Congratulations Nev


Improve your Snookers Nev Graham has reached the last 16 of the English Amateur Snooker Championship. Nev (17) has been a student of mine for a number of years, and I am delighted that all his hard work is paying dividends. This could lead to a well deserved England internation cap. 


Well done Nev!


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Improve Your Snooker Academy Student Darion Cockrill in the News

Below is an article published by the Dyke House Sports and Technology College.

Dazzling Darion on cue for success

DARION COCKRILL has pocketed a place in the latter stages of the English Under-14s Championship with an unbeaten display in Leeds.

The Dyke House Sports & Technology College student won all four of his group games at the qualifier at the Northern Snooker Centre to secure a spot in the last-16 in April.

Darion CockrillThe Championship is effectively England trials and Cockrill, a scholar on Dyke House’s Elite Development Squad programme, delivered on the big stage to highlight the progress he has made over the last couple of years.

The 13-year-old, pictured, said: “I was really pleased with how things went, I just stuck to what I have learned all the way through and it feels good.

“If I can go back to Leeds on April 12 and win two games I am pretty sure to be in the England squad. That is my goal.

“If I can go there and win four games then I will be the English Under-14s champion. That sounds good and that’s what I’m aiming for.”

In his four qualifying group games, Cockrill won two of them by three frames without reply and the other 2-1.

He also narrowly missed out on a place in the last-16 of the Under-16s Championship when he lost one and won two of his group matches the following day.

The teenager said: “It was good experience though and I almost went through had I had a better frame average.”

Cockrill, a former pupil at Hartlepool’s Jesmond Gardens Primary, first started to play snooker when his nana, Pauline, took him for a game when he was eight.

The talented cue-man goes up to Glasgow four times a year for coaching with Jim Donnelly. The former world 29 has a renowned Junior Academy and boasts top pros John Higgins and Alan McManus among those he has worked with.

“Jim has been giving me advice and lessons in break building to get my cue action going,” said Cockrill.

“What I have been trying to do is use what he has been telling me in games. It has worked for me because in the last two years my highest break has gone from 35 up to 60. At line up my highest break was 40 and now it’s 100.”

Cockrill also plays football – ‘for something else to do’ – but snooker has become his real passion. When he was nine he became the youngest player to clinch promotion to the Hartlepool Premier League.

He said: “I just love playing snooker and I would love one day to be a professional – in the world’s top ten would be nice.”


The original article can be seen on the Dyke House Sports and Technology College.


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Rhys Clarke v Ronnie O'Sullivan

Improve Your Snooker Junior Academy's Rhys Clark, 19 year old from Stonehouse, has been drawn against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the first round of the UK Snooker Championship in the Barbican Theatre, York. The match will be televised on Saturday 30th November.

Our best wishes go with Rhys.

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Upcoming Player, Paul Ingram

Paul Ingram

Paul is a late starter to top class competitive snooker but is the best natural potter of a ball I have seen in a long time. I have been working with Paul for the last 3 months focusing on cue ball control, break building and tactical play and we are seeing a big improvement in his game. Paul intends playing in the P.T.C. and Cue School events next year with a view to getting a place on the main tour. Combining his potting ability with what we are working on he has every chance of achieving his goal.

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