Three avid snooker players from Rickmansworth have saved a Watford sports bar after it went into administration amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Father and son duo Richard and Tom Pipe, alongside family friend Andy Lavine, thought it would be a real shame for the club, which was formerly known as Rileys Watford, to close and decided it was an opportunity that they may never have received again, and decided to take on the challenge.
The new-look sports bar has been named as Shots Watford, and the trio have kept on all previous staff, who are still currently on furlough until the club reopens.
Speaking to RickyNews, Richard said: “I was a very keen snooker play growing up and played at a semi-professional level. We thought it be so disappointing for many to see it close, and we relished the opportunity to take it on.
“We’ve inherited the same staff, so they all get to keep their jobs, and most importantly we feel like we have the support of the community. We are still working on things, but so far we’ve received a positive response.”
An aspect the three want to improve is the junior section.
Richard added: “We really want to start something that has been lacking. We are keen for the club to have a strong junior section, and we can offer proper coaching. Shots Watford can be somewhere safe and vibrant for everyone to come to.”
To learn more, head to their brand-new Facebook page by searching ‘Shots Watford’.
They posted recently saying: “With immediate effect, Riley’s Watford is under new ownership. The snooker, pool and darts sports bar will now be known as ‘Shots’.
“Preparations are underway for the club to reopen in a few weeks’ time. We look forward to welcoming members old and new!”
For more information, head to facebook.com/shotswatford.