Snookers QSchool returns in May and there's going to be over 200 Faces there with 12 Tour cards up for grabs over three gruelling qualifying events.

Four semi-finalists from each event will earn a spot on the lucrative World Snooker tour where they can play the likes of Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Selby.

Some already who have been relegated off the tour have already had that pleasure, or not, as the case maybe.

Key faces

The draw has been made and there's a mixture of experience and youth on show in Burton at the Meadowside Leisure Centre which begins on 14th May a week after the Betfred World Championship ends the 2017/18 season.

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Players to watch out for in Event one include:

  • Three-times World Ladies Champion Ng On Yee in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
  • DJ Daniel Kandi, winner of the Danish Snooker Championship, a consecutive five times from 2004 - 2009.
  • Welsh wonder kid Jackson Page, who played in the recent World Championship qualifiers
  • Regular QSchool entrant Andy Hicks, a former pro and former World number 17.
  • Some pros will be looking to jump back on the tour after being relegated including the likes of Craig Steadman, Sam Craigie, among others.

In Event Two, keep an eye out for:

  • 11-times World Ladies Champion Reanne Evans, and, some English Association of Snooker and Billiard Amateur tour players such as Luke Simmonds.

Guinness Book of World Records breaker Sean Maddocks, at 15, who was the youngest player to make a maximum in amateur competition is also competing in QSchool looking to make it onto the professional circuit.

Previous qualifiers

Since 2011 to 2017, there have been at least 70 players who have qualified for the tour from 9 different countries ranging from the five parts of the UK, to China, Norway, and Germany and Cyprus.

Some players who qualified from these cutthroat events have gone on to milestone achievements in the game. Michael Georgiou is the only QSchool graduate to have gone on to great things on the tour by winning the 2018 Snooker Shootout.

Paul Davison has qualified from the gruelling tournaments a record three times.

Cao Yupeng, who graduated in 2016/17 has since gone on to appear in two ranking finals in the 2017/18 season, which included the Scottish Open as part of the Home Nations events where he unfortunately lost to Aussie Neil Robertson.

Elliot Slessor, also a QSchool graduate has also beaten the Rocket Ronnie O'Sullivan on two occasions this season.

Stuart Carrington, who has appeared at the Crucible three times, including this season, was one of the very first QSchool graduates to come through in the 2011 edition.

James Wattana, the first-ever ranking event Thai winner, who has had invitational tour cards in past, his current one has expired and it's not clear if he will rejoin the 2018/19 season.

New pros

New pros next season already confirmed are:

  • Harvey Chandler, a recent competitor in the World Snooker Championship qualifiers at the English Institute of Sport and came through winning the EBSA European Snooker Championships.
  • Simon Lichtenberg, winner of the IBSF World U-21 Snooker Championship
  • China's Fan Zhengyl
  • Welshman Jamie Clarke and Joe O'Connor, EBSA Tour playoff qualifiers
  • CBSA China Tour players Zhang Jiankang and Chen Fellong
  • Plus eight players on the one-year ranking list including the likes of Elliot Slessor and John Astley.