Youngsters in Hungary are being introduced to snooker through a series of regular sessions under the guidance of accredited snooker coaches.
Held at the Szervátiusz Jenő Primary School in Budapest, the 90-minute sessions take place each Friday under the guidance of European Billiards and Snooker Association (EBSA) coaches Gergo Almasi and Laszlo Bekk.
“It has been fantastic to run these sessions and introduce more young people to our sport,” said Almasi, who alongside his coaching work is also a qualified referee who recently was the Tournament Director at the World Snooker Federation Open in Malta. “Using specially developed smaller tables manufactured by Xing Pai we have seen many children enjoying their snooker so much that it is almost impossible to get them off the table when their parents are waiting to collect them at the end of the session!
“We would like to thank both Jason Ferguson and Maxime Cassis for their support and are looking forward to taking snooker further afield in the future with roadshows all over the country to take our sport to an even greater audience.”
Both coaches were among 21 EBSA coaches who attended a landmark one-day course last year in Serbia at which they gained WPBSA World Snooker Level 1 coaching accreditation, including child protection and safeguarding.