Birmingham dad, who spent £200k for snooker champ sons, seeks to raise funds to keep their dreams alive

Hosoun Miah, from Small Heath, wants to keep his sons, Hamim and Halim’s dreams alive
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A Birmingham dad, who spent more than £200,000 for his sons snooker training, is seeking help to keep their dreams alive.

Hosoun Miah, from Small Heath, is looking to raise £50,000 to help fund costly snooker academy training for his sons Hamim and Halim, 21 and 20, respectively. The brothers have a host of championship titles and trophies under their belts. Hamim also qualified as a WPBSA snooker coach last year in schools and colleges.

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However, the brothers’ ambitions of turning professional could be in the balance unless their parents, who have already invested more than £200k in developing their careers, can get enough sponsorship.

Hosoun, who runs Warwick Spice Indian restaurant, explained: “I first gave them a small snooker table when they were just two and three years old and they never looked back. Then as teenagers it all became very serious and being able to compete against one another helped bring them on. They are extremely competitive with one another! Now they are both flying, regularly beating ex-professional players with years of experience.”

Hamim beat four-times World champion John Higgins in an exhibition match recently and just this month achieved the maximum 147 break. He is currently enrolled in a snooker academy in Sheffield but both brothers are working hard to break through into the top rankings required for entering professional competitions.

Hosoun added: “Obviously, developing a career in this most demanding of sports is costly. Simply attending tournaments and gaining ranking points requires time and expense for the boys to travel and stay away from home. Clothing and equipment also see the costs mounting. A typical season costs in excess of £12,000 to allow competition at all significant events.

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Hamim and Halim
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“We are struggling to keep supporting Hamim with his living expenses and Halim also has aspirations to get a place at the academy, and we want to enable them to take that last stride to becoming fully professional snooker players. They are both knocking on the door and are highly rated by the sport’s governing body, but we need help to keep them moving forwards.”

Hosoun, who loves snooker too, said: “I gave the boys a small snooker table when they were just two and three years old and gradually increased the sizes of the tables they played on as they grew older. I even had a stool made to enable them to reach the top of a full-sized snooker table!

“The whole family is mad about snooker and I too was a great player in my day. I have lots of tournament trophies to my name but couldn’t make it to professional level because I didn’t have the financial backing - but I want to fulfil my dream through my sons.

“They both have immense talent and experience and are very close to becoming professionals and I’d hate for financial constraints to get in the way of those dreams.”

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Hamim Hussain said: “Snooker has always been a massive part of our lives. Having the extra support could potentially take my brother and I to that next level we’re striving for which is to turn professional and be among the world’s best snooker players. Thank you so much to anyone who can help make our dream a reality.”

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Hosoun is hosting a snooker-themed evening at Warwick Spice Indian restaurant on March 14th when guests will be invited to dine with snooker legend and six-times World Champion Steve Davis OBE/MBE. An Evening With Steve Davis, which returns to the Warwick restaurant for the third time, will be raising money for local children’s charity Molly Ollys. More information and tickets available at Warwick Spice’s website.

The supportive father launched a JustGiving page to raise £50k to keep supporting his sons.

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