The board of Snooker and Billiards Ireland would like to announce the opening times and days of the new SBI HQ Academy of Excellence in Graigcullen Carlow. SBI have 4 Shender and 4 Star Tables for the players to practice and play on. SBI also have four mini star tables which will help introduce new younger people to the game.
As from the 12th of January 2022. The academy will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday each week day from 12noon to 8pm. SBI will be planning tournaments and events on the Saturday and Sundays each week. The Academy will be closed all day Mondays.
The prices for booking a table will be €20.00 for a 2 hrs session. It will be €30.00 for a half day of 4hrs and it will be €40.00 for a full day of 8hrs play. Payment in Cash is only accepted at present. This offer is only open to SBI Members who were signed up with SBI Membership for 2020-2021 season.
How to Book
There will be no walk in bookings allowed in the Academy. Members must pre-book by texting or WhatsApp 085 2428701 with:
- Your Name:
- Your Club:
- Date Requested:
- What Kind of Table: Star or Shender?
Bookings will only be accepted, if all information above is given. SBI will reply to the text to confirm the booking as without this reply text confirmation you will not be booked in.
“In keeping with SBI’s policy of following all government and Sport Ireland advice with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the light of the recent changes in protocol, a Certificate of Vaccination or a Certificate of Recovery are no longer required as a criterion of entering SBI competitions or training in our academy.”
From February 2022. SBI will have an online booking system in place where all this will be done online but until then, the text service will be used. Everything then will go online and there will be no cash sales.
The 2021-2022 Season player Membership will re-open in January and SBI will monitor this situation to allow brand new members to avail of booking facilities in the future.
Coaching with PJ
Our SBI National Coach PJ Nolan will be based in the Academy for our members to receive professional coaching. PJ is a WPBSA Snooker Coach and regarded as one of the best coaches in the world so you will be in safe hands.
All PJ’s lessons are digitally recorded so the player brings home the videos from the lesson on a CD to study on a computer but if they bring a pen drive or SD Card for around 5GB they can watch it on most TV’s nowadays.
PJ will work on the players Technique, Break Building, Cue Ball Control, Long Potting, Safety, Tactical and on the Mental side of the game. Anyone wanting to book a 2hr, 4hr or full day lesson email email@example.com or ring 086 8634507