This week my 147academy returned to the beautiful city of Milan in Italy to hold my 7th snooker training camp in the Ambrosian Snooker Academy in Milan. Davide Coltro who is an EBSA and WPBSA Coach and the main developer of snooker within F.I.B.I.S. organised the camp.
This five-day training camp covered all aspects of the game from developing good fundamentals in their playing technique i.e. Approach, Stance, Grip, Bridge, Cue Action to Safety and Tactical shots within their games.
I used the Master Doctor Kit to develop their approach of coming in on line of aim and it was announced this week that this kit will become the official EBSA coaching aid for all EBSA Coaches.
Italian 5 Pins Players
Some of the players who attended this camp were from the sport of 5pins which is the most popular cue sports game in Italy. Five pins is played on a Carom table with 5 pins in the centre of the table and the players who attended were eager to learn the technical side of snooker. The National Coach Thomas Primon was on hand to guide the players on learning and developing the news skills.
Thomas Primon said all the players were very happy with the technical and mental training achieved during the camp and the players are already using some of the techniques in their games already.
All the other players were from cities all across Italy and they 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.
Develop good Fundamentals
This camp was to focus on developing a new training program and raise the knowledge and standard of snooker in Italy by 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 feedback from each session.
Honour to Coach in Italy
It was an honour to train the Italian players as they are so passionate about wanting to learn. Davide Coltro is working hard to develop snooker in Italy and the game is becoming more popular each year with more and more clubs and Academies starting up all around Italy.
Within Eurosport they have their own commentators and this bodes well for the growing of the sport and it is a big honour for my 147academy to help in producing top-class players in the future.
I would like to thank F.I.B.I.S., Ambrosian Snooker Academy and Davide Coltro for organising everything and making my stay in Milan so enjoyable. Finally, thank you to all the players for training hard and giving me 100% commitment throughout the camp.
I look forward to the next camp in 2020 to monitor their progress.