The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association launched their first official two year scholarship for 16 young girls at their new academy at Sharkx Newbridge recently.

16 young girls have signed up to this through the Search for a Star initiative within our member schools in Ballinabranna Carlow, Hacketstown Carlow, Newbridge Educate Together Kildare, St Laserians Carlow, St Marks Newbridge Kildare, Naas Community School Kildare, Darndale Dublin and Ballyhaunis Mayo.

All of these girls will receive free coaching over the two year period from World Snooker Coach Dan Carroll along with some free snooker practice time within a number of clubs.  The Schools will also support these girls with table time during the week in School.

Special rates will be given at intervals throughout the two year scholarship to encourage practice and participation in the sport of snooker outside of school hours.

We in RILSA are delighted to announce this very important initiative as part of our 10 year plan in helping girls to develop their skills and technique during this period.  Every year we at RILSA will commence a new class of scholarship players so as to maintain continuity within our organisation and help full participation by our members in the sport of snooker.

During the day at the academy in Newbridge the girls were assessed and put through their paces with fun games by Dan and RILSA National Coach Annette Newman.

They all really enjoyed their day and are looking forward to getting stuck in to practice and we are there to help and support each of them through their scholarship and beyond.

Thanks to all our schools, the principals and teachers for all their support also to all the parents and mentors who will be with them every step of their journey.

Thanks to Paul and Bernie of Sharkx for their help and support and in believing in our endeavours.