Snooker Coaches Achieve 1st4sport Success

  • 19th December 2017

A further five WPBSA World Snooker coaches have achieved the new 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Snooker Coaching.

The new qualification was launched in April this year and to date 50 new or existing coaches have so far undertaken an initial training programme.

To attain the qualification coaches must work in the field with two levels of player, completing a series of linked lessons with each player and demonstrating that their coaching skills have improved their player’s performance.

Once they have completed this, together with other written tasks within their portfolio, coaches then attend an assessment day where they are assessed delivering a lesson to a pupil who they have never met previously to demonstrate a snooker lesson chosen by their assessor.

The continued progress of the qualification is a major step forward in the development of coaching within snooker. The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Snooker Coaching and its delivery is regulated in the same way as over 50 other major sports qualifications including football, cricket and rugby, which gives the team and its coaches the assurance that are being trained and developed at the same level as other sports.

Upcoming course dates

The next training course is scheduled for:

10-13 February 2018 (The Capital Venue, Gloucester)

Assessment days are held four times per year.

Learn more and download the application form.

What the successful coaches said:

“The initial course was a very enjoyable and educational four days, with the fantastic honour of spending a day with Steve Davis, picking his snooker-brain. The course gave us the motivation, skills and the knowledge to compile the evidence needed for the coaching assessment.  It was hard work but now I’ve qualified, a whole world of opportunities has opened up.  I’m proud to represent the WPBSA and can’t wait to meet new people and help them improve their snooker!” – John Bastow

“I learned step by step about how to go about being a WPBSA World Snooker coach and the course gave me the tools to build up a viable business! It was fantastic to learn from certified WPBSA world class coaches! It has given me the tools and opportunity to become one myself (with a bit of experience). They have made me feel welcome and a valuable member of the team and offer on-going training and support! It was an amazing experience!” – Sefton Payne

“The 1st4sport qualification adds another layer of professionalism to the WPBSA’s coaching programme. It reinforces the need for planning, review and evaluation to be built into the process which is necessary to develop clients and yourself effectively.” – Rick Williams

“I am really happy that I attended the 1st4sport Level 2 Snooker Course and I would recommend it to everyone who is passionate about the game and wants to become a certified coach.

The course itself was well organised and Andrew, Chris and Steve made us feel welcomed. They were happy to share their knowledge and answer all of our questions.

After the course and certification I have felt more confident coaching my own participants and I have also improved my own game.” – Muris Katanic