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15 Nov 2018

2019 WPBSA Coaching Course

Our next Coaching Course will take place over the weekend of 27th & 28th April 2019 at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, immediately following the short format World Championship. 

So far we have 42 World Billiards coaches worldwide and we are hoping to increase this number significantly during this course.

Our head of coaching Martin Goodwill will be assisted by head coach Phillip Welham and multiple world champion Peter Gilchrist.

This will be a two day course covering how to coach the basics of the game.

WPBSA’s Chris Motley will be in attendance for a presentation on child protection.

Course participants will have to pass a pre-course online exam, plus three practical exams on day two of the course.

 

For the first time we are also adding a billiards seminar on Monday 29th which all qualified World Billiards coaches will be invited to attend. Peter Gilchrist is confirmed as the first guest speaker and we hope to add others in due course. Coaches will be able to discuss both coaching and playing techniques with guest speakers in an open forum without the restriction of the more rigid structure of the preceding coaching course.

The seminar will also be free to attend for coaches who have qualified on previous courses.

The price of the coaching course (including the seminar) is £199.

Click here to register. Note that this is a long form, but you can use the Save and Continue feature.

See links below for further information:

Introduction to the WPBSA World Billiards Coaching Scheme

List of current WPBSA World Billiards Coaches

September 2016 course (UK)

September 2017 course (Australia)

December 2017 course (UK)

Find a coach (map)

 

 

 

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12 Dec 2017

Latest Coaching Course

Our latest Coaching Course took place over the weekend of 9th & 10th December 2017 at the Winchester Club in Leicester.

Ten people qualified as new WPBSA World Billiards coaches, bringing the total number up to 42 worldwide.

Our head of coaching Martin Goodwill put together a two day course covering how to coach the basics of the game. He was assisted by Peter Gilchrist, Rob Hall and WPBSA child protection officer Chris Motley.

Course participants had to pass a pre-course online exam, plus three practical exams on day two of the course.

 

Congratulations to new coaches (L-R) Jim Burke, Antony Cooke, David Nichols, Roy Smith, Peter Gilchrist, Arthur Winn, Ian Cotter, Rob Hall, Glenn Yeo and Victor Yeong pictured with Head of Coaching Martin Goodwill (far left) and club managers Mukesh & Svetlana Parmar (centre).

 

Martin Goodwill examining Arthur Winn’s coaching technique

 

See links below for further information:

Introduction to the WPBSA World Billiards Coaching Scheme

List of current WPBSA World Billiards Coaches

September 2016 course (UK)

September 2017 course (Australia)

Find a coach (map)

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21 Sep 2017

Coaching Down Under

 

September 2017 saw World Billiards successfully stage their first ever coaching course outside the UK, at the Yarraville Club in Australia.

Approved and supported by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), the course was developed and delivered by Head of Coaching Martin Goodwill (England), Jason Colebrook (Australia) and Gary Oliver (New Zealand). Jason and Gary underwent training in the days prior to the event in order to deliver the course and qualify as WPBSA approved Billiards Examiners for their respective countries.

 

The course was very well supported with 12 players from various states across Australia and included the 2002 World Amateur Snooker Champion, Steve Mifsud.

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Australian & NZ Coaches

Our new World Billiards coaches from Australia & New Zealand

 

Prior to the course each candidate had to complete an online examination and on the day activities included learning how to teach some of the key shots and techniques in billiards as well as discussing pre-recorded video scenarios. In addition, each coach had to complete three practical examinations, teaching various aspects of the game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Colebrook

 

All players successfully completed the course and after various governance procedures have been completed will be presented with a certificate and will receive a WPBSA/World Billiards coaching ID card.

 

 

 

 

 

Some quotes from the day:

Had a wonderful day at the Reventon academy attending the World Billiards coaches course. I found the course very professionally run and very enjoyable. Martin Goodwill’s presentation was excellent and his advice on coaching techniques invaluable. I’d recommend anyone interested in the game of English Billiards to take this course.
Steve Mifsud (2002 World Amateur Snooker Champion)

Excellent course – comprehensive, entertaining, and very professionally delivered. Set a benchmark as to how to deliver a coaching accreditation course, with great group participation evident. I left the course inspired to pass on the knowledge acquired, as well as encouraged to greater personal practise and development.
Tad Babiak (head of coaching in the state of South Australia)

It was great to have Martin Goodwill in Australia to deliver this course to the prospective coach examiners and coaches. By the end of the course all the candidates where enthused about the sport and felt ready to help introduce new players into the sport, courtesy of a sound knowledge of teaching the basics.
Jason Colebrook (President of Billiards Australia and WBL board member)
 

First World Billiards Coaching Course

The first WPBSA World Billiards Coaching Course was held at
The Winchester Club in Leicester during September 2016.

 

Coaching Course 18 Sep 2016

Coaching Course (September 2016)

 

 

Coaches had already successfully passed an online examination (about the basics of coaching billiards and the rules of the game) and participated in various events including teaching the basics, group discussions, video analysis and a practical examination.

 

 

 

 

 

The course was delivered by Martin Goodwill (Head of Coaching), Phil Welham (Head Coach) and Roxton Chapman (President of World Billiards).

 

Group discussions

Group discussions

Start of the Course

Start of the Course

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was very well supported by the WPBSA and attended by Alan Chamberlain (WPBSA Board Member and World Billiards Chairman), Chris Motley (WPBSA DBS and Child Protection Officer), Lisa Bray (WPBSA Secretary) and Matt Huart (WPBSA Press and Media Officer).

Franz Meszaros from Austria

Franz Meszaros from Austria

 

 

Franz Meszaros travelled from Austria to make the Course and said:“Still feeling privileged having attended this WPBSA Billiards Coaching Course, I want to thank everybody concerned for their work in organizing it.”

 

 

 

 

Fan Kian Sang Zensen from Singapore

Fan Kian Sang Zensen from Singapore

 

Fan Zensen travelled all of the way from Singapore to make the Course and said: “Great course by great trainers! All three¬†humble trainers were not there just to certify but to impart their vast knowledge in the game and skills in coaching students to play good billiards. This course helps to set the foundation to propel English Billiards popularity and thereby raise the appreciation level of the beautiful game. I am really glad to have made the trip and been accepted into your purpose driven group to promote the game. Thank you WPBSA!”