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New sports lounge offers free membership to students.

Ben Allen and Matt Allen

The area around UCLan’s Victoria Mill building has recently seen some big changes including the Sandygate Student Accommodation and luxurious Bridgewater Apartments.

Sandygate’s latest addition is a state-of-the-art sports lounge boasting professional-standard snooker tables, beginner tables, pool tables, darts and live sports. Sandygate Sports Lounge is a hidden gem tucked into the top floor of Maltings Mill, a cue ball’s throw away from the accommodation.

Brothers, Ben and Matt Allen, are keen snooker players and had been inspired to start the business after they noticed a disappointing lack of billiard venues in the area.

Matt Allen and Ben Allen

We spoke to Ben in an exclusive interview,

“I’ve got a real love for snooker as it’s really helped me in my past. As a young lad, I found myself mixing with the wrong crowd and doing things I shouldn’t have. Getting involved with snooker at Padiham Snooker Club was nothing but a positive move for me as I realised the value of hard work and practicing something I’m passionate about.”

Ben is eager on using his new business to have an impact on young, local enthusiasts.

“We’ll have professional, in-house training available and will be always be on the lookout for rising talent”.

Not only will Sandygate Sports Lounge be offering free membership to university and college students, but they are also planning a junior club for Saturday mornings where they’ll be hosting mini-tournaments.

We love this new venue and love the thought of bringing up local talent from a young age. Big thanks to Ben and Matt for speaking to us!