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The WPBSA has opened a coaching academy in China for the first time, to assist the rapid growth of snooker in the People’s Republic.

Pic: Tai Chengzhe

The academy in Beijing is a joint venture between the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association, the WPBSA and training technology partner Rigour.

It is equipped with professional-standard Star tables and the latest in training technology. And it will provide a practice facility for World Snookers tour players when they are in China for tournaments. It will also be a base for the China National billiard sports team.

The new academy was opened on Sunday March 24th, on the eve of the 2013 Bank of Beijing China Open. Snooker legend Steve Davis and head of coaching Chris Lovell trained 29 coaches, to establish China’s first official coaching team.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “Snooker is booming all over the world and we are proud to announce this new initiative along with the CBSA and Rigour to manage this growth in China.

“We are sure this facility will play its part in finding new talented players to follow in the footsteps of Ding Junhui. By coaching the coaches and passing on the expertise of the likes of Steve Davis and Chris Lovell, we will help the sport of snooker to develop at grassroots level.”

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