Last month saw delegates from South Africa successfully become qualified Level 1 snooker coaches as part of the WPBSA’s Accredited Coaching Course Programme.
First launched in August 2020, the Programme aims to further the development of snooker coaching around the world, supporting existing coaching schemes run by recognised National and Regional bodies by incorporating key elements of the WPBSA Coaching Programme. This includes the Safeguarding and Child Protection training developed by the WPBSA through its partnerships with UK Coaching and the NSPCC.
Through a cooperation with Snooker and Billiards South Africa (SABSA), the initiative saw 11 coaches complete the WPBSA Level 1 Coaching Course online in January and will give snooker coaching a grassroots platform in the country for the first time.
The successful delegates were presented with their certificates, polo shirts, rulebooks and ID cards last month following the conclusion of this year’s South African Snooker Championships.
Chris Lovell, WPBSA Head of Coaching & Training Development said: “This is a huge step forward by the WPBSA for national governing bodies and official associations worldwide. Through the development and delivery of coaching courses online, we have a platform to reach out and continue the growth of the sport around the world. Many congratulations to the South African team on their success and best wishes for their exciting plans.”
Learn more about the WPBSA Coaching Programme.