Help us defend our female Blackball competitions from litigation.

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The EBPF are a non profit sports federation (NGB) wholly run by volunteers. The EBPF supports the EBA and WPA to promote the game of blackball to players at all levels and have national representation through our counties structure and regional representation through local leagues. As members of world recognised bodies, the EBPF can provide our players with competitions at all levels from local leagues to the World Championships.

On 27 August 2023, we announced that from December 2023, our competitions formerly known as the Ladies’ and Men’s Tours would be replaced with a Female Tour and an Open Pool Tour, and that only biologically born females would be eligible to compete in the Female Pool Tour. We made this decision in the interests of fairness, because we believe that people who have gone through male puberty have a competitive advantage over biological women.

As a consequence of this decision, we are being sued by the transgender player Harriet Haynes. Harriet says that the eligibility rules for the Female Tour are discriminatory on the grounds of gender reassignment. We say that the rules are necessary to secure fair competition and a justified means of promoting female participation in the game.

We are disappointed that Harriet has chosen to sue an organisation made up entirely of volunteers who give up their time to promote the game of pool in England, but we stand by our decision, and we intend to defend the claim. John Heath from Levins Solicitors in Liverpool is acting on behalf of the EBPF but as an NGB, the cost of defending our stance for fair play will be substantial and possibly prove beyond our means.

Please donate and help support us to uphold our Constitution to protect fairness for female players in pool. If we are fortunate enough to raise funds in excess to the amount needed for our defence, the surplus will be donated to a similar cause.

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Paul Thomson Chairman
Anna Goodwin Secretary

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  • Jane Shearing
  • Donated on Mar 30, 2024
£100.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 20, 2024
  • keep up the good work

£50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 16, 2024
£250.00

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  • Jane Shearing
  • Donated on Mar 30, 2024
£100.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 20, 2024
  • keep up the good work

£50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 16, 2024
£250.00
  • Charles Beaton
  • Donated on Mar 15, 2024
  • Like free speech, it’s always worth defending fair play. Thanks for taking this stand.

£10.00
  • Sally W
  • Donated on Mar 15, 2024
  • Thanks for standing up for women's rights and fairness in sports.

£30.00
  • Alison Jenner
  • Donated on Mar 14, 2024
  • Thank you for insisting on fair play in your sport. You must win this.

£20.00
  • Catherine Dyson
  • Donated on Mar 14, 2024
  • thank you for standing up fir fairness for women

£20.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 14, 2024
  • I hope you can raise enough to defend your position. There are more of us who agree with you than condemn you. Strength and love.

£10.00
  • Sarah Quick
  • Donated on Mar 14, 2024
£15.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 14, 2024
  • Good luck!

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