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Camp in Czech Repiblic

Last week I had the pleasure to return to the city of Třebíč in the Czech Republic to hold another training camp for 14 year old Jan Matějíček.  Jan represents the Czech Republic in next month’s European Under 18 and Under 21 Snooker Championships in Bulgaria.

  • Improvement Since Last Camp

I was very impressed with his overall improvement in his Address Position, Stance, Grip, Bridge, Cue Action and Break Building since the last camp. The aim for this training camp was to prepare him for the European Championships and develop a new training plan to practice.

  • Support

Jan has a superb Star Table to practice on and his attitude again was amazing in wanting to learn and listen. He is motivated and encouraged by his grandfather Ján Chren who has a snooker academy in Třebíč and great support from his mum Zuzana Matějíčková. I used my 147academy routines to improve his Technique, Cue Ball Control, and Break Building.  I focused again on his tactical game through mini tactical games which will help him identify the shots he needs to win more.

  • Training Plan

The new training plan contains three main areas to improve : 1. Technique, 2. Mental, 3. Tactical.  Each session during the camp was recorded and fine-tuned. He received the DVD’s to study as I feel this is crucial in improving his overall game.

  • Thank You

I would like to thank Ján and Zuzana for arranging the camp and inviting me back to his beautiful home in Třebíč.  I wish Honzink all the success in the EBSA European Championships in Sofia next month and the five year plan begins in developing him into a top class International player over the next few years.  Finally it was great honour to be asked back to help Jan improve his game and I was so proud of the way he has trained and I could not have asked for anything more from very special people in Třebíč. 

The perfect Christmas present

If you are looking for that perfect Christmas present for any Snooker or Pool player you can download the PJ Nolan 147academy training PDF’s direct to a mobile phone or tablet to help the player improve their training sessions for only $10.00 (Approx €9.45 euro).


After you purchase the PDF using any bank visa or debit card, an email is sent with a link to download and the Full 147academy PDF series available is Break Building Routines for Professional, International and National levels. Long Potting, Safety & Match-Play, Junior Level, Hot Shots Game, Learning Game, Ladies and 8 Ball Pool.

Each 50 page PDF contains 32 of PJ’s Specific Practice routines, Academy mind sets to help you improve the mental side of your game, Advice on Fitness, Nutrition and Relaxation. Advice on how to replace a Cue Tip, Choose the right cue, plus Technical Advice on how to play your best snooker or pool.

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  1. You will also be sent a confirmation e-mail with the same link. 
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Any problems with downloads email PJ on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Vienna Coaching Camp

Last weekend my 147academy travelled to Austria to hold a two day snooker training camp on behalf of the Austrian Billiards & Snooker Association in the HSEBC Cue Sports Academy in Vienna.  Eight players were selected to attend with Mario Bodlos, Oscar Charlesworth, Serbest Hussein, Jérôme Liedtke, Florian Nüßle, Philipp Koch, Elias Kapitany and Manuel Pomwenger at this training camp.

The ABSA training program containing specific Technical, Mental, Scoring Power and Match-Play Drills are becoming very popular and using the latest statistics to monitor each player by Austrian Coach Kim Chau Zi is keeping the players very focused.

  • Technical Drills

On the Technical Drills it was Florian Nüßle who performed excellent in the recent World Championships achieved 60pts to win the event, with Philipp Koch in second with 54pts and Oscar Charlesworth in third with 51pts.

  • Mental Drills

The Mental Drills was won by Florian Nüßle with a superb score of 411pts with Oscar Charlesworth in second place with 324pts and Mario Bodlos in third place with 327pts.

  • Match-Play Drills

Seven different versions of match-play events were held over the weekend and again it was Florian Nüßle who won it with 620pts with Oscar Charlesworth in second place with 430pts and Elias Kapitany in third place with 350pts.

  • Scoring Drills

Florian Nüßle made it a clean sweep of wins at the camp when he won the Scoring event with 636pts which included breaks of a top breaks of 140 and 135 on the Academy Maguire Break. Manuel Pomwenger was in second place with 393pts and Oscar Charlesworth in third place with 388pts

  • Top Breaks

Florian Nüßle was in fantastic form making a 140, 135 104 and 92 (Maguire Break), 92 (Walden) 97 (Star) 86 (Davis) 84 (Milkins). Oscar Charlesworth had a fantastic century with a 102 (Walden Break) and Philipp Koch made his first century at a camp with a superb 106 (Walden Break)

Each player received a DVD with videos from the camp along with sports psychology exercise to help with their mind fitness along with a copy of the new Austrian training plan.  We had some fantastic performances this weekend and I look forward to holding another camp in March to monitor the player’s improvement.

  • Thank You

Local coaches Chau Zi Kim and Guenther Echhart were on hand to assist me and the players throughout the weekend and I would again like to say a big thank you to them and ABSA President and Sport Director Christian Fock for inviting me back to Austria to train the team again.

  • Major Success for Austria

At the recent World IBSF Snooker Championships in Qatar, Austria achieved their best ever result when 15 year old Florian Nüßle from Salzburg reached the semi-finals losing to eventual winner Pankaj Advani from India.  I hope this encourages more players in Austria to believe in themselves to achieve good results on the International stage.

I am so proud of the way Florian practices and listens. It has been an honour to work for the Austrian Association and Florian for the past 5 years and I believe this is only the start of even bigger things in the future for Florian and for Austrian Snooker. 

World IBSF Qatar - Semi Finalist

147academy snooker player Florian Nüßle from Austria reached the semi-finals of the 2017 World IBSF Snooker Championships in Doha Qatar last week.  The 15 year old Austrian playing in his first World Men’s Snooker Championship broke all national records in reaching the semi-final stage losing to the eventual Champion Pankaj Advani from India 7 frames to 4.

Florian’s amazing run started with the young Austrian winning all his four group matches to top his group and he was seeded 4 in the knockout draw.  Click Group results

In the last 64 he beat Victor Sarkis from Brazil 4-0

In the last 32 he beat Paweł Rogoza from Poland 5-3

In the last 16 he beat Laxman Rawat from India 5-4

In the Q/Final he beat Lee Chun Wai from Hong Kong 6-3

Florian has dominated the Austrian snooker scene for the past two seasons.  His dedication to listen and improve is second to none.  His performance in Doha had people searching for ‘Who was this amazing 15 year old kid?’

Congratulations Team Austria

I would also like to congratulate Chau Zi Kim, Guenther Echhart, ABSA President and Sport Director Christian Fock for all their hard work and thank the Austrian Billiards & Snooker Association for having the faith to employ me for the past five years.  It is an honour working for the Austrian Association and putting in place the training structure and plan that Florian has said helped him achieve this magical performance.

Click to watch video of Prize Ceremony

  • Two Europeans in Q-Finals

Only 2 European players were left in the last 8 of the World Championships in Irelands Brendan O’ Donoghue and Florian. I am very proud to say that both of these players are members of my 147academy.    

  • Irish Success

Irishman Brendan O Donoghue played great snooker in Qatar but he lost 5-6 in the Q-Finals to the eventual Runner up Amir Sarkhosh from Iran. Brendan finished second in his group and made three centuries along the way.  Click Group results

In the last 64 he beat E Pandurangaiah from India 4-1

In the last 32 he beat Andreas Ploner from Austria 5-0

In the last 16 he beat Steve Mifsud from Australia 5-4

In the Q Finals lost to Amir Sarkhosh from Iran 5-6 

Brendan has reached the semi-finals stages one time in his career and I was so proud of the way he fought back from 2-5 down to level at 5-5 but he never got a chance in the decider. Well done Brendan!!!

  • More Academy Success

Fellow Academy members, 16 year old Ross Bulman from Republic of Ireland and 24 year old Andreas Ploner from Austria also performed excellent in reaching the last 32 of the World Championships in Qatar.

In the last 64 round Ross had a superb 5-2 victory over Ali Alobaidli from Qatar while Andreas beat former World Champion Igor Figueiredo from Brazil 5-4. In the last 32 Ross lost a close game to Lee Chun Wai from Hong Kong while Andreas lost to Ireland’s Brendan O Donoghue.


I would like to congratulate Florian and I hope this encourages more young Austrian, Irish and European Juniors to believe in themselves and practice hard because it is possible to do it on the big stage and I am so proud of Florian in Qatar. 

Finally Congratulations to the my old boss the Qatar Federation for hosting another superb, successful World Championship. Qatar will always have a special place in my heart, and I am so proud to return with one of my Juniors and reach the World semi finals in Doha.

Well done to all my 147academy players in Doha !!!!!!


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