Ben cues up for the big time with cash grant

Ben Larson has recieved �610 from bus company First to follow his dream of UK pool competitions

Ben Larson has recieved �610 from bus company First to follow his dream of UK pool competitions

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A HALIFAX pool champion has his sight set on the big time after a cash boost.

Ben Larson, of Hazel Drive, Halifax, has been awarded a grant of £610 by bus company First to propel him into the elite UK pool tour - made up of the country’s best pool playesr.

Mr Larson has been a pool champion since the age of four and regularly respresented West Yorkshire and England at pool. But when his dad died a few years ago, his spark for the sport dwindled and he settled for playing against locallly-based players.

Now he has decided to give the big time a shot and wrote to First asking for funds to finance his plans - in return for wearing a First logo on his official pool waistcoat and donating 50 per cent of his winnings to a charity of First’s choice. He said: “Since I lost my dad, who was my mentor and biggest supporter, I have not been ready mentally or physically to make it to the very top of the pool world. However I now feel the time is right and I am ready to fulfil my pool playing potential and this donation from First will really help me on my way.”

Mick O’Neil, a bus driver for First and a member of the company’s charity and sponsorship committee, said: “Our company charity committee looks to help deserving people out and Ben qualifies as he is an obvious champion who just needs a little bit of financial help to set him on the way to the very top.”

Another Calderdale organisation to receive money from First is Crossley under sevens football team, which has been given £900 to buy hooded training tops and rain jackets.