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Finland Training Camp

This week my 147academy returned to the city of Turku in Finland to hold another Snooker Training Camp in the AuraBiljardi Club in Finland.

This camp focused on training four talented and up and coming Finnish Junior players Patrik Tiihonen, Eelis Lappalaisen, Tuure Lappalainen and Toni Savonen who will play in the 2020 EBSA European Under 18 and Under 21 Snooker Championships in Portugal next month.

Perfect Training Base

The AuraBiljardi Club was again the perfect venue for the camp. AuraBiljard Club owners Marko and Marke Parkkola were the perfect hosts. The club has nine professional Star Snooker Tables plus many American Pool, Chinese 8 Ball Pool Table and Carmon Tables.

Training Program

During this camp I updated their training program and designed new match play games with analysis so improvement can be measured with goals, targets and feedback from each session.

This three-day training camp covered all aspects on the Mental side of the game as I believe this will help achieve more success for the Finnish players. Each player received Audio and Videos on improving this important area in their game plus two booklets on improving their mental side.

Honour to Coach in Finland

It was an honour again to train in the AuraBiljardi Club as this is the perfect training base to help develop more champions in Finland. It is a big honour for my 147academy to help the Finland players improve more and achieve more good results on the International stage.

Thank You

I would like to thank Marko and Marke Parkkola from the AuraBiljardi Club for organising everything and making it a great experience. Finally thank you to all the players for training and good luck in Portugal for the European Championships.

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Egypt National Team Camp

Last week my 147academy returned to Africa and the city of Cairo in Egypt to hold another National Team Snooker Training Camp organised by the Egyptian Federation of Billiards Sport. 

This time we held a Men’s Camp with 14 players and a Junior Camp with 17 players. It is a big honour to work with this Egyptian Federation on improving their players as they are so many talented young up and coming players plus former or current African / Arab Champions and former Egyptian professional players who have competed on the World Snooker Tour. 

The Players

The thirty-one selected players were invited to the Sharkia Eastern Company Social Club where they attended training from 10am-7pm each day. I worked on improving their Technique, Break Building skills and Safety Games with Specific Academy Technical, Control, Scoring and Match-Play routines.

I also focused on the Mental Side of the game and I really feel the players will develop their game more with every camp with this structure. We trained again on my official training program endorsed by the Federation to help the players improve with set routines and drills.


All the players received the videos from the coaching camps along with a copy of my new psychology booklet to work on during each training session. The players achieved fantastic scores and I am already looking forward to the next camp later in 2020.

Record Scores 

On the routines I focused on this camp with the players achieving their highest possible scores by allowing them to continue after a clearance and the players set a number of fantastic scores with Mohamed Salama making a 224 on the T Break and 173 on the UK Break. Mohamed Ibrahim had a 264 on the Hendry Break. Hatem Yassin had 164 on the Carter Break. Fadi Hamouda potted 12 from the 15 Straight Blues. Mahmoued Hareedy had a 150 on the Max Break. Wael Talat made 99 on the 5 Reds /Pink Break and Abdel Rahman Shaheen had a 166 on the UK Break.

Junior players Mina Malak had a 226 on the Shovel Break. Islam Trabily had a 149 on the T Break. Ahmed Kishk had 143 on the Shovel Break. 

Thank You

I would personally like to thank the Egyptian Federation of Billiards Sports for inviting me to work with their National Team players and I am already booked to hold more camps in 2020. I would like to thank Egyptian Federation of Sports President Mr Amr Elkharadly and his board plus Head Coach Wael Talalt for his assistance during this camp.

Good Luck

Finally, I would like to personally thank Hussein Abou Hussein for looking after me so well and wish all the Egyptian players the best of luck in the upcoming Arab Championship in Dubai in March. It was a pleasure training all the Egyptian players again and I look forward to meeting everyone again. Keep on training hard boys and see you all soon insharlla. 


Happy Christmas & New Year Everyone

I would like to wish all my 147academy students and friends all around the world a Wonderful Christmas and New Year.

Last season was another memorable season and it started off with Rodney Goggins reaching the final of the Irish Masters in Goffs, Aaron Hill winning the European U-18 title and Ross Bulman reaching the European U-21 Final. My young Irish juniors retained the Celtic Challenge and it ended this week with Ross Bulman beating World No.12 Barry Hawkins in a world snooker ranking event.

My Irish and International students have won National events or have improved their ranking and breaks. I am so proud of everyone who represents my 147Academy. I have a great job being a professional snooker coach but my job is made easy with all of your dedication.

I would like to thank The Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association for their continued support. I would also like to thank all the International Players, Associations and Clubs in Ireland and all across Europe for inviting me to hold 147academy coaching camps in 2019.

It was a great pleasure training and guiding you all. I look forward to meeting everyone again in 2020 in helping you achieve your goals and dreams on and off the snooker table.

Happy Christmas and Happy Cueing for 2020 everyone!!!

Milan Training Camp

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.

Thank You

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.

Arrivederci PJ

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