This month saw World Billiards Limited (WBL) successfully stage their first ever coaching course under the new World Billiards Coaching Scheme at The Winchester Snooker Club, Leicester.
Approved and supported by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), the course was developed and delivered by Head of Coaching Martin Goodwill, Head Coach Phillip Welham and WBL President Roxton Chapman.
The course was well-supported, with players from across the UK including World Snooker referee Colin Humphries and 2007 WLBS World Championship finalist Katie Martyn taking part. They were also joined by coaches from mainland Europe and one coach from Singapore.
Activities included learning how to teach some of the key shots and techniques in billiards, as well as discussing pre-recorded video scenarios and receiving full child-protection and safeguarding training from WPBSA coach Chris Motley.
All players successfully completed the course and were presented with a certificate and will receive a WPBSA/World Billiards coaching ID card.
Martin Goodwill said: “We were delighted with how the course went and the feedback from all of the coaches was very positive. We are looking forward to reviewing survey results from all participants and will use the responses to shape and evolve future courses.”
Franz Meszaros, who travelled from Austria to participate, said: “I am still feeling privileged to have attended this WPBSA Billiards coaching course and I want to thank everybody concerned for their work in organizing it.”
Zensen Fan, from Singapore added: “This was a great course by great coaches. All three humble coaches were not there just to certify, but to impart their vast knowledge in the game and teach skills to coach students to play good billiards. This course helps set the foundation to propel the popularity of English Billiards and thereby raise the standards of the beautiful game. I am really glad to have made the trip and been accepted into your group to promote the game. Thank you to the WPBSA and World Billiards!”
To view photographs from the course check out our Facebook album and for more information visit www.world-billiards.com