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.


About Jim Donnelly

Jim turned professional in 1982. In his first season as a snooker professional he reached the world championship finals in Sheffield and quickly moved up the world rankings to reach a career of high 29 in the world beating a number of world top ranking players including:

Steve Davis (England Centenery Match)
Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins
Dennis Taylor
David Taylor ‘The Silver Fox’
Patsy Fagan
Steven Hendry (Pro-am)

to name a few…

Jim’s Snooker Career

Highest World Ranking – 29th
First Scottish professional to reach the final of The World Championships (at the Crucible)
Represented Scotland in several world team championships
Scottish Amateur Champion
Scottish Amateur Internationalist

Jim pictured here with good friends Lahk Sharma, the owner of the first luxury snooker centre to open in Scotland and, World Ranked number 2 (2009/10), Stephen Maguire.

Jim has also been a professional fitness instructor for the last 18 years which he worked in-between snooker coaching. Due to more relaxed business commitments, Jim is now availible for coaching sessions world-wide. Contact Jim to enquire about snooker coaching and what he can offer you.

World ranked professional and practice partner Marcus Campbell.

“I’ve played with Jim for a number of years. He is an excellent player and was responsible for a lot of world ranked players from Scotland making in the professional game.”, Marcus Campbell

Stars of The Future

Saif Akram

Saif had never played snooker till his dad brought him to the Improve Your Snooker Academy a year ago. He has made great progress and is a natural player.

His top break in practice is 42 and as he is only 11 years old this is an excellent break. He will be entering the junior events this year and we have high hopes for his success.

Andrew Mackie

11 year old Andrew has played in the junior tournaments of the season just finished and finished number 5 on the ranking list.

Whilst on holiday he won the Open Snooker Tournament held by the hotel he was staying in. He has a high break of 38 in practice and will be a force to be reckoned with in the junior tournament for the coming season.

Captain Sam Again!

Improve your Snooker Academy member Sam McKay will once again captain the under 16’s side at this year’s Home International event at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds. This is the second time in succession Sam has had this honour and will lead the team out against England, Wales and Republic of Ireland.

Sam, who recently just turned 14, is the Scottish national champion at both under 14 and under 16 levels and is also ranked number 1 at both levels in just his second full season of competition.

Jim would like to wish Sam all the best and is looking forward to some exciting matches over the next few days, keep up all the hard work Sam!

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