Anthony Reaches the Quarter Finals



Former Improve Your Snooker star Anthony McGill has shown his class by making it through to the Quarter Finals of this years UK championship snooker tournament. Anthony who was the most successful Scottish junior ever during his time with Jim, is now fulfilling his potential in the professional game.

Anthony, 23, was playing Ronnie O'Sullivan in only his second quarter final in a ranking tournament, after beating four-time champion and another former Improve Your Snooker student John Higgins 6-5 in the last 16 on Wednesday. 

But O'Sullivan, who made a top break of 125, was impressed by his Scottish opponent and tipped him to have a big future in the sport.

"I made some really good clearances, but I couldn't shake him off," O'Sullivan stated. "I have nothing left after that game and I had to draw on every bit of my experience to win it.

"Anthony is a bit like Mark Selby where he has got such a good all-round game. I hope he goes on to play snooker for many years to come because snooker is lucky to have him."

Congratulations Anthony

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Missing Professional Competitions

I recently recieved an email from Nick in Manchester asking if I missed playing in the pro tournaments?

The answer is not suprisingly yes. Playing in professional tournaments was an amazing time in my life and the buzz I got playing at the top level in the sport I love was just fantastic, something you simply cant buy. I will never forget how I felt walking into the Crucible arena to play the great Ray Reardon in the World Championships, that was just incredible, especially when the Hurricane is playing on the next table. I have played some great players in my career including 6 world champions and now my passion for the game is transferred into coaching. Helping a new generation of players inspires me to improve their game and hopefully achieve the success of many of my previous students .

So to Nick and all the players out there who dream of reaching that height, practice hard, be dedicated and competitive and you might achieve your dream too.

Good luck


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Garry Wins Top Innovation Award

An Improve Your Snooker student has recently scooped a prestigious award by winning this years Scottish Institute of Enterprises - Young Innovator Challenge. Garry who is currently a third year Accountancy and Business Law student at Herriott Watt University, has taken time out from snooker to pursue his academic endeavours, and been rewarded with the top honour.

Having a drive to make a real difference to people's lives, Garry's Butterfly Garden idea looks to provide a safe, stimulating outdoor environment for people who have a diagnosis of dementia within acute hospital and care home settings. 

Along with the title, Garry received a cash prize to take his idea forward and has already been approached by several businesses who are interested in making his dream a reality. 

Congratulations Garry, keep up the good work.


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Darion Bows Out With A Win

Fourteen year old Improve Your Snooker student Darion Cockrill retires from competitive billiard playing after a final win at the recent under 18 billiard tournament. The recent Teeside tournament will be Darions final billiard match as he has decided to give his full concentration to playing snooker. Well done on the billiard success Darion.


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