi-finals in each of the two events that make up the tournament will be awarded two-year cards for the World Snooker Tour, which will give them the chance to travel the globe to play in the biggest tournaments, with many millions of pounds in prize money up for grabs.
Chandler has already played in a number of tournaments across the UK and won the Under-18 European Championship in 2011.
He made his first maximum break at the age of 17 and is now hoping to follow in the footsteps of Kettering’s Kyren Wilson, who has burst onto the world scene in the past few years.
Chandler said “This is great news for me I cannot wait to get started at Q School as this is a real chance for me to change my life and chase my dream of becoming a professional snooker player and putting Northamptonshire back on the map for snooker.
“The hard work starts now I’m going to be practising as much as I can at the Windmill Club where I have my own star table.
“To be given this opportunity by the owners of the club, I only hope I can make them proud and become professional.
“Whilst I’m going to practise as much as I can, I am also going to organise tournaments at the club for other budding snooker players.”
Q School starts on May 11 and takes place at the Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton.
Danny Wright, of the Windmill Club, added: “Harvey is a very hard working, dedicated, driven and ambitious player with a positive attitude who spends at least six hours a day, seven days a week practising to continue to perfect his game.
“Over the years he has had the privilege of playing and practising with former world champion Peter Ebdon, who said that he has great potential.
“We think Harvey has the potential to be one of the eight players with his talent.”