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EBSA Centre of Excellence - Ireland

The Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow in the Republic Of Ireland was opened in 2009 as an official EBSA Coaching Academy of Excellence. The Head of EBSA Coaching  PJ Nolan is based in the Club and he believes this development will bring snooker coaching into the 21st Century in Europe with 11 Shender Match Tables in one of the best training venues in the world.

The centre will offer students from all around the world the opportunity to travel to Ireland to receive professional coaching from PJ. All the training sessions will be recorded and each day the student will receive a DVD of the lesson to study more. This will become a great coaching resource for when they arrive back home.

The owners of the club Jim and Marian Leacy have held numerous World and European Championships and are well accustomed to welcoming International visitors. Jim is also the President of the (IBSF) International Billiards and Snooker Federation and a board member of the EBSA and WPBSA.

If any other EBSA member country would like to set up a EBSA Centre of Excellence in their own country they should contact the Chairman of the EBSA Maxime Cassis with details on the Venue. 

  • Carlow is a small town in the Republic of Ireland around 1 hour 30 minutes from Dublin Airport, Rosslare Harbour and Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
  • Bus Times from Dublin Airport to Carlow - JJ Kavanagh Bus Direct Airport Coach Park - Carlow Coach Park
  • 11 Tables are in the main room upstairs however they have another 2 club standard tables downstairs for practice when events are being held upstairs..
  • Each snooker table is fitted with professional heaters under each table and pro lighting.
  • All tables have electronic scoreboards over each table.
  • The Club holds all major National and International Events in the Republic Of Ireland.
  • The Academy also has Table Tennis tables, 8 & 9 Ball Pool tables.
  • Darts and Bowling are also available in the Academy to help players relax after a hard day of training.
  • A great selection of Hot Meals is also available from either the Ivy Rooms or the Dome.
  • Just 100 meters away from the Academy is The 4 star Talbot Hotel Carlow with Gym and Pool.

Accommodation in Carlow

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Become a EBSA Coach

TRAINING COURSE TO BECOME -  EBSA COACH

The European Billiards & Snooker Association Coaching Academy was set up to qualify a network of highly qualified snookers coaches throughout Europe.

This will give you an insight into how EBSA train the coaches. It will also give the  NGB’s Information to achieve a professional coaching structure within their own country.

The EBSA hopes that a Coaching Academy will be set up in each of the European member countries which will help to spread the awareness and availability of coaching which in turn, will promote interest and participation in each country.

This will go a long way towards cementing snooker’s future in Europe. The EBSA Coaching Academy will aim to offer each country a consistency of high class coach training and this accreditation to the EBSA Academy will prove to be something that all coaches will be proud to have achieved.

To apply to attend an EBSA Coaching Course each Coach must ask their own National Governing Body to write to the EBSA nominating them to attend a course to train to become an EBSA Coach. Only NGB's nominated coaches can attend the courses.       EBSA Head of Coaching PJ Nolan will help  guide you through the course and I am sure you will enjoy the journey of becoming an accredited EBSA Coach.

PJ is a very experienced snooker coach who has coached all around the world and not alone in his EBSA role but also in is the Irish National Coach and World Snooker WPBSA Coach roles.

There are a number of aims we would like to achieve, during the EBSA training course:

  • Give you the tools and techniques required to become a snooker coach accredited to an EBSA standard.
  • If you are an existing coach, adding to any existing tools and techniques to allow you to efficiently train players to an EBSA accredited standard
  • Each country applicant will be trained to National Level accreditation.
  • Help you develop a training program struture for players of all levels
  • Give you the means to be able to form a Coaching Academy incorporating within your own country (if required)
  • All who make the effort to attempt this course will hopefully form the nucleus of the EBSA Coaching Academy – pioneers so to speak.

Once you have successfully completed the course, which will include some intensive training, you will be offered the opportunity to become an EBSA accredited coach. Some of you may be experienced coaches already. During the EBSA course it is hoped we will learn from each other, knitting together our ideas and methods so that we end up as a team of coaches, rather than a group of individuals.

Our overall goal should be to offer the same coaching from Iceland to Italy, from Holland to Hungary. A snooker player should be able to move from one side of Europe to the other and still expect a level of continuity in his/her development. In an attempt to ensure this we will introduce a form of ongoing assessment for all EBSA coaches. Probation periods and two year membership will be introduced and there will be a facility to withdraw EBSA accreditation if guidelines are not being followed.

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Head of EBSA Coaching

The E.B.S.A has announced the appointment of PJ Nolan from the Republic of Ireland as Head of Coaching within the European Billiards & Snooker Association. PJ has over 20 years of coaching experience after working all across Europe and Asia in his roles of National Coach to the Republic Of Ireland and Qatar in the Middle East.

PJ said : It is a great honour to become head of coaching in the E.B.S.A. I would like to build on the success achieved by Terry and Wayne Griffiths since the EBSA Coaching Academy was started back in 2004. I would like to thank the EBSA Board for having the confidence in selecting me to head the EBSA Coaching Academy.

During each EBSA European, Under 21 and Team Championships PJ and his team of EBSA Coaches will conduct Coaching Zones offering players the opportunity to view their coaching skills and practice some training drills. PJ believes, if the EBSA coaches can train their players in a specific training program then the improvement of the players overall game will maximised.

PJs  role as EBSA head of coaching will see him available full time to train coaches to become qualified EBSA coaches in Ireland or travel to another country to hold the Coaching course. To apply to attend an EBSA Coaching Course each Coach must ask their own National Governing Body to write to the EBSA nominating them to attend a course to train and become an EBSA Coach. Only NGB's nominated coaches can attend the courses.

PJ will also offer students from across Europe and all across the world the opportunity to travel to Ireland or travel to another country to receive professional coaching. All the training sessions will be recorded and each day the student will receive a DVD of the lesson to study more. This will become a great coaching resource for when they arrive back home.

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Free EBSA Coaching in Poland

The EBSA will be providing free coaching during the 2013 European Snooker Championship in the Hot Shot Club from 9am - 10am every morning from EBSA Head coach PJ Nolan. It is a great chance for all players to practice PJ's routines and improve their game.

You can follow it all on www.ebsa.tv.

 

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