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.

The course has been developed in partnership with 1st4sport Qualifications using feedback from existing coaches in respect of the requirements of the sport by Chris Lovell, coaching consultant to the WPBSA, and delivered by six-time world champion Steve Davis and fellow coach Andrew Highfield.

Course structure

The new Level 2 course sees participants begin by receiving four days of teaching, including a mix of both theoretical and practical exercises.

Included within the course are three hours of child protection and safeguarding training, delivered under NSPCC guidelines. An enhanced DBS check is included for UK based coaches (if applicable).

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

Portfolio

Following the four-day course, delegates must use and develop their coaching skills with two players of a novice and intermediate level in a practical environment. The primary objective of this work is that the coaching delivered by the coach improves the performance of the pupil and that this is documented by the coach within their portfolio.

Assessment Day

When ready, aspiring coaches can book a place on one of four yearly assessment days, comprising of an observed lesson by a qualified assessor, and the assessment and verification of their portfolio of evidence, which if successful will lead to certification.

Following assessment, their portfolio will then need to be assessed and verified where the decision is communicated to the coach as soon as possible.

If the coach is unsuccessful in any aspect of the assessment they are allowed two re-assessments in any two-year period from the date of their registration.

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