My 147 Academy travelled this weekend to the HSEBC Cue Sports Academy in Vienna, Austria to hold a two day Coaching Camp, This camp was aimed at preparing the Austrian National Team players for the upcoming EBSA European Under 18, Under 21 and Men’s Snooker Championships which is being held in Cyprus later next month. The camp was organised by the Austrian Billiards & Snooker Association and Florian Nüßle, Oskar Charlesworth, Manuel Pomwenger, Markus Pfistermüller, Markus Bauer, Serbest Hussein, Philipp Koch and Jérôme Liedtke were invited to attend the camp.
Newly crowned Men’s National Champion, 14 year old Florian Nüßle had another incredible camp when he made the highest ever pro break in any Austrian camp with a 141 break on my Davis Break, Florian also won both main Break Building average challenges, two Long Potting and two match-play challenges while Markus Pfistermüller won the other Match-Play event. New player Serbest Hussein had a brilliant camp and he won a long potting and a Break Building challenge.
I worked with the players on improving their break building skills and safety games with specific academy routines as I feel this is crucial now in developing their game. All the players practiced from 10am – 6pm to improve their Cue Ball Control, Break Building and Long Potting. The players also played numerous mini tournaments and it was a pleasure training them again as their commitment was superb throughout the camp.
All the players received a DVD of action from the coaching camp along a with a Sports Psychology booklet to work on their mind fitness. I would like to thank Austrian Sport Director Christian Fock and local coach Chau Zi Kim for their assistance during the camp. Finally I would like to wish Team Austria the best of luck in Cyprus and I hope they can play with the confidence and skill I know they can produce. I would personally like to thank the Austrian Association again for inviting me to train the players and I am already looking forward to holding the next camp in April to check on the player’s improvement.