On the 24th of January 2018, PJ Nolan who is head of EBSA Coaching travelled to Switzerland to train three coaches on behalf of the European Billiards & Snooker Association in becoming Official EBSA Snooker Coaches.

Coaching Course

This EBSA Coaching Course is only open to recognised coaches who are approved by their own National Governing Body and the Switzerland Snooker nominated Urs Freitag, Franz Stähli and Daniel Meyer to attend this training course which was held in the beautiful Pot Belly’s Snooker Club in Adiswil, Switzerland which is owned by former professional player Darren Paris.

PJ said ” It was an honour to give the course and train and qualify the three Swiss coaches. All three are passionate about the game and the new structure will help the coaches grow and promote the game more in Switzerland. In Urs Freitag they have a Swiss National Coach who has already guided Alexander Ursenbacher on lifting the European Title last year “.


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 Switzerland 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 Swiss training program and manual in German has been 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 in Switzerland to graduate in becoming a fully accredited EBSA Coaches.

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

Swiss Snooker

Swiss Snooker president Franz Stähli said ‘’ He was delighted to have PJ in Switzerland holding this EBSA course and he hopes it raises the standard of the game all across Switzerland “.

Swiss National Coach Urs Freitag ‘’ said he was delighted with the content on the course and we now have a great structure to build up the game in Switzerland to produce more top class players in the future and he thanked PJ for coming and giving all his knowledge to the sport “.

Swiss Snooker Web Site –

Thank You

PJ thanked Urs and Franz for organising everything and to Swiss Snooker for inviting him to do the course. He thanked Darren for the use of the club and wished the three 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

Two more EBSA Coaching Courses with 10 coaches will be held next week in Sofia, Bulgaria at the 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 web site.

Yours in Sport

P.J. Nolan

National RIBSA Snooker Coach

World Snooker WPBSA Coach

Head of EBSA European Coaching