Recently Snooker & Billiards Ireland held a free Snooker Coaching Cue Zone as part of the European Week of Sport in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow on Sunday the 27th of September 2020. I held the Cue Zone was held from 11am-4pm with Alan O Connor from Douglas SC in Co. Cork, Ryan McGuirk from R&R SC in Co. Meath, John Fitzpatrick from Mountrath SC in Co. Laois, Eric Pei from Dublin, Aaron Smith from Potters SC Drogheda Co. Louth and Ronan McGuirk from R&R SC in Co. Meath.
Latest Coaching Aids
During the day SBI offered this free session to their members and they were delighted to see all ages from young juniors to experienced players attend this cue zone to pick up skills to improve their game
I used all the latest Academy Coaching Aids:
- Master Doctor
- Blade Cue,
- Chris Henry Balls
- Str-Aim Cueing device
- EBSA Coaching Balls
I worked on developing the players Shot Approach, Stance, Cue Action, Grip, Address Position, Aiming and Delivery during the cue zone plus the players practiced training routines to improve their:
- Cue Ball Control
- Potting Skills
- Tactical game
Enjoyable Day by all
All the players said they had an enjoyable day learning new skills from one of the most experienced coaches in the world and the newly named ‘’ Snooker & Billiards Ireland ‘’ are fully focused on developing both Snooker and Billiards in Ireland to everyone who has a passion to want to learn regardless of ability and gender.
The players received Snooker & Billiards Ireland training booklets with advice on improving their technique and training. SBI thanked the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club for hosting the cue zone as it was a big success on the day.
SBI COVID-19 protocols
This Coaching event was held within the strict SBI COVID-19 protocols. All the players had their temperature taken when they arrived at the venue.
Only the players were allowed in the venue plus the coach and one parent or guardian to accompany all under 18 players. No Supporters were allowed in the venue. The two nominated players had a nominated table. Each player had their own equipment on a designated side of the table. The Equipment was sterilised before the session.
The 2020 European Week of Sport
The aim is to promote all sports and physical activity during the 2020 European Week of Sport and this will be celebrated from 23rd-30th September all across Europe.
The week is for everyone, regardless of age, gender or fitness level. With a focus on grassroots initiatives, the aim is to inspire Europeans to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in peoples’ everyday lives to play a sport.
European Week of Sport
Being Active does not mean having to be part of a sports club, a gym, running marathons or cycling across Europe. Being Active can be running around playing with your children, grabbing a walk with work colleagues on your lunch break
Others enjoy going outside and exploring the great outdoors or going to a snooker or billiard club to strike a few shots to learn a few skills and have fun. You can do whatever gets you moving to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Being Active leads you to:
- Increase Health Benefits
- Better Mental Health
- Feeling Great
- Having Fun
- Learning New Skills
Ryan McGuirk won the Tactical Challenge on the day and received a Snooker & Billiards Ireland Cup. Finally Snooker & Billiards Ireland would like to thank all the players for attending the Cue Zone and we really hope everyone enjoyed the European Week of Sport Coaching day.