PJ Nolan and EBSA Chairman Maxime Cassis Present New Coaching Certificates

During the 2018 EBSA Snooker Championships in Sofia Bulgaria, EBSA head Coach PJ Nolan conducted a three day EBSA coaching courses on behalf of the European Billiards & Snooker Association to train five coaches 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 five coaches who were nominated were Bogdan Gamalet (Romania), Aleksandr Bissekerskij (Lithuania), Anton Barmin (Lithuania), Sergei Vasiliev (Belarus) and Roni Ben Dayan (Israel)

PJ said ” It was an honour to train and qualify the five new coaches. All five are very passionate about the game and I hope the new structure will help them promote the game in their 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 Bulgaria 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.

Homework Assignments

The coaches will now begin their probation period where they will complete all the necessary assignments in their own country to graduate in becoming a fully accredited EBSA Coaches later in the year. The EBSA will soon now have 16 countries consisting of fifty one coaches with full EBSA accreditation promoting the game all around Europe which goes well for the future of the game.

Next EBSA Course

Another EBSA Coaching Courses will be held on the 8th, 9th and 10th of February here in Bulgaria with EBSA Asistant Coach Bratislav Krastev to qualify another six coaches.

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