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INTRODUCTION BY SIX TIMES WORLD CHAMPION STEVE DAVIS
Steve Davis says:
"I've been a snooker player since I was 15 years old. Right from the outset the technical aspects of the game have fascinated me. I was lucky that my father was not only a snooker fan but also a 'believer' in the book written by the 'Godfather' of the game, Joe Davis.
"Joe's belief was that you could upgrade your standard of play by upgrading you standard of technique. While every player, including top professionals, have their own idiosyncrasies of techniques, it is hard to argue with a philosophy that says if a player improves their technique they will improve their game, even a player of Ronnie O'Sullivan's standard!
"From a coach's perspective however, the vast majority of the time is not spent addressing a top standard of play but more about getting players to be proficient enough to enjoy the game and encouraging them to return to the snooker club.
"The question them becomes "what is a coach's role?'
The answer is 'supplying the demand' and that is why I think we now have set in motion the most sophisticated coaching accreditation that the WPBSA has offered so far. Based on the great work that Terry Griffiths started up and continuing the enthusiasm that was very much a part of the previous team of Del Hill, Garry Baldrey and Mike Dunn, we are now in a position to offer prospective coaches a three pronged attack at the subject of coaching. From Chris Lovell's expertise in training and communication through to Terry Griffiths' understanding of how to coach a coach through to my 39 years of torment trying to understand the dynamics of a cue action! We are now able to supply that demand.
"Whether you are an enthusiast hoping to help generate interest on a Saturday morning at the local club or a coach aiming to help out at a professional level, we will be able to empower you along the way. Backed up with regular seminars for all coaches, I am sure that the coaching community will start to blossom and fulfil an important role in improving the standard and development of the game from encouraging participation at grass roots level right up to helping a pro get the most from his or her ability.
"Another part of the coaching set up, that will hopefully be improved; will be back up support for our coaches. For my part I will be endeavouring to answer questions on the technical side of the game in order to help our coaches pass on that information to their pupils.
"The most important role a WPBSA coach will need to fulfil is one of enthusing their pupils, but along the way they will no doubt encounter players that demand more technical help. Should a prospective WPBSA coach be discouraged from applying for a badge based purely on the knowledge that they are currently not fully equipped in the technical nuances of the game, then we may lose many good coaches before they even fill out the application form! Good luck."
NEW THREE-LEVEL PROGRAMME
Steve Davis added: "The introduction of the community WPBSA world snooker coaching certificate and the advanced WPBSA world snooker coaching certificate is a big step forward for our sport, it gives coaches an opportunity to progress and also a strong, open and inclusive approach to participation."
Jason Ferguson said: "The sport of Snooker and Billiards has entertained millions of people for many years, from a socal game with friends and family, right through to watching the spectacle of professional tournaments on the world's television screens. The key to our continued success is through participation at all levels and providing the opportunity for anyone to have a go. I am very proud of our coaching team and the work they undertake and I believe we have the best team in the world providing their ongoing training."
Terry Griffiths said: "I am delighted to be involved with the Level 3 WPBSA advanced training course. Potential and existing coaches now have options open to them that have not been available in the past. With three levels now available there are opportunities for all. Irrespective of the time they have to spare, the amount of experience they have or their skill level, they now have every chance of fulfilling their ambitions. Level 3 accreditation is for the elite and offers coaches the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Frank Callan who was the first coach to work with top professional players on the main tour. The game we love is growing beyond expectations thanks to Barry Hearn and his Matchroom team. The WPBSA coaching scheme is now in a position to support this growth."
THE WPBSA COACHING PROGRAMME
THE LEVEL 1 COMMUNITY WPBSA WORLD SNOOKER COACH AWARD
This is aimed at anyone aged 16 or above who wants to take the first steps towards becoming a coach and develop their skills to support a qualified coach in their area or simply have skills and knowledge to organise and develop snooker sessions in their club or school.
The one day course gives you an insight into how to engage people of any age male and female into the game.
A full explanation and basic training will be given regarding safeguarding/child protection and how you would support the WPBSA safeguarding /child protection policy.
TRAINING AND DEMONSTRATIONS ARE GIVEN ON:-
How to find a club/school and get them interested in supporting you.
How to communicate to people taking part and keep them interested in developing their snooker skills.
How to organise competitions and events.
How to engage participants with bite sized fun games on the snooker table.
A introduction to the basics of the game.
An induction to basic snooker drills and practice routines.
INDUCTIONS AND WELCOME ICEBREAKER
How to get involved in your area.
The coaching network.
Setting up a club in your school or club.
Interactivity number 1.
How to organise a snooker competition, including promoting the event to the local community before and after the event using various outlets including the media.
MAKING SNOOKER FUN.
How do we keep people interested in our sessions.
Safeguarding, and child protection?
Interactivity number 2.
Introduction to the basics.
Basic snooker drills and practice routines.
Review and feedback.
Your action plan.
After course support.
This one day course includes all refreshments including lunch, delivery material to organise events etc, polo shirt with the community WPBSA logo to wear when delivering sessions or attending events, certificate, WPBSA rules book, full after course support, access to attend (free as part of their membership) the twice yearly coach seminars at the UK and World Championships with other members of the coaching team together with Steve Davis and Terry Griffiths.
An opportunity to support Barry Hearn and Jason Ferguson on the quest to grow to the game costs £199.00 inc VAT. Includes first years membership of the WPBSA coaching team and CRB check if required.
THE COURSE WILL GIVE YOU THE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, CONFIDENCE AND SUPPORT TO ASK YOURSELF DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A WPBSA WORLD SNOOKER COACH.
IF THAT ANSWER IS YES, AND YOU HAVE THE DRIVE, PERSONALITY AND MOTIVATION TO WORK WITH STEVE DAVIS ,TERRY GRIFFITHS AND CHRIS LOVELL ON THE LEVEL 2 WPBSA WORLD SNOOKER COACH THEN THIS WILL ENABLE YOU TO DEVELOP YOUR COACHING SKILLS TO FULL STATUS.
WE WILL GROW YOUR COACHING SKILLS OVER A TWO DAY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME LED BY SIX TIMES WORLD CHAMPION, STEVE DAVIS, AND NORTH LANCS. TRAINING GROUP'S CHRIS LOVELL TOGETHER WITH 1979 WORLD CHAMPION AND TOP COACH, TERRY GRIFFITHS.
The coaching team will meet on a regular basis via seminars and workshops to discuss the development of the game at grass roots level backed by the professional game.
• Develop their coaching and instructional skills with different groups of people under the guidance of Steve Davis and Terry Griffiths
• Represent World Snooker in your area
• Grow and develop the game with advice on how to set up coaching programmes with individuals, clubs, schools and government bodies etc.
• Liaise and contact the media
• Understand their responsibilities with regards to child protection and safeguarding
• Liaise with other coaches on a regular basis with seminars and workshops with guest speakers.
• Understand the rules of snooker. Full post course support from Alan Chamberlain
• Debate techniques and coaching theories with Steve Davis and Terry Griffiths
• Develop part time/full time income from the game
• Receive advice and guidance on marketing themselves with full support available after the course, including tips on creating posters etc. from Chris Lovell.
Arrange trips to ranking events
Each coach will receive a coach's tool kit
2 polo shirts
Copy of Rules of Snooker
All carrying the World Snooker coaching logo. Please note these are only issued to qualified World Snooker coaches.
Each successful candidate will receive a framed certificate.
Each attendee will have the opportunity to have their picture taken individually and within the group with Steve Davis and Terry Griffiths; these will be personally signed.
The 2 day course offers all daytime/lunchtime refreshments together with hotel accommodation.
An opportunity for all course delegates to have an evening team meal together.
The cost of the course is £899.00 including VAT which is inclusive of CRB check and 1st year's coaching membership, together with hotel accommodation and meals, excluding dinner on the evening of day one.
Courses will be held at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield and the South West Snooker Academy, Gloucester
8.00 a.m. breakfast
9.00 a.m. Welcome and introductions
Meet the WPBSA coaching team of Steve Davis, Terry Griffiths and Chris Lovell
Course objectives and ice breaker
10.00 a.m. How to coach the basics of the game
Led by Terry Griffiths this session will allow delegates to work with Terry on how to coach the basics of the game, from picking up a cue to addressing the cue ball. By the end of the session, delegates will be competent in demonstrating to the group, one aspect of delivering the basics of the game to a beginner.
12.30 p.m. Lunch with Steve and Terry
1.30 p.m. Led by Steve Davis, delegates will begin to take part in the most inclusive approach to snooker coaching within the modern game.
Steve will begin by using Joe Davis' bible "How I play snooker" and subsequently examine different types of technique.
Delegates will be offered specific guidelines on how to develop ability as opposed to pursing a text book approach. By the end of the session, delegates will be able to differentiate between various types of technique and demonstrate to the group verbally how they would address this through their coaching methods.
5.30 p.m. Review of day one.
6.00 p.m. Conclusion
8.00 a.m. onwards Breakfast
9.00 a.m. The role of the World Snooker coach
World Snooker Coach Code of Practice
Developing the game in your area
How to contact snooker clubs, schools, councils, community groups and the police.
Good coach, bad coach, a DVD examining the difference between a good and bad coach.
How to market yourself.
Presentation is key! Coach's tool kit.
Would you trust you?
How to develop promotional materials cost efficiently.
How to promote yourself in the media FREE!!
This is me - practical exercise.
By the end of this session you will be able to communicate with a prospective customer i.e. player or organisation and explain what you have to offer in a professional manner.
12.00 p.m. Lunch.
1.00 p.m. Child protection/safeguarding.
An explanation of the types of child protection situations a coach may come in contact with and how the WPBSA will support coaches in such circumstances.
2.00 p.m. Coaching different types of players.
Types of players and how to adapt your instructional coaching technique.
Barriers to learning.
3.30 p.m. Planning a session.
How to plan a session dependent on your player(s) or group's needs or requirements.
How to complete a session report and maintain your records.
4.00 p.m. Reflection and final assessment.
Presentation of certificates together with the World Snooker Coach's Toolkit.
5.00 p.m. Course concludes.
Hotel accommodation and refreshments:
All are included within the course fee apart from dinner on he evening of day one, where an opportunity exists for the group to dine together as a team. Transport will be provided but the cost of the meal/drinks is self funded.
IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE LEVEL 2 QUALIFICATION AND FOLLOWING A SUSTAINED PERIOD OF PROVEN EXPERIENCE YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY TO JOIN THE LEVEL 3 WPBSA ADVANCED WORLD.
THE LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA IN SNOOKER AWARD, WPBSA ADVANCED WORLD SNOOKER COACH, IS A THREE DAY COURSE DELIVERED BY TERRY GRIFFITHS AND CHRIS LOVELL AND IS AIMED AS A PROGRESSION FOR COACHES WHO POSSESS THE LEVEL 2 QUALIFICATION AND/OR PRACTICING EXISTING GRADE A, B OR C COACHES OR EXISTING UNQUALIFIED MEMBERS OF THE WPBSA OR EXPERIENCED PLAYERS.
DIRECT ENTRY TO THE LEVEL 3 DIPLOMA COURSES CAN BE GRANTED BY AN INITIAL ASSESSMENT, UNDERTAKEN BY THE WPBSA COACHING TEAM AND THE WPBSA CHAIRMAN.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate a proven experience of understanding and demonstration of front line delivery of the basics supported by evidential diary of activities including partnerships with clubs, governing bodies, schools, councils, practical explanations of specific problems by players and how to rectify and support them.
An understanding of how to implement practice routines.
An example of innovation to support the growth of the game (this area can be developed).
The course will be over a three day period
Consisting of the following:
Delivered by Chris Lovell
Instructional techniques and presentation skills
Enhanced promotional and marketing techniques
Delivered by Terry Griffiths
All aspects of covering the game reviewing the basics and how to correct faults to advanced techniques, practice routines, match strategy, break building and correcting common faults. Terry will instruct on how to undertake a lesson and go through a mock lesson with each candidate.
Following the course each delegate will earn the right to call themselves an Advanced World Snooker Coach. This will be for an initial 12 months probationary period. During this time you will have the full support of the WPBSA coaching team regarding any issues or development. During this time coaches will need to demonstrate they are working with and provide at the end of your 12 months probationary period the following:
A minimum of 10 completed pupil review sheets
A minimum of 10 completed pupil record sheets (for 10 people)
A minimum of 10 different sets of completed lesson notes (with pupils' telephone number)
The course is limited to a maximum of 4 persons for days 2 & 3. Coaches who have undertaken the Terry Griffiths course within the last 18 months may undertake day 1 and complete the probationary period, if they have not already done so and achieve advanced status.
The course costs/£1499.00 inc VAT and includes first years membership of the WPBSA Coaching Team.
THIS GIVES THE WPBSA A CLEAR PROGRESSION ROUTE TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF THE GAME, TOGETHER WITH PEOPLE HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACCESS ANY LEVEL DEPENDENT ON THEIR EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE.
Review of Course costs
Level 1 Community WPBSA World Snooker Coach - 1 day
£199 inc VAT
Level 2 WPBSA World Snooker Coach - 2 day
£ 899 inc VAT
Level 3 Advanced WPBSA World Snooker Coach - 3 days
£1499 inc VAT
Level 3 Advanced WPBSA World Snooker Coach Day 1
£300 inc VAT
All courses, refreshment and hotel costs are included, together with clothing and materials, where applicable.
As at 1st April 2013, all previous Grade A, B or C coaches will be recognised as WPBSA World Snooker Coaches, unless they have completed the new level 3 course or they have enrolled but not completed the course, but paid a deposit.
CRB renewals will be reviewed every 3 years directly with Chris Lovell or Simon Brownell at a cost of £75.00.
REACCREDITATIONS OF COACHING STATUS
Effective from 2013, all coaches will need to complete a reaccreditation as to their activities as a WPBSA coach. This will involve a practical and written examination.
This has been introduced following requests by coaches that we regulate the different levels of coaches who graduate and maintain a reflective quality standard.
We are re-introducing an annual fee for all coaches in line with other sports. Each member will receive a membership card when they graduate and on the receipt of a successful CRB check (if applicable). These will be due 12 months following the completion of a coach's initial course
All coaches will have to be members of their national governing bodies to maintain their status as a WPBSA coach. We are currently in talks with each NGB with a view that the first twelve months of membership is free of charge. WPBSA coaching membership after year one is as follows:
Level 1 Community WPBSA World Snooker coach £20
Level 2 WPBSA World Snooker coach £50
Level 3 WPBSA Advanced World Snooker coach £100
Membership will include access to two coaching seminars at the UK Snooker and World Championships, including buffets, together with refresher coaching days delivered by Andrew Highfield and Andrew Green.
MARKETING AND PROMOTION
We will be updating our website pages shortly to promote the 3 new levels, together with clarification from a CRB point of view. We will also be producing a table/Map that defines where people can find the right coach i.e. level 1, 2 or 3 in or near to their area.
Three new badges have been developed to show the difference between all 3 levels. Coaches will be able to advertise themselves to reflect their grade.
Each level of coach will be recognised by a different coloured polo shirt. This will be as follows:
Level 1 - White
Level 2 - Black
Level 3 - Dark Green
FEEDBACK FROM GRADUATES WHO HAVE ATTENDED THE COURSE
"I really want to thank you for your hospitality over the last two days. I was very apprehensive about the course and in awe of meeting Steve Davis and Terry Griffiths, but that was short lived as they were great fun and put us all at ease straight away. I can't believe how much I have learnt during this two day period and again I put this down to your ability to make people feel at home. Just wished it could have gone on for another couple of weeks! Can't wait for the seminars."
"Hi Chris, just wanted to thank you again for organising the coaching course these past two days. It's difficult to put into words just how inspirational it was. At first my intention was to be able to simply help people become better players and perhaps help to introduce people to the game. The work you have done, however, opened my eyes to how much good can be achieved through the game we love. As I said, the empowered feeling I have to extend your work in my area is immense. Please do pass on my thanks to Steve, Terry, Jason and Andrew as the whole team was instrumental in the success of the course. Thanks again."
Andrew Green (a very proud World Snooker Coach!)
"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to become a World Snooker Coach. I wear the polo shirt and jacket with a great sense of pride. I regard this as one of the great achievements of my life. Of course I realise that the real work is about to begin."
"Just wanted to say a big thank you for the course put on in Sheffield this week. It was great to meet you all and to hear your thoughts on the game, technical blueprints and how to enthuse others and grow the game. Overall the event has left me feeling that snooker is once again in good hands."
"Thanks again for yours and Steve's time and effort with the course. Everybody back here's really pleased I passed. I am being interviewed this week by a Rotherham/Barnsley business magazine. Our club is 80 years old in May so we have arranged with the council's events team and ACT for Rotherham to have marquees in the town square on Saturday 7th May. We are putting up two 6ft tables so the kids can have a free go at the 60 second challenge and the winner gets a free session with their school mates and some coaching at the club. This initiative I have taken from the course."
"Thank you for the two beautiful days. To me it was a great experience to be there. The intensive work on our skills, led by Steve, Terry and Chris, gave me a burst forward. The course was what you can expect, it was completely professional. The whole group has this enthusiasm for snooker. It was superb to see how they made a team of us. I have to thank all for the warm welcome, the respect and these very good days. We are looking into the future with confidence that we achieve our objective - growing the game. Being the first certified coach by the WPBSA in Germany, I will continue to give my best."
"Thank you again for a great day last Thursday. I was proud to be part of the team and you ran and organised the day very well. With the team now in place, the growth of the coaching programme is going to be excellent."
"Thanks again for a well constructed and thorough course. I particularly enjoyed the debates and Terry and Steve's humour made them very entertaining. It was great to experience the different views from two legends of the game."
"I really enjoyed the coaching course, found it very encouraging."
"Sincere thanks for a great 2 day course which I thoroughly enjoyed. The course was well constructed, which gave me an insight into the objectives being laid down for the future and next generation of snooker. Having now completed the course I am proud to be associated with the future of snooker, not as a player but as a full time coach. Many thanks to Steve Davis, Terry Griffiths and yourself for the advice and inspiration you passed on to me."
"The two days were very enjoyable. It was interesting seeing Steve's, Terry's and Chris's approach to coaching and promoting yourself. Also to get an insight into World Snooker's future plans for the coaches and the game in general was very positive. Having attended and qualified in Sheffield in December 2007, I found this course to be more structured, constructive and positive. It was a good experience and thanks for all the team's efforts."
Kevin Gall, Cueball Snooker Club, York
"A coaching course that delivers everything you need and more! Well structured with inspired presentations by Terry Griffiths, Steve Davis and Chris Lovell. I look forward as a World Snooker Coach to making a positive difference in the lives of many people and keeping the great game popular."
"Just a quick note to say the snooker coaching days were run by three of the most professional people I've ever worked with and know as friends. Thank you all. The great thing about snooker is you never stop learning. Keep up the great work. Thanks again."
Paul Rinaldi, World Snooker Coach
"My thoughts on the course were that it was everything I had hoped for and more. As I stated previously, my main objective was to find out about the media side of the course, but I came away from there feeling as though I had thoroughly benefited from the whole two days. The course has inspired me to seriously look into giving up my current career and concentrate on coaching full time. Many thanks."
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