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Austrian Snooker Camp

My latest Austrian National Training Camp was held in the HSEBC Cue Sports Academy in Vienna, Austria. This camp was again organised by the Austrian Billiards & Snooker Association with twelve players invited to attend this two-day camp.

The Players

Florian Nüßle, Oskar Charlesworth, Jérôme Liedtke, Tajmeet Grover, Mario Bodlos, Mike Busse, Arif Hussaini, Andreas Ploner, Thomas Janzso, Philipp Koch, Kapitany Elias and Billiard International Martin Schmidt attended this intense training camp to prepare for next months National Championships.

The Camp Winners

I held different types of competitions during the camp to monitor the player’s performances. The first day was all about long potting and scoring. The winner was Florian Nüßle with a stunning display with Andreas Ploner in second place and Thomas Janzso, Philipp Koch and Jérôme Liedtke in joint third place.

On the second day I held various Match-Play competitions and the winner was Oskar Charlesworth who stayed unbeaten the whole day with nine victories in a row, Mario Bodlos finished in second place with Thomas Janzso, Philipp Koch and Jérôme Liedtke in joint third place.

Training Plan

During this camp I worked with the players on improving their Technique, Break Building skills and Safety Games with specific academy Technical, Mental, Scoring and Match-Play routines. I really feel the players are developing their game with every camp. All the players practiced from 10am – 6pm and it was a pleasure training them again as their commitment was superb.


All the players received videos from the coaching camp along with a copy of the new training booklet to work on during each training session at home.

Thank You

I would personally like again to thank the Austrian Association for inviting me to work with the players and I am already looking forward to holding the next camp in February 2020. 

Finally, I would like to thank Austrian President and Sport Director Christian Fock and National Coach Chau Zi Kim for their assistance during the camp and I wish Austrian player Florian Nüßle good luck in this month’s World Snooker European Masters Qualifier in England and all the players good luck in their National Championships in January. 

Come on Austria!!!!

India Coaching Camp

Last week my 147academy returned to the capital of India's West Bengal, Kolkata city to hold a Snooker Coaching Camp in the Calcutta Cosmopolitan Club from the 19th-27th of November.

The Players

The eight Players from the city of Kolkata showed fantastic commitment in wanting to learn the skills with Shreevardhan Poddar, Rishabh Dugar, Mudit Poddar, Dhruv Agarwal, Aayush Gangwal, Rajesh Tulsian, Priyansh Jain and young 8yr old Samridhee Dugar attended this camp.

Academy Aids

I used my Master Doctor and laser to get the players in line, I used the 360cue to achieve a smoother delivery and I used my Blade Cue to help the players deliver the cue straight.

Camp Goal

All the players were recorded and practiced Technique, Break Building, Long Potting and Safety routines. I worked on creating records for the players to achieve and I fine-tuned good fundamentals in their playing techniques. I developed a new training program to improve their Break Building and Cue Ball Control as I feel this is a crucial area in developing their game to a higher level.


Each player received the videos of their action from the camp plus a player profile that outlines what is needed next to improve even more. All the players also received a sports psychology to help with their mind fitness.


The size and population the city of Kolkata always overwhelmed me as it is over 5.5 million people living in one city. The hospitality shown to me again from the moment, I arrived to the moment I left was incredible.

Thank You

I bring back some great memories and it was a pleasure training all the players again as their commitment and passion to learn the new skills was superb. I would like to thank the Calcutta Cosmopolitan Club for hosting the camp and thank Sandjeep Jain for organising a great Camp.

Remember ‘’ Practice hard and play with Confidence ‘’

EBSA Course in England

As Head of EBSA Coaching I held an EBSA Coaching Course from the 22nd – 24th of October to train four coaches on behalf of the European Billiards & Snooker Association in becoming Official EBSA Snooker Coaches in Dunstable, England.

The Course was held in the amazing Dunstable Snooker Club near Luton in England. The club contains 7 Star Professional Snooker Tables and 9 Professional 8 Ball English Pool Tables. This is the perfect training base for any cue sports player in preparing for upcoming events.

First EBSA Course in the UK

The EBSA Coaching Course is only open to recognised coaches who are approved by their own National Governing Body. This successful course was the first of its kind held in the UK and attending this course was Jonathan Perring from Wales, Suny Singh and Neeraj Khanduja from England and Arnason Zophoni from Iceland.

Jonathan Perring is already an experienced Welsh Coach, Suny Singh is the owner of Dunstable SC who has an incredible passion for the game, Neeraj Khanduja is already a level 1 WPBSA Coach and Arnason Zophoni is heavily involved in the Snooker in Schools project in Iceland with fellow EBSA Coach Palmi Einarsson.

  • Professional Coaching Pathway

EBSA Chairman Maxime Casis said ‘’ It is fantastic to have this Course in the Dunstable Snooker Club in England to qualify four more EBSA coaches and strengthen our structure within Europe. After the three days of intensive training from our Head of EBSA Coaching PJ Nolan I am sure our new coaches are on the right pathway to help their National Association developing the game in their countries.

The EBSA have now twenty-eight countries consisting of seventy-nine coaches with full EBSA accreditation promoting the game all around Europe which goes well for the future of the game.

  • New Training Program

A new training program and manual in English and Icelandic language will be developed to help the new coaches to train and guide their players in their countries. The new coaches will now begin their probation period where they will complete all the necessary assignments to graduate in becoming a fully accredited EBSA Coach later on this year.

  • EBSA Syllabus

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 covered all aspects of the game from
  • Planning Sessions & Designing Routines
  • Role of a Coach & Sports Psychology
  • Rules of the Game, Practice Exercises
  • Safety Play & Shot Selection
  • Preparation for Match- Play
  • Physical and Mental Etiquette before completing the EBSA coaching written exam.

  • Partnership with the WPBSA

Earlier in 2019 the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) Jason Ferguson and European Billiards & Snooker Association (EBSA) Maxime Cassis announced a partnership which will see our EBSA Coaches having the opportunity to achieve Level 1 WPBSA World Snooker Coach status if they attend a Chris Lovell WPBSA Course which includes Safeguarding Child Protection at a European Championships for free of charge.

  • Thank You

I would like to thank Dunstable Snooker Club for doing everything in making the course a big success. Suny Singh looked after us all so good in making it an enjoyable experience. I also thanK EBSA Chairman Maxime Cassis on arranging the course and be the first of its kind in the UK.

Finally, I would like to wish the four new EBSA coaches the best of luck in developing their coaching skills and completing their homework assignments in graduating as full EBSA Coaches.

  • Next EBSA Course

Another EBSA Coaching Course will be held at the next European U-18, U-21 and Men’s Championships in Portugal. This will allow any NGB Coach to be trained in becoming an EBSA Coach plus attend a WPBSA World Snooker Coach Couse on the final day to get Level 1 accreditation.

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 to nominate you to do the course as only nominated NGB coaches can attend the EBSA course.

Full details will be posted on the EBSA web site soon.

Austria Team Camp

Last weekend my 147academy returned to Austria to hold a PJ Nolan camp in the HSEBC Cue Sports Academy in Vienna for the Austrian National Snooker and Billiards Team.

This camp was organised by the Austrian Billiards & Snooker Association to help their players prepare for this month's World IBSF Men’s and Masters World Snooker Championship in Turkey and World Snooker Challenge Tour event in Belgium. 

  • The Players

Eleven selected players from their rankings were invited to attend this camp when Philipp Koch, Oskar Charlesworth, Florian Nüßle, Jérôme Liedtke, Arif Hussaini, Mario Bodlos, Elias Kapitany, Thomas Janzso, Ebrahim Baghi, Carl Walter Steiner and Andreas Ploner,

The players attended this training camp from 10am – 6pm each day. It was a pleasure training the players again as their commitment was superb.

  • Physical Fitness

Qualified Austrian fitness coach from Vienna Daniel Seyser gave two 1hr fitness sessions to the players on both mornings. This is aimed at teaching the players how to stretch and look after their bodies before and after long training sessions.

  • Training Plan

This camp was one of the highest standards with many players improving their scores from the last camp in September. I focused on their Approach, Stance, Address Position, Bridge, Grip and Cue Actions and I really feel the players are developing their game with every camp.

This camp I again worked on their match with specially designed drills working on their Technique, Break Building, Long Potting, Safety Game and Match-Play routines.

  • Coaching

All the players received a CD from the coaching camp along with a copy of the new training booklet to work on during each training session at home.

  • Match-Play

I held many different Match-Play competitions and the winners were Florian Nüßle, Philipp Koch, Mario Bodlos with two victories each. Andreas Ploner, Thomas Janzso and Arif Hussaini had one victory each. 

  • Thank You

I would personally like to thank the Austrian Association for inviting me to work with the National Team players and I am already booked in holding more camps in 2019 and 2020.

I would like to thank Austrian President and Sport Director Christian Fock and qualified EBSA Coaches Clemens Kunkel and Bernhard Müllner for assisting me. Thank you also to Chau Zi Kim and the HSEBC Academy for making it another successful camp.

  • Good Luck

Finally, I would like to wish all the Austrian players the best of luck in the World IBSF Snooker Championships in Turkey. Well done this weekend and keep on training hard and preparing your best for each event.

See you all in December, Auf Wiedersehen. 

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