This week my 147academy travelled to the beautiful city of Turku on the southwest coast of Finland to hold a snooker training camp in the amazing AuraBiljardi Club.
The spectacular AuraBiljardi Club is one of the most incredible Snooker Club I have ever held a coaching camp in. The AuraBiljardi Club has nine beautiful professional Star Snooker Tables plus many American Pool, Chineese 8 Ball Pool Table and Carmon Tables. The Club is also one of the busiest with many cue sport lovers playing in the club from the moment it opens to closing time.
This camp was focused on training four promising Finnish Juniors in Patrik Tiihonen, Eelis Lappalaisen, Tuure Lappalainen and Toni Savonen plus AuraBiljard Club owner Marko Parkkola and Harri Lappalainen.
Patrik Tiihonen, Eelis Lappalaisen and Tuure Lappalainen have represented Finland in EBSA European and IBSF World Championships over the years and they have achieved superb results and it was a big honour to train and coach them again.
Develop good Fundamentals
During this camp I developed a new training program with training on specific shots, drills and situations that occur in frames and matches. The players were also shown how to plan a session and to start making written records from their training so improvement can be measured with goals, targets and feedback from each session.
I held different types of competitions during the camp to monitor the player’s performances in Technical, Mental and Scoring Areas and on Day 1 Tuure Lappalainen won the Technical and Mental Challenges and Patrik Tiihonen won the Scoring Challenge.
On Day 2 Tuure Lappalainen again won the Technical and Patrik Tiihonen won the Mental amd Scoring Challenges. Day 3 we focused on Match-Play and analysis of the players videos.
New Training Program
The three-day training camp covered all aspects of the game from developing good fundamentals in their playing technique i.e. Approach, Stance, Grip, Bridge, and Cue Action. I used my EBSA Coaching Training Balls, Master Doctor Kit, Balde Cue, 360 Cue and Academy Laser to develop their approach of coming in on line of aim to deliver the cue better.
All the players practiced routines for Cue Ball Control, Safety Play and Break Building. Each player received a CD to study at home with the videos from the camp plus a booklet of improving their mental side of the game.
Honour to Coach in Finland
It was an honour to train the Finnish players again and see how passionate they were about wanting to learn. The AuraBiljardi Club is the perfect training base to help develop more champions of the future in Finland.
The passion shown this week bodes well for growing the game and it is a big honour for my 147academy to help the Finland players improve more and achieve more good results on the International stage.
I would like to thank Harri Lappalainen and Marko Parkkola from the AuraBiljardi Club for organising everything and making my stay in Turku so nice.
Finally thank you to all the players for training so hard and giving me 100% commitment throughout the camp. I look forward to our next camp to monitor your progress.