The first Coaching Course was held at The Winchester Club in Leicester in 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). 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).
The Course is very interactive and aims to get all coaches fully involved, with events such as team quiz’s and group discussions. In this photgraph you can see Katie Martyn and John Morris (both coaches as the prestigious RAC Club in Pall Mall, London) explaining something to the audience.
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 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!”
Course fees are yet to be announced for the next course but places on the course will be limited to 14 people. Note that quite a lot of input is required.
Click here to see a list of qualified coaches so far.
The course fee includes:
- DBS check
- Child protection/safeguarding training
- Billiards coaching techniques
- How to market yourself & set up coaching programmes
- Practical & written examinations
- WPBSA Rules of Billiards & Snooker handbook
- World Billiards Coach polo shirt*
- Coaching Certificate*
- WPBSA/World Billiards coaching ID card*
- Free access to WPBSA coaching seminars*
* Successful candidates only.
For further information on the next course please contact Martin Goodwill via the Contact Us page
We are also planning ‘Young Player Of Distinction‘ scholarships in conjunction with the Coaching Scheme, details of which will be announced as soon as they are finalised.
We will shortly be conducting an interview with Martin Goodwill and Phillip Welham about the new World Billiards Coaching Scheme; see here for details.