“We Need a Re-Think on the Structure of the Amateur Game”

“We Need a Re-Think on the Structure of the Amateur Game”

WPBSA Coach Andrew Green says that although the amateur game in snooker has improved, there is still much more to be done to get a broad range of people playing the game.

Green, who became obsessed with the game at the age of 11, after his mother bought him a 6 by 3 table, said it was his dream to have his own snooker room and offer coaching. 

Green, 55, has introduced his own snooker coaching method, the Snooker System, and has been heavily involved in the Cue Zones into Schools initiative which he understands is sadly no longer in operation.

Maybe there could be an initiative like Boxwise for snooker?

He told SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor: “First and foremost, we need more clubs without restrictions on who can play. Sadly, we do still see various venues not allow under-18s into their snooker rooms.

We also need clubs to encourage and nurture participation through organised competitions and given access to coaching. World Snooker and the WPBSA have done a great job in taking the professional game to new heights, but I think we need a re-think on the structure of the amateur game.”

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Chris Gaynor interviewed WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson at his local club Woking Snooker Centre at the World Disability Snooker event in January, which he has been a member of since 2015…

Green also believes that a player is unique and “no two cue actions are the same.”

He adds; “Just because a player may not be textbook, doesn’t mean that you should change their technique. Ultimately, it is what is happening on the table that matters.”

 

“Having knowledge is one thing, but you then have to have the ability to communicate that knowledge in a way that your pupil can understand.

After becoming a coach, Green got involved with the CueZone into Schools initiative, and this writer has seen that first-hand in Sheffield at the Winter Gardens when we’ve been to see snooker at The Crucible a few times as well as the qualifiers at Ponds Forge and the English Institute of Sport.

Green said; “First, we needed three schools that were interested in taking part and then we trained up a member of the teaching staff to deliver weekly sessions at the school. A knock-out competition was played with the eventual winner playing Steve Davis on the main table. These days were incredible, and it was great to see so many kids and young people having fun playing snooker.”

Whatever your age, snooker should be readily accessible to everyone and everyone should be treated with respect and be given the chance to develop.

The Sports Code of Conduct for the Centre of Sport and Human Rights makes it very clear that discrimination for “any reason” will not be tolerated.

Andrew Green is a long line of great coaches that we’ve interviewed here on SnookerZone – from across the UK and beyond.

In SnookerZone’s local area, there is Cobham and the Surrey Snooker Academy with Level 3 coach Brian Cox and his co-worker Gareth White, with a fine set-up if you just want some coaching. We’ve been to the ones in West Byfleet and Cobham. Well done to Brian for ALL his great efforts so far in the local snooker coaching scene!!

Cox is another fine example of coaching and developing a small local sports set-up, where people can go to experience the professional settings and hone their skills – there is a market for ordinary people being able to experience the professional set-up as standard.

Woking also offers three Marco Fu cloth tables – if you can get on them in a two-player game! What if you’re a single player and certainly not a beginner and you want to have table time on one?

Ryan Mears goes to coach at Woking, and Chris Gaynor has had billiard lessons with him in the past. Mears, whom we’ve interviewed on this site, reached the Snooker Legends 900 semi-finals and will be playing in the Billiards League this season again in Woking A billiards team.

There are not many BIG clubs in the Surrey area, other than, Frames in Coulsdon, and Woking in Surrey and snooker as Green says needs a re-think in its amateur structure, and how it delivers both recreational and competitive snooker to the community. You cannot have one without the other! Snooker is struggling and needs all the support and help it can get!

Thanks to Andrew Green for his time talking to us. 

 

 

Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!