|Next step: fly snooker into space, says Barry Hearn|
According to World Snooker's press release, Bangkok already has its Snooker Academy kicking. No wonder that with so many great Thai players already playing next to the heavy names in the business, with the Six-Reds Championship and with the revived Snooker World Cup, being held here Thailand is ready to embrace snooker in a more official way.
This sets the ground for others Snooker Academies to be launched in different countries that have invested their time, energy and finance in this sport. For now the first step has been made, and you all know what Neil Armstrong said: "It's a small step for man, a giant leap for mankind" ... or words to that effect, to quote Dennis Taylor :-))
Below you have the entire press release.
|The whole snooker gang|
In a two-tier structure, the Academies will be considered the Centres of Excellence, and this level of accreditation will only be granted to those locations which achieve the highest levels of training, development and facilities. At a lower level, snooker clubs will have the chance to become Accredited Centres by having official coaches in the club and a commitment to youth development.
The new Asian Academy is a joint initiative between the WPBSA and the Asian Confederation of Billiard Sports, supported by the Sports Authority of Thailand. Mr Kanokphand Chulakasem - Governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand - attended the official opening. The Academy will help develop snooker in over 28 Asian countries.
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: "We're delighted to open this fantastic new facility in Thailand, and we look forward to the growth of this programme, which will lead to more Academies committed to coaching and the development of our sport.
"The grass roots of snooker is vital to the future of the professional game so we must make sure there is the talent coming through in years to come. The planned network of Academies, alongside our coaching programme, will help us to achieve this goal."