Last week the EBSA Head of Coaching PJ Nolan travelled to Budapest in Hungary to train four coaches on behalf of the European Billiards & Snooker Association in becoming Official EBSA Snooker Coaches. László Kurucz President of the Hungarian Billiards & Snooker Association was on hand to congratulate the coaches on passing their first phase of their EBSA exam. He is delighted to have this new coaching academy up and running to help promote the game to a higher level in Hungary.
This EBSA Coaching Course is only open to recognised coaches who are approved by their own National Governing Body and the Hungarian Billiards & Snooker Association had nominated Péter Varga, László Pénzes, Pál Vantara and Péter Winkler attended this four day course.
The EBSA Snooker Coaching syllabus includes a practical exam as well as verbal and written exams covering all the techniques and skills of coaching the game of snooker. This four day Coaching course in Budapest covered all aspects of the game from Planning Sessions, Designing Routines, Role of a Coach, Sports Psychology, Rules of the Game, Practice Exercises, Getting out of and laying Snookers, Written Records, Safety Play, Shot Selection, Oral Assessment, Preparation for Match- Play, Physical and Mental Etiquette and on the final day they completed the EBSA coaching written exam.
A new official Hungarian training program has been developed to help the new coaches train and guide the players and the four coaches will now begin their probation period where they will complete all the necessary assignments in Hungary to graduate in becoming a fully accredited EBSA Coaches.
The EBSA will soon have a team of thirty one coaches from twelve countries with full EBSA accreditation promoting the game all around Europe which goes well for the future of the game and another EBSA course is planned by the Italian Snooker Association later this month.
PJ said ” He was very impressed with the performance of the coaches and it is great to see the Hungarian Association so professional in wanting to build up the game. He hopes the programs they have developed during the course will more to produce champions in the future in Hungary and he said it was a pleasure doing the course as the city of Budapest was so beautiful. He wished the four new coaches the best of luck with their coaching and thanked Balázs Hámori for attending the course to translate anything needed during the course. PJ also thanked the Hungarian Snooker Association for inviting him to do the course and he believes the coaching is in good hands and the future looks good for Hungarian Snooker.
If you would like to become an Official EBSA Coach you need to contact your own National Governing Body in writing and request them to officially contact Maxime Cassis in the EBSA nominating you to do the course. Full details are on www.ebsa.tv web site.