peter gilchrist

'Without Nic Barrow's advice on nutrition, I would not have won the 2007 Asian Billiards Championship.
His advice helped me recover from feeling awful to fine within 24 hours, which gave me the energy to go all the way in the event.'

Peter Gilchrist, World Champion & World Number 1 Billiards Player

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'A couple of simple psychological tips from Nic made it much easier than it otherwise would have been to cross the 1,000 break barrier in Hamilton, New Zealand during my 1,346 break in 2007'

Peter Gilchrist, World Record Holder - English Billiards Competitive Break 1346.

ding junhui

Within six weeks of beginning his coaching relationship with Nic in 2013, Ding Junhui had won three consecutive ranking events and reached world number one on the money list for the first time.
"Nic's coaching and knowledge on psychology, technique and shot making helped my game and I learned a lot. Who knows - with all the help from this book you might become good enough to turn professional yourself one day..."

Ding Junhui.


Nic, alongside Steve Davis OBE, was a member of the World Snooker Coaching Team from 2010-2012, certifying coaches at levels 1, 2 and 3.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

"You won't find a better set of snooker information anywhere. I would defy ANYBODY'S game not to improve if you stick to Nic's methods - and this will stay with you for life. I know this because Nic and I see the game the same way, and both have an appreciation for the finer points of the game."

Ronnie O'Sullivan, Five Time World Snooker Champion


Attended Nic's intensive level 3 Master Coach Programme before launching his own successful coaching career.
"Even although I was a professional snooker player myself I learned great ways and techniques in explaining and demonstrating certain aspects of the game.Nic is a great guy and also knows everything about the game of snooker. You can see that he has studied the game for years and years to get to where he is now in the coaching world."

Chris Small, 2003 LG Cup Champion

Alfie Burden

"Nic Barrow has more clues than Sherlock Holmes.I would not have won the 2009 IBSF World Amateur Championships without Nic Barrow being here with me during the event. He has a massive knowledge of the game, a great ability to spot a players faults, and the keys to solve them. I also found him to be a calming influence who always says the right thing at the right time."

Alfie Burden, 2009 IBSF World Champion

Hossein Vofei

"The safety practice routines Nic Barrow helped me with were a major factor in winning my IBSF World Amateur title in 2012.
Nic's knowledge and experience in dealing with pressure was also vital in being able to win the final of my world title 10-9 on the black"

Hossein Vofei, Youngest ever IBSF World Men's Amateur Champion (relieving Jimmy White of the record he set at the age of 18).

Kamran Shahla

"The IBSF Master Coach training was invaluable in helping me guide Hossein Vofei through the toughest pressure points and emergency situations in his IBSF World Amateur title win in India in 2011. Without these player management skills we would not have come away with the World title."

Kamran Shahla, Head Coach & Manager - Iranian National Team.


"Nic Barrow's knowledge on psychology and holding concentration helped me through my IBSF World Amateur final in Egypt, 2002."

Steve Mifsud, Australia - IBSF World Amateur Champion 2002

Igor Figueiredo

"Nic Barrow is a monster coach - because he is masterful in not just one skill but all... psychology, technique, strategy, practice, coaching toys, and how to talk to players. In 2 minutes, Nic spotted a mistake that was holding me back for a year... and my game immediately got back to its best."

Igor Figueiredo, Brazil's number one ranked player since 1995
IBSF World Amateur Finalist 2009

keith e boon

"Within one day of some pressure play ideas Nic gave me during the 2006 IBSF World Amateur Championships, I made the only 147 break during the event - which was also my first maximum.These ideas helped me cross the finishing line of the 147 successfully - I could not have done it without you, Nic!"

Keith E Boon, Singapore

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Some professional client names remain confidential...

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Nic was based in Dubai as head coach of the UAE team from 1999-2006, winning 11 international tournaments in the process.

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During 2013, Nic was Head Coach to the Myanmar Cue Sports teams, who won 11 medals in the South East Asian Games that year.

Khalid Ali Kamali

"Nic Barrow started coaching me when I started playing snooker. All the lessons he taught me over the years on simple basics helped me to recently win the Gulf Junior Championships three times in a row, as well as the Arabian under 21 Championships."

Khalid Ali Kamali - Dubai, UAE.

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Nic Barrow's The Snooker Gym Coach Certifications are approved by the:
International Billiards & Snooker Federation,
English Association for Billiards & Snooker

'Nic, your snooker coaching DVDs are the best money I have ever spent on snooker. And I'm now just amazed at the cue power I am getting after watching them.'

David Rhodes, West Yorkshire - England.

'Your snooker software video analysis is the best instruction I have ever received'.

Warren Bennett, Birmingham - England.

'The forum (in the Bronze Membership) and every part of The Snooker Gym is already the best in the entire world! So we need to aim higher to THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE!'

Chris, Plymouth.

'Out of all the business and management courses I have attended, your IBSF Master seminar is the best I have ever attended.'

Michael Kreuziger - Austrian Head Snooker Coach.

'The IBSF Master Course is simply perfect.'

Mohamed Ali - Head Snooker Coach, Bahrain

'I've got Joe Davis' book and Eddie Charlton's book, but I've gone 100% over to using your books, Nic. You've saved me years and years of back pedalling with your very simple teachings.'

Alan Buckingham, Geelong, Australia.

IBSF Certification At Snooker Academy - The Snooker Gym

Click here to find details of the IBSF / English Association for Billiards & Snooker coach certification course being run on March 23/24 2012.

Become an IBSF Certified
Coach, Master Coach & Examiner...
Qualifications formally approved by the WPBSA.

The IBSF (International Billiards & Snooker Federation)
is the sole world governing body for amateur snooker,
and is affiliated to the International Olympic Committee.

  • The IBSF has 83 recognised National Governing Bodies affiliated to it.
  • Their showcase annual events are the IBSF World, Under 21, Team, Masters, Ladies, 6 Red Snooker, and English Billiards Championships.

The WPBSA (World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association) is the sole world governing body for professional snooker.

  • The WPBSA runs the 96 player professional Main Tour.
  • Their showcase is the World Professional Snooker Championships, held every year at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

The Snooker Gym Ltd is the sole training provider worldwide to offer formal approval from the IBSF and WPBSA, providing you a completely robust qualification path that can be presented with pride in any country in which you live or choose to coach others.

Our network of Coach & Master Coach Examiners means that you will be able to easily find a coaching school in your region who can take you through the necessary certification trainings.

The added incentive of the possibility to be invited to join the exclusive group of IBSF Coach Examiners offers a great ultimate reward for those who wish to coach at the highest level.

Coach Training - Tehran, Iran

Coach Training - Tehran, Iran

Master Coach Training - Auckland, New Zealand

Master Coach Training - Auckland, New Zealand

Examiner Training - England, UK

Examiner Training - England, UK

Examiner Training - England, UK

Examiner Training - England, UK

The Role Of Coaching In Snooker…

The Skills Required For…



Developing Your Role, & Learning Your Skills:

IBSF Accredited Teacher: 2 Days.

Suitable for:

Community leaders, school teachers, interested parents, snooker club staff & managers who are not deeply familiar with the game but would like to help junior and senior players improve.

Pre course study includes:

  • ‘How To Make A 100 Break’ Red To Black Player Certification system.
  • Written exam, course manual.

Course covers:

  • A thorough overview and comprehension test for all the main snooker knowledge and skills required for players to go from zero to 100 break standard.
  • Ability to help players improve much more quickly than before.
  • Remove uncertainty that you are not giving correct information to a player.

Cost: £695

IBSF Accredited Coach: 2 Days.

Suitable for:

IBSF Teachers and players, referees, tournament organisers with some experience of the game who would like to formalize their knowledge into a meaningful qualification, enabling them to earn money from their new snooker coaching business.

Pre course study includes:

‘How To Make A 100 Break’ Red To Black Player Certification system.
The Snooker Gym DVD Series - 10 DVDs and two manuals.
Written exam, course manual.

Course covers:

  • In depth knowledge of the Technique, Psychology and Strategy of snooker.
  • Use the IBSF ‘How To Make A 100 Break’ certificate system for juniors & adults.
  • Diagnose simply & exactly what a player needs to solve problems & improve.
  • Help players improve their game with no negative side effects.
  • How to help ANY player you work with get happy with their cue tip.
  • The ‘new coach starter kit’ to set up junior schools at a national or international level.
  • The difference between the three main styles of coaching, and when to use each one.
  • The differences in coaching the four main categories of player.
  • The four vital elements of any coaching session, and what order to place them in.
  • The five checks you must make in your first session with a client that will save hours.
  • The Snooker Gym ‘Perfect Lesson Process Map’ - will give you bullet proof confidence.
  • A formal signed certificate and ‘Code Of Ethics’ document from your IBSF Examiner that you can proudly display anywhere, whether that be home, club or web site.

Cost: £895

IBSF Accredited Master Coach: 2 Days.

Suitable for:

IBSF Coaches who want to progress their knowledge of the game, coaching skills, ability to work with higher standard players including top professionals, techniques to expand their own coaching business, and status in the game.

Pre course study includes:

The Snooker Gym Training Guide Series - comprising 9 books.
Master Coach video content captured at a previous training.
Written exam, course manual.

Course covers:

  • In depth application of Coaching Principles, Knowing Your Player and running a successful coaching business.
  • Total knowledge of the Technique, Psychology and Strategy of snooker.
  • Use Dartfish Video Analysis -

The Snooker Gym Ltd were the first to use video analysis in snooker coaching.

  • Knowing what not to say or work on with players at tournaments.
  • Advanced coaching techniques.
  • The psychology of playing
  • How to coach professional players.
  • Running a successful coaching business.
  • How to solve ‘impossible’ snooker problems (they are usually very easy to deal with!)
  • The basic structure of ‘Flow’ (or of being in ‘The Zone/ peak concentration’) in snooker.
  • Turbo powered learning methods for technique & cue action that have been tested on thousands of players (for this, you will need to practice hiding your amazement from players at the speed of improvement they will sometimes show you).
  • Three counter-intuitive coaching methods for ultra fast results.
  • Learn the hidden positive intention behind most snooker player problems - and how to effortlessly deal with these to the player’s advantage.
  • How to dismantle irrational arguments and belief loops in your player - without them even know you have done it!
  • Powerful rapport building techniques using your body and words which give your player the trust for you to take them where they need to go in their game. Without these, players will often strongly resist what you tell them - even if it is ‘good for them’.
  • When NOT to take on clients.

Cost: £1295

Price for all three courses individually:
£695 + £895 + £1295 = £2885
Price for all three courses together:

IBSF Accredited Coach Examiner

Suitable for:

Only IBSF Master Coaches who want to train other coaches to the highest standard in their own country or across the world.

Course duration:

Attending an IBSF Master Coach training in the role of co-trainer, student and assistant to lead trainer.

Pre course study includes:

Review schedule of all previous study materials.

Course materials include:

Course manual. Examiner’s manual & notes.


This course is by invitation only, and offered to only the most experienced coaches.

Course prices include:

  • All purchase and shipping of pre course study materials, examination papers, course materials, certificates, stickers, any IBSF fees &
  • membership of the IBSF Coaching Academy.
  • These prices DO NOT include flight, accommodation, travel or meal costs.
  • A deposit is required to release the pre course study materials, which should be received between 4 and 8 weeks before your course date.
  • Course payment must be made in full one month before the course begins.

In course requirements:

  • Successfully complete all the exercises set by your examiner
  • Pass subjective observation test by examiner
  • Score 100% on the handwritten examination


  • Our intention is to stay with you until you fully understand and complete all exercises and examination questions correctly no matter how long it takes.
  • We accept you into the course because we believe you are capable of completing all the exercises, questions & tests after we read your application.
  • Our goal is a 100% pass rate with our students. However, sometimes a student will need extra support.
  • If you do not pass the exams or tests during the course, we will offer you at no extra charge a guided probation period with exercises and tasks to get you to the required level before issuing your certificate.
  • You must first obtain approval from your IBSF affiliated National Governing Body before attending these courses. 

Look at what some of our previous clients have said about the courses they have attended:

"Your software video analysis is the best instruction I have ever received."

Warren Bennett, Birmingham - England.

"Out of all the business and management courses I have taken, your IBSF Master Coach seminar is the best I have ever attended."

Michael Kreuziger, Vienna - Austria.

"Nic, your DVDs are the best money I have ever spent on snooker. And I'm now just amazed at the cue power I am getting after watching them."

David Rhodes, West Yorkshire - England.

"The IBSF Coach & Master Coach Seminars I attended were simply perfect and told me everything I needed to know about being a top flight coach. Thank you Nic and thankyou to the IBSF Coaching Academy."

Muhammad Ali, Bahrain Head Snooker Coach.

Your Next Step…

To find out which course is correct for you, and to receive an application form, click here to contact us

Nic Barrow's 1,000% Satisfaction Guarantee:
If you do not feel that the benefits to your game /
the time you saved from finding these answers yourself...

...from this product will be 10 times (1,000%) more than
the value of your money & time for buying & using it...
...then please return it for a full refund within 60 days.
Sincerely, Nic Barrow

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