Music teacher right on cue to be top coach

Steve Davis and Matt Haworth
Steve Davis and Matt Haworth

High school teacher Matt Haworth has successfully achieved the top coaching qualification in the world of snooker.

Matt took part in the intensive two-day course and demonstrated his skills in helping snooker players to improve their technique with a cue and help their games.

Matt, a music teacher at St Augustine’s RC High School, Billington, has always been a fan of cue sports and the technical side of the game.

He said: “I truly believe that in order to play snooker well then it is important to develop a sound technique and be open to working on the technical aspects of the game.”

The course was run by World Snooker’s governing body, the WPBSA, and was led by head coach, Chris Lovell alongside 1979 World Champion, Terry Griffiths and six-time World Champion Steve Davis.

Whalley’s Chris Lovell said: “Matt was a model pupil, he contributed to all discussions and exercises over the two days with passion and enthusiasm; exactly what’s needed to be a successful snooker coach.”

Steve Davis was particularly impressed with Matt’s determination to develop his skills further to support snooker within St Augustine’s and the wider community within the Ribble Valley.

Matt works mainly with the young people at St Augustine’s in lunch time snooker clubs where the school have used snooker as an innovative way to help pupils with their maths as part of World Snooker’s “Cuezone into Schools” project. He is also looking forward to coaching in the Cuezone at the televised World Snooker events and working with players in the Ribble Valley.

Matt said: “Snooker is a fantastic sport which has seen a sad demise since the 1970s and 80s. The WPBSA are working hard on growing the game and I am very proud to be part of the World Snooker Coaching team and helping that to happen in the Ribble Valley”.

Anyone who would like to contact Matt can e-mail him on ribblevalleysnookercoach@gmail.com

Six time world snooker champion Steve Davis and Matt Haworth. (s)