Last weekend my 147academy returned to Austria to hold a PJ Nolan camp in the HSEBC Cue Sports Academy in Vienna for the Austrian National Snooker and Billiards Team.
This camp was organised by the Austrian Billiards & Snooker Association to help their players prepare for this month's World IBSF Men’s and Masters World Snooker Championship in Turkey and World Snooker Challenge Tour event in Belgium.
- The Players
Eleven selected players from their rankings were invited to attend this camp when Philipp Koch, Oskar Charlesworth, Florian Nüßle, Jérôme Liedtke, Arif Hussaini, Mario Bodlos, Elias Kapitany, Thomas Janzso, Ebrahim Baghi, Carl Walter Steiner and Andreas Ploner,
The players attended this training camp from 10am – 6pm each day. It was a pleasure training the players again as their commitment was superb.
- Physical Fitness
Qualified Austrian fitness coach from Vienna Daniel Seyser gave two 1hr fitness sessions to the players on both mornings. This is aimed at teaching the players how to stretch and look after their bodies before and after long training sessions.
- Training Plan
This camp was one of the highest standards with many players improving their scores from the last camp in September. I focused on their Approach, Stance, Address Position, Bridge, Grip and Cue Actions and I really feel the players are developing their game with every camp.
This camp I again worked on their match with specially designed drills working on their Technique, Break Building, Long Potting, Safety Game and Match-Play routines.
All the players received a CD from the coaching camp along with a copy of the new training booklet to work on during each training session at home.
I held many different Match-Play competitions and the winners were Florian Nüßle, Philipp Koch, Mario Bodlos with two victories each. Andreas Ploner, Thomas Janzso and Arif Hussaini had one victory each.
- Thank You
I would personally like to thank the Austrian Association for inviting me to work with the National Team players and I am already booked in holding more camps in 2019 and 2020.
I would like to thank Austrian President and Sport Director Christian Fock and qualified EBSA Coaches Clemens Kunkel and Bernhard Müllner for assisting me. Thank you also to Chau Zi Kim and the HSEBC Academy for making it another successful camp.
- Good Luck
Finally, I would like to wish all the Austrian players the best of luck in the World IBSF Snooker Championships in Turkey. Well done this weekend and keep on training hard and preparing your best for each event.
See you all in December, Auf Wiedersehen.