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Why Choose A Professional Snooker Coach?

Jamie Burnett
Alan McManus

Why choose a professional snooker coach?

Jim is considered one of the top coaches in snooker as his list of past successes, including world ranked stars, demonstrate what he is capable of. His list of successful players, both amateur and professional, continues to grow as can be seen in both the News section and Testimonial section of the website. Jim also has a very successful Junior Academy with champions and International players in every age group.

Another reason to choose Jim is, as a player at the top professional level he was able to reach 29th in the World Rankings and was the first Scottish player to play at the Crucible, winning matches against many of the top professional players.

Having 30 years experience as a player and a coach, Jim can spot the smallest of things in players, that other coaches can’t, and by correcting these little faults he can help you make the difference between winning and losing.

That is why you should choose Jim Donnelly as your professional coach.

Champion Sam’s Season

Improve Your Snooker Academy member Sam McKay has just finished his second season of competition, and what a season it was!

Sam, who only recently turned 14, competed in the Scottish junior tours at under 14, under 16 and under 21 level and equipped himself in excellent style, becoming the Scottish National Champion and no.1 ranked player at both Under 14 and Under 16 level.

Sam also made his maiden debut on the main tour and reached the last 32 of the National Championship where he gave a good account of himself and should consider himself unlucky not to progress further.

Add this to the fact Sam after his first season of competition where he both captained and represented Scotland at the home internationals will, once again captain the team this year for which he can be justifiably proud of his achievements.

Sam has certainly reaped the rewards for his hard work and dedication this season and Jim has been delighted with his progress.

Sam’s dad Donald is also delighted with his progress and said, “Sam and Jim have worked hard together this year to improve Sam’s all round game and it certainly is starting to show through. It was always going to be hard to top last season but thanks to Jim and his encouragement and guidance of Sam, he really kicked on this year and made great leaps forward. Sam and Jim have a real connection in their love and enthusiasm for the game and it’s great to see how much Sam is learning from Jim every lesson they have together.”

Below is a summary of Sam’s achievements and already Jim and Sam have started work on next season which will start with the Home Internationals in Leeds this August where Sam will once again don his Scotland waistcoat and lead his team forward.

Congratulations Sam on an excellent 2nd season, you can be proud of everything you have achieved so far in such a short space of time!

Summary of Achievements

Represented and Captained Scotland at the Home Internationals

Under 14’s – 4 competitions, Ranked No. 1

Cumbernauld Open – Finalist
Glasgow Open – Quarter Finals
Dumfries Open – Finalist
Scottish National Championship – Winner

Under 16’s – 5 competitions, Ranked No. 1

Glasgow Open – Semi Finalist
Dumfries Open – Winner
Cumbernauld Open – Last 16
Ayr Open – Winner
Scottish National Championship – Winner

Under 21’s – 4 competitions, Ranked 7th (official rankings not yet released)

Glasgow Open – Semi Finalist
Cumbernauld Open – Quarter Finalist
Falkirk Open – Quarter Finalist
Scottish National Championship – Last 16

Main Tour
Qualified for last 32 of Scottish Championship

Red Triangle Low Handicap Champion
Red Triangle Junior Club Champion
Red Triangle McGlashan Cup Group B Winner

Captain Sam

Last week improve your snooker academy member Sam McKay, 13, had the honour of not only playing for his country but also being made captain of the Scotland under 16’s team for the home internationals in the northern snooker centre in Leeds.

Sam led his equally young team to an excellent 8-4 victory over Belgium and performed admirably in defeats to England, Wales and Ireland.

Jim is delighted with the progress Sam has made in the last year and is looking forward to the new season and the next chapter in Sam’s journey.

Keep watching for more updates as the season progresses!