Nic Barrow's The Snooker Gym ... "We Train Frustrated Amateurs, To Beat Their Highest Break"

Founder Nic Barrow's Story:

What makes me qualified to trust me with your game?

My greatest passion is helping club players and enthusiasts crack the secrets of the game. I have been in where you are in the game, and do what I do to help you lose your frustration… and get the enjoyment you seek.

My goal in the snooker world is to offer the best customer service, in lesson experience, and improvement per £ spent...

I have ticked off the following niches in coaching to a recognised world class standard, but the first category on this list is my established favourite. 

  • Club players & enthusiasts
  • Juniors – both beginner and competitive
  • National teams – including living abroad as an ex-patriate resident head coach
  • Foreign travel for coaching – 55 countries in total as at Feb 2020
  • Aspiring amateurs
  • Professionals – from lowest to highest ranked
  • Coaching coaches
1986 (age 16) Made my first 100 break
1989 Beat Ronnie O’Sullivan in competition (although he was only 15!)
1991 (age 21)

Made first 147 break

Beat world number 7 Ken Doherty in competition

1992 (age 22) Turned pro and competed on the pro tour for six years in the world’s top 200 players
1998 (age 28) UAE National Coach, based in Dubai for 7 years
2005 (age 35)

International Billiards & Snooker Federation Head Coach for 10 years –
certifying 150 coaches


Coached Ronnie O’Sullivan

2010 (age 40)

Examiner for World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association coaches
for 5 years

World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association Coaching Programme


Examiner for English Association for Snooker & Billiards coaches for 6 years


Coached Ding Junhui during his 5 ranking tournament winning season –
helping him get from world number 10 to number 1 in six weeks


Won the APCTC Specialist Coach Of The Year Award - a prestigious trophy
open to coaches of all disciplines (not only snooker) in the UK

 photo nic-wining-award

2015 World’s first head cam 100 break. Watch the video HERE
2016 (age 46) First YouTube snooker coaching channel with 10,000 subscribers
2017 Customers in 100 countries, with snooker's most diverse product and service portfolio
2018 Travelled to my 50th country
If you want to join Nic's free Bronze Membership, register HERE
If you want to learn more about training with Nic on your table or at his base in Milton Keynes, please click HERE