Did you know…….
The IPA is the officially recognised body for Professional pool, by the World Pool Association (WPA), which in turn is part of the International Olympic structure. There can be only one Pro body – and we are it!
It has been in existence for over 20 years but has never realised its potential, but over the last few years the IPA has been growing, reaching new audiences, with its version of fast, attacking and exciting style of pool – blackball.
Pool – a sport played by millions in the UK alone, was the sleeping giant of sports but no more. It has been awoken and is starting to deliver………….
Over the last few years, the IPA has introduced all of the following:
- Aramith Pro Cup balls
- Strachan 861 Blue cloth
- BBC Sport coverage – a first for the sport
- Hundreds of hours of live tv via Freesports
- World Championships
- Premier League
- Champions Cup
- The unique IPA playing arena with built in tv screens
- The 30 second shot clock as the ‘norm’
- World Series events e.g. South Africa, Morocco, Cyprus, Norway, France
- Biggest entry at any Tour event was 244 at Coventry 2018
….and much much more…….
WE LEAD – OTHERS FOLLOW
Some facts and figures…..
• The 2017 IPA World Championships were watched in over 170 countries
• IPA website is forecast to have over 33 MILLION hits in 2019
• Growth in YouTube audience over 500% from 2016-2019
• BBC viewing figure targets repeatedly ‘smashed’
• BBC described the IPA as the “success story of the summer” based on the viewing figures and the average length of time people were watching
• 2019 World Championships had 55 hours live coverage on Freesports
• 2019 will see a total of over 200 hours live television coverage
• 2020 will have over 300 hours of live television coverage
You can find everything IPA related on the following platforms:
o Website www.ipapool.com
o Facebook @ipapooltour
o YouTube www.youtube.com/user/IPAPOOL
o Twitter https://twitter.com/IPAPool
THE IPA – IS THE ONLY WAY