In January 1998 Terry Griffiths, (then coaching director of the World Professional Snooker Association) invited a number of potential coaches to a seminar at his Matchroom snooker club in Llanelli. An extensive training course took place over two days and the administrative structure of The Coaching Foundation was formed. The coaching scheme adheres to the guidelines of the Welsh sports council and all coaches who qualify are issued with a certificate, I.D. card, tie and blazer badge.
They all have structured coaching plans, which helps provide uniformity throughout the foundation. Only coaches who can produce the above criteria are bone fide coaches working under the guidelines of the Welsh Coaching foundation and the auspices of the Welsh Billiards & Snooker Association. Several Regional coaches have been appointed who work with their area coaches to co-ordinate coaching in their region. Regional coaches are qualified to train and examine new coaches and a recruitment scheme is in operation to bring more new coaches into the scheme.
All potential new coaches are strictly vetted. They then undergo extensive training and are finally orally and practically examined. Only those who satisfy their examiner in all aspects are then invited to join the foundation. Thus ensuring the continuance of the extremely high standards all Welsh coaches aspire to.
Coaching performs a vital role in all walks of life - business, drama, music and of course sport. Coaching is defined as whenever someone is prepared to share their expertise and experience with another, combining demonstration, explanation and advice hrough a planned and structured process. Effective coaching helps the participant gain improvement and thus more enjoyment in their chosen activity.
Wales has long enjoyed a prestigious position in the world of snooker. A structured and effective coaching foundation performs a vital link in the overall infrastructure of our sport. The success of our players has created role models for a new generation of young players to follow. In order for them to achieve similar success they must have access to fully qualified coaches on a local basis.
The safety and well being of all pupils in our care is of paramount importance. All welsh coaches have attended courses dealing with child protection procedures. The Foundation also has a Child Protection Officer whose job it is to deal with any incidents relating to child welfare. This person has extensively studied R.S.P.C.C. and Sports Council guidelines and is fully conversant with correct Child welfare procedures.