A PAIR of teenager brothers from Swindon are making their mark on the country’s pool scene after being selected to represent England at their respective age category.

Charlie and Jack Begley have been called up to represent England at under 18s and under 15s level following a successful trial with the nation’s youth team.

Furthermore, Charlie will this week compete in the IPA World Pool Championships this week in Bradford among competitors that have jetted in from countries including Belgium, Ireland and South Africa.

It’s Charlie’s first major tournament since he topped the rankings in last season’s Wiltshire Blackball Pool league.

And 147 Snooker owner Doug Love, who has joined several companies – including his own – together to help fund Charlie’s expenses, insists the youngster’s spot in the competition is fully deserved.

He said: “The club has sponsored Charlie to go and play – we’ve paid his accommodation and shirt design.

“He’s playing as an amateur in the singles and is also in the doubles event with Danny Tallentire.

“He’s gone down to expose himself to world ranking pool.

“This is an event that attracts some of the best players in the world.”

Charlie’s singles campaign will start tonight (Tuesday) at 8pm as he faces Jordan Church in the second round of the competition before he partners Tallentire in the first round of the doubles competition at 1pm tomorrow.

The 17-year-old is making great strides in the pool scene, and Love hopes Charlie’s brother Jack can follow in his footsteps in years to come.

He said: “Jack has been practising – they have unlimited table time at the club, and they make the most of that.

“We’re still waiting on confirmation of dates and venues, but once confirmed he will have a sponsor package in place.

“Jack is in every day after school – he just doesn’t stop. Charlie is the same too, he spends most of his weekends here or at other venues around the county.

“They will play in our tournament every Friday – and their Blackball season will start in March too so it’s a busy time for them.

“These kids are doing it for themselves fantastically well. And as a club we are very happy to help them out.

“For them to enter regional county pool last year for the first time and end up finishing one and two in the region is phenomenal.”