Last weekend on the opening two days of the 2014 Dafabet World Professional Snooker Championships in the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield our National Coach PJ Nolan was invited by World Snooker to be the lead coach in the World Snooker Cue Zone.
This year World Snooker Coaching launched a new purple polo shirt which is in association with their official charity the Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice and all coaches will be wearing the new polo throughout the Championships.
World Snooker are responsible for delivering Cue Zones at all major TV events and the objective is to promote the World Snooker Coaching Programme. The Cue Zone are a showcase for the general public to play on a professional Star match table. The Cue Zone was held again in the Winter Gardens beside the famous Crucible which is also used as the main filming area by the BBC during the Championship.
PJ said '' The atmosphere around the Cue Zone and the Crucible was incredible and it was great to be invited back by World Snooker to lead the Cue Zone. The first two days featured two main players as it saw the return of Ronnie O Sullivan and a great win for Ireland's Ken Doherty".
The public practiced some of PJ's Training routines over the two days and were awarded World Snooker Gold medals and World Snooker Certificates for the players who cleared the routines.
This year we had a large Irish contingent over to support Ken and to watch the snooker which included some of Ireland's top Junior players like Andrew Doherty, Paul Smith and Daniel Merrigan from Dublin. All players performed excellent and cleared numerous routines and were awarded medals and certificates by PJ.
This year the famous World Snooker Championship trophy was on display and who knows who will eventually lift the title in two weeks. When you lift this beautiful cup you get the sense of history of the great Champions who lifted it down throughout the years and it is the dream of every snooker player to hold it aloft and be crowned the World Champion.
Finally PJ would like to thank World Snooker, Jason Ferguson, Chris Lovell and fellow World Snooker Coach Steve Rutter for making the two days so enjoyable and PJ is already looking forward to returning next year.
Would you like to arrange your own Cue Zone with PJ
The cost of holding a RIBSA Cue Zone is €20.00 per hour coaching time plus €20.00 per hour travel time from Carlow plus tolls and parking. If you would like to travel to the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow you can avail of a 2hr session for €55.00 which includes Lights, DVD of the lesson and Technique profile.