One to one coaching will turn an average snooker player into a really good snooker player as long as the coaching is provided by an experienced snooker coach. Here are a number of snooker coaches working in the Leeds, Manchester and London areas that would be players may wish to consider.
One to One Snooker Coaching in the Leeds Area
Northern Snooker Centre
The Northern Snooker Centre is located in the Kirkstall area of Leeds making it easily accessible to players all around the Leeds area. This superb club offers snooker and American pool to its members and is open all year round every day of the week. Not only does The Northern offer great facilities for players but also offers coaching.
Private one to one lessons may be booked with the Northern's resident coach Ian Williamson who is a former professional snooker player. Ian represented England at senior level and was at one point the British Junior champion. He is also a former UK Billiards champion therefore has all the credentials and experience required to enable him to coach those who wish to hone their skills.
Private lessons are available or for those who don't mind joining in with a group session this is also available. Players wishing to book private one to one lessons may contact Ian on 0113 243 3015. Further details regarding membership of the Northern Snooker Centre can be found at the website.
- Northern Snooker Centre
- 92 Kirkstall Road
- LS3 1LT
- Tele 0113 243 3015
Star Snooker Academy
The Star Snooker Academy is located in Sheffield which is around thirty minutes' drive from Leeds. Star offers residential packages or day courses for those who are serious about snooker, while the club was established back in 2003 and has been staffed by qualified experts in snooker ever since.
Many of the world's best snooker stars have passed through the doors of this academy and the club remains the destination for professionals who wish to practice before matches. Packages available here include
- Advice and one to one coaching
- Packages for all ages and abilities
- Great accommodation for those who join the residential course
- Any length of time packages available
Many of the coaches at Star are former professional players, while prices start at £40.00 per hour. Further information regarding bookings plus what is available can be found at the Star website. If you would like to hone your snooker skills by being coached by the best then the Star Snooker Academy is definitely the place to consider!
- Star Snooker Academy
- Sheffield United Football Academy
- Firshill Crescent
- S4 7DJ
- Tele 0114 242 0596
Lionel Payne is available to teach one to one snooker lessons and will travel to any location in West Yorkshire (travel expenses must be covered) from his base at St Michaels Snooker Club in Wakefield. Lionel has been coaching for the past twenty four years on a one to one basis or group sessions.
Lionel coaches players of any ability or age and charges £25.00 per hour for a one to one lesson or £60.00 for three hours. This seems very reasonable when we take into consideration the fact that Lionel's pupils hold nine world titles between them! Lionel coaches snooker and pool and is regarded as one of the best when it comes to teaching the fundamental aspects of the game to his pupils. Lionel may be contacted regarding booking a lesson at
- St Michael's Snooker Club
- 1A Alverthorpe Road
- West Yorkshire
- WF2 9NW
- Tele 01924 290402
One to One Coaching in the Manchester Area
Improve Your Snooker
Jim Donnelley is a professional snooker coach with thirty years' experience behind him who can be contacted via the Improve Your Snooker website. He has coached world class snooker players to achieve great successes and also runs a junior academy, while he is available for coaching at all levels including newcomers through to players who have plenty of experience.
One to one coaching is offered anywhere in Europe as Jim will travel to any location from his Glasgow base. Those who are interested in booking coaching sessions with Jim but do not live in the Glasgow area must contact him for pricing details.
Having been a World Championship finalist himself Jim knows what it takes to succeed therefore anyone who is serious about the sport will receive sound advice along with excellent instruction in order to hone their skills. The Improve Your Snooker website features a number of testimonials from happy customers, while all coaching sessions are individually tailored to the level of experience the player has achieved so far.
- Jim Donnelley
- Tele 07944 147 000
Joe Swail Coaching
Joe Swail is available for coaching snooker in many locations including the Greater Manchester area, while price wise Joe is very competitive meaning paying for lessons is not out of reach for those on a tight budget. Joe Swail offers one to one coaching ensuring players can learn at their own pace, while Joe will also travel to your own home or club to provide the coaching you require.
Buying a voucher to pay for coaching lessons is a great idea for that special Christmas gift, while Joe is more than willing to answer any questions you may have about his past life as a professional snooker player. Joe also plays snooker exhibition matches in many locations worldwide and is always available should you wish to book him for one.
The Joe Swail Snooker website has lots of information regarding this amazing coach, while those who wish to contact him regarding booking coaching sessions or an exhibition must fill in the online form located on the website and Joe will get back to you. No telephone number is supplied.
Swinton Leisure is home to the North West Elite Junior Snooker Academy whose Coach Reg Davis has plenty of experience when it comes to teaching the art of playing snooker as he had worked with professional players all over the world. Reg was voted Salford Sports Network Coach of the Year 2010/ 12 and welcomes players of all abilities along to his coaching sessions.
Half term is a great time to get started with snooker coaching, while Swinton put on extra sessions at this time. The club welcomes players between the ages of eight and seventeen, while all levels of ability are also catered for. Reg concentrates on
- Basic skills of playing snooker
- How to stand
- How to grip
- How to line up a shot
- Ball control
All players receive a free polo shirt after twelve weeks attending coaching lessons, while each session costs £6.00 per hour. Further information and details regarding booking times can be found at the Swinton website.
- Swinton Leisure
- Wellington Road
- M27 4BR
- Tele 0161 794 0672
Lee Martin World Snooker Coach
Lee Martin offers snooker coaching in the Bolton, Chorley, Preston and Wigan areas of the North West of England. Lee attended a World Snooker Coaching course in Sheffield back in 2011 and passed the course which was hosted by Steve Davis and Terry Griffiths who are both big names in the snooker world.
Those wishing to book Lee can request he visit their own home or travel to see Lee at his own venue. One to One Rates are as follows
- First session £30.00 for 90 minutes
- Further sessions £25.00 per hour
- 4 x 45 minute sessions £60.00
- 6 x 60 minute sessions £60.00
Further information regarding dates and times that Lee is available can be found at the website or Tele 07809 747 536
One to One Coaching in the London Area
The London Snooker Coach
The London Snooker Coach is none other than Gary Filtness former professional snooker player with over thirty years' experience under his belt. Gary has been coaching amateurs, juniors, women and world champions since 1992 offering lessons that are tailored to players' individual requirements.
Gary offers snooker coaching in Romford, Upton Park, East London, Essex and his own home, while prices are set at
- Players age 9 to 16 £30.00 per single lesson
- Players age 17 and over £40.00 per single lesson
- Further packages are available through enquiry
Discounts are available for block bookings, ongoing coaching for juniors, beginners are welcome, while Gary is experienced in teaching and coaching female snooker players. Gary may be contacted online by filling in the form at the London Snooker Coach website or by calling 07764 149 522.
One to one coaching is available in the London area at the Hurricane Room with John Woods who is a qualified World Snooker Grade A coach. One to one coaching is available for adults and juniors alike with adults paying £25.00 per hour and juniors £10.00 per hour. The snooker table comes in with the cost while John also offers coaching sessions for groups.
Players who book coaching with John can expect to learn
- Basic techniques
- Potting and break building
- Shot selection
- Cue ball control
- How to approach the game mentally
Those wishing to book lessons with John on a one to one basis can either contact the Hurricane Room ,ring John directly on 07511 916 346 or visit Johns new website Gone 2 Pot for further details. Details of how to join the club are available at the website.
- Hurricane Room
- Acton, Kings Cross, Tooting and Colindale
Nic Barrow at the Snooker Gym
Nic Barrow offers snooker coaching to groups or individuals who wish to hone their snooker skills. Nic coaches juniors and adults of varying abilities all over the world and offers individual one to one coaching for those who prefer it. Coaching is also available via Skype.
Whether you are a complete novice or have a wealth of experience Nic is happy to assist, while packages can be tailored to players' specific needs. Sessions last from one hour through to full days, weekends or full week packages. Nic won the 2014 APCTC Specialist Coach of the Year award.
Nic is based in Milton Keynes just north of London but is happy to travel to your own base. Nics typical session includes
- Informal initial chat
- Plan your training
- Warm up
- Start training
- Video your session when equipment available
- Practise Stance
- Break Building
- Cue Control
- Positional play
All prices and times are available at the Snooker Gym website.
- Nic Barrow
- Milton Keynes Snooker Club
- The Square
- Milton Keynes
- MK12 5DG
- Tele 07920 888 788