On Sunday the 29th of August, Snooker & Billiards Ireland Chairman Dylan Rees was very happy to announce that SBI have obtained the required planning permission to start creating the new home of Irish Snooker in the new SBI Academy of Excellence HQ in Carlow Town, County Laois.
SBI received the keys this week and they held their board meeting in the new HQ today with Dylan Rees, John Tobin, Tom O Driscoll, Tony Thorpe, Ger Murray, Shane Mason, David Joyce and Neil Shanahan in attendance. Dylan thanked all the committee for all their tremendous work in securing this project over the past 10 months.
SBI are very excited about this project and we all know our members have had a hard time throughout this COVID-19 pandemic but finally there is some good news to celebrate for our members. We look forward to welcoming all members to our new home and grow the game throughout Ireland in all categories.
The work will now begin in fitting out the unit below. SBI will soon be announcing more news in the coming weeks.
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Wouldn’t it be good if England were to put some effort into creating a national academy venue? Rather than just have competitions for juniors, why not have something a little easier to aspire to?
Earning a place at the academy where they can be coached and prepared for major tournaments would be better than just expecting them to try their luck at events like Q School.
Lots of other sports appear to have proper development pathways to professional standards, something sadly lacking in snooker.
The days of “Enter as many comps as you can. Get beaten and try again” are over as far as I can see. Coaching has come on in leaps and bounds since the 80s and is the way forward if snooker want’s to be taken seriously again. Other countries are producing the stars of the future at the moment and England, and the rest of the UK, need to wake up and follow their example or get left behind!