1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Snooker Coaching

In April 2017 the WPBSA, through its umbrella organisation the English Partnership for Snooker and billiards (EPSB) announced a new partnership with 1st4sport Qualifications, a nationally recognised awarding organisation, to launch the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Snooker Coaching.

The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Snooker Coaching requires each aspiring coach to complete an in-depth learning programme and be assessed on their knowledge of the principles of coaching and the delivery of a series of snooker coaching sessions. This format is typical of the coaching qualifications delivered across all sports working with 1st4sport Qualifications.

This course has been developed by the WPBSA coaching team in partnership with 1st4sport Qualifications and is delivered by WPBSA Coaching Consulant Chris Lovell, six-time world champion Steve Davis and WPBSA World Snooker coaches Andrew Highfield and Chris Motley.

Course structure

The four-day course sees delegates receive an exciting mix of both theoretical and practical training to equip them with the skills to become a professional coach.

All delegates undertake three hours of child protection and safeguarding training delivered using NSPCC guidelines, which leads to the achievement of the UK Coaching Level 1 Certificate in Safeguarding.

A DBS check is included within the course for all UK-based coaches.

The itinerary for this course can be found here: L2 Certificate in Snooker Coaching – Itinerary

On the conclusion of the course delegates are awarded Level 1 WPBSA World Snooker Coach status together with a red polo shirt. This enables them to operate out in the field to complete the assessment requirements contained within the learner portfolio.

Learner portfolio

Following the course coaches are to complete a number of assignments within the portfolio which have been taught on the course, together with developing their coaching skills with two players of a novice and intermediate standard. The objective of the coach is to improve the performance of the players over a minimum period of four linked lessons.

Assessment

Once a coach feels that they have completed all of the tasks within the portfolio they can book a place on an assessment day. These are held at regular intervals during the year at various locations across the country. Any coaches from outside of the UK can submit their assessment by video.

The assessment process will be fully explained and supported during the four-day training course. A decision will be given to the coach following their assessment. If successful, they will be awarded with a black polo shirt, receive a congratulatory letter from WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson and a qualification certificate from 1st4sport.

If the coach is unsuccessful in any aspect of the assessment they can resit those parts within the two-year period from the date of their registration which is the date they completed the four-day course.

Cost

The course costs £650.00 (inc VAT) and each course is limited to 12 delegates.

Read more information on how to apply and to download the application form.

Eligibility

Prior to registration with 1st4sport learners (which candidates will become), coaches are required to:

  • Be appropriately identified through the application process
  • Be able to communicate effectively in English
  • Be at least 17 years of age at the point of registration with 1st4sport, prior to the course you are registered for
  • Be at least 18 years of age prior to certification