I had the honour as Head of EBSA Coaching to hold a Coaching Course for the European Billiards & Snooker Association in Budapest Hungary to train five new coaches on behalf of the Hungarian Snooker Association.
This EBSA Coaching Course is only open to recognised coaches who are approved by their own National Governing Body and the Hungarian Snooker Association nominated Géza Zakariás, László Bekk, Balazs Kiss, Richard Balo and Gergő Almási to attend this training course which was held in the beautiful private room in Budapest which is owned by Association President Peter Varga.
PJ said '' It was an honour to give another course in Hungary to train and qualify the five new Hungarian coaches. All five are passionate about the game and I hope the new structure will help the coaches grow and promote the game more in Hungary. Top Hungarian Junior player Balazs Kiss becomes the youngest EBSA Coach so the future is looking good ‘’.
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 Hungary 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
A new Hungarian training program and manual has been developed to help guide their players. The coaches will now begin their probation period where they will complete all the necessary assignments in Hungary to graduate in becoming a fully accredited EBSA Coaches.
The EBSA will soon have 22 countries consisting of sixty five coaches with full EBSA accreditation promoting the game all around Europe which goes well for the future of the game.
Hungarian Snooker president Peter Varga said ‘’ He was delighted to have PJ back in Hungary holding this EBSA course and he hopes it raises the standard of the game here in Hungary “. Gergő Almási ‘’ said he was delighted with the content on the course and we now have a great structure to build up the game to produce more players in the future and he thanked PJ for coming and giving all his knowledge to the sport “.
PJ thanked Gergő and László for organising everything and inviting him to do the course. He thanked Peter for the use of the table and wished the five 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.
Next EBSA Course
Two more EBSA Coaching Courses will be held next few weeks in Israel at the European Championships and in Vienna to hopefully qualify more European Coaches and help all the European countries grow their games all across Europe.
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 www.ebsa.tv web site.