EBSA Coaching Course – Romania 2018

Head of EBSA Coaching PJ Nolan travelled to Romania from the 19th – 21st of June to train four coaches on behalf of the European Billiards & Snooker Association in becoming Official EBSA Snooker Coaches.

The successful course was held during the 2018 European 6red Championships in the Mirage Hotel in Bucharest. Attending this training course were Chisleacov Ilia from Moldova, Palmi Einarsson from Iceland, Pessi Lyyra from Finland and Tryggvi Erlingsson from Iceland.

Coaching Course

This EBSA Coaching Course is only open to recognised coaches who are approved by their own National Governing Body and the four nominated coaches this time around were from three new countries in Iceland, Moldova and Finland.

PJ said ” It was a big honour to give the course and train to qualify the four new coaches. All four are passionate about the game. Some have a great experience of playing or refereeing at the International stage and it is hoped that the new structure will help all coaches grow and promote the game more in their own country.


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 Coaching course in Romania covered all aspects of the game from Planning Sessions, Designing Routines, Role of a Coach, Sports Psychology, Rules of the Game, Practice Exercises, 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.

New Training Program

A new training program and manual in each of their language will be developed to help the new coaches’ train and guide their players. The coaches will now begin their probation period where they will complete all the necessary assignments to graduate in becoming a fully accredited EBSA Coaches later on this year.

The EBSA will soon have twenty countries consisting of sixty six coaches with full EBSA accreditation promoting the game all around Europe which goes well for the future of the game.

Rules of the Game

A special Referee session was held by EBSA Coach and Referee Bogdan Gamalet where he outline situations on the table and Rules of the game to help the Coaches advise their students in the future and PJ and the EBSA would like to thank him for all his assistance.

Thank You

PJ thanked EBSA Chairman Maxime Cassis and his Board and the Romanian Snooker Association for inviting him to run the EBSA course. He thanked Mirage Hotel for all their help and wished the four new EBSA coaches the best of luck in developing their coaching skills and completing their homework assignments in graduating as full EBSA Coaches later this year.

Next EBSA Course

Another EBSA Coaching Courses will be held next year at the next European Championships to hopefully qualify more European Coaches and help all the European countries grow their games all across Europe.

Become A EBSA Coach

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 as only nominated NGB coaches can do the EBSA course.

Full details are on EBSA web site.

Yours in Sport

P.J. Nolan

National RIBSA Snooker Coach

World Snooker WPBSA Coach

Head of EBSA European Coaching