During the 2023 European Snooker Championships in the Dolmen Hotel in Malta, Head of EBSA Coaching PJ Nolan held a EBSA Coaching Course on behalf of the European Billiards & Snooker Association to train three Official EBSA Snooker Coaches from the 7th – 10th of March.
The EBSA Coaching Course is a four-day intensive training course which is only open to recognised coaches who are approved by their own National Governing Body. The three nominated coaches from Sweden, Denmark and Austria qualified from this successful course.
The three nominated coaches were Richard Lundin from Sweden, Florian Hinterschuster from Austria and Alex Tanev Persson from Denmark.
PJ said ‘’It was great to see countries wanting to send their coaches for training and all of them have a great passion to help grow the game more in their country. We are delighted to have three more EBSA coaches join our EBSA team and help the EBSA grow the game all around Europe.
The coaches also attended a one day online WPBSA seminar on Child Protection with WPBSA head of Coaching Chris Lovell. The coaches will now receive equivalent grade to the WPBSA Level 1 Coach so they can begin a pathway to level 2 WPBSA Coach in the future if they wish. Coaches from Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Isreal, Malta and Bulgaria attended the online seminar.
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 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
The new coaches will create a training program and manual in their country to help train and guide the 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 have now 93 registered EBSA Coaches approved by the NGB from 30 countries with full EBSA accreditation promoting the game all around Europe which goes well for the future of the game all across Europe.
PJ thanked EBSA President Maxime Cassis who was on hand to present the coaches with their certificates on the final day of the course here in Malta. PJ also thanked Alexander Werner Sabljak from Croatia for assisting him on this course.
EBSA would also like to thank Chris Lovell and all the WPBSA Team for holding the online seminar for our coaches. PJ wished the 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.