The Republic of Ireland Billiards & Snooker Association launched the RIBSA Junior Elite Squad at the start of the season for Ross Bulman from Youghal, Aaron Hill from Cork, Noel Gleeson from Nenagh, Ryan McGuirk from Meath and Patrick Daly from Killarney to receive a RIBSA snooker scholarship to play in all RIBSA events free of charge for the 2017-2018 season.
Part of the scholarship was a free 4hr session for all the five players with our RIBSA National Coach PJ Nolan in the Ivy Rooms Snooker Club in Carlow and today 13 year Ryan McGuirk availed of his session with PJ.
Ryan has played fantastic all season in events from U-14 level to the senior level and his game is developing each week. Ryan is ranked No.1 in the RIBSA U-14 and RIBSA U-16 Ranking at present.
PJ worked with Ryan on three important areas of his game, Technique, Mental and Scoring. Ryan performed excellent in all three areas of the program and his attitude to learn was very good. He is very focused on his goals for the season with the Nationals, Celtic Challenge and Home Internationals as his main aims.
Part of the session today was to help improve the mental side of the game plus advice on Fitness, Nutrition and Relaxation on how to peak for events. Ryan received a new Elite Squad Training plan and this booklet contains all his routines with a diary to fill in after each training session.
RIBSA hope the players in the RIBSA Elite Squad will get the confidence to improve and reach the next level within their games and Ryan thanked PJ and RIBSA for the session today.