Last weekend our National Coach PJ Nolan travelled to Warsaw in Poland to train four coaches on behalf of the European Billiards & Snooker Association to become Official EBSA Snooker Coaches.
The EBSA Coaching Course is only open to recognised coaches who are approved by their own National Governing Body. The Polish Billiards & Snooker Association had nominated Patryk Maslowski, Adam Polak, Mateusz Nowak and Piotr Murat to receive coaching from PJ who is the head of EBSA European Coaching.
The EBSA Snooker Coaching syllabus includes practical exams as well as verbal and written exams covering all the techniques and skills of coaching the game of snooker.
The 4 day Coaching course in Warsaw 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.
Mariusz Sikorski Chairman of the Polish Billiards & Snooker Association was on hand to congratulate the coaches on passing their first phase of the EBSA exam, he is delighted to have another four Polish Coaches to join Polish National Coach Marek Zubrzycki in becoming EBSA Coaches who will now promote the game all across Poland. Two of the newly trained coaches Patryk Maslowski and Piotr Murat will be representing Poland in Carlow next week at the IBSF World team and 6 red Championship.
The four coaches will now begin their probation period where they will complete all the necessary assignments in Poland to graduate to become fully accredited EBSA Coaches. The EBSA will then have a team of seventeen coaches with full EBSA accreditation who are promoting the game all around Europe.
PJ said ” he was very impressed with the coaches during the course. Poland are fast becoming one of the top Countries in Europe with a string of top players. The four new coaches have already proven they are good coaches but having five qualified EBSA Coaches in Poland will help them develop the game more to produce more Champions in the future. It was a great pleasure training them and Warsaw is a beautiful city and I wish the Polish Association and their four new coaches the best of luck with their coaching program”
Courses in Portugal and Netherlands are already booked in 2014. If you would like to become a 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.