The Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association have commenced their first Horizon Snooker Scholarship for young girls here in Ireland.

This Scholarship will encompass all areas of the sport, from Dress and Deportment to skills on the table with purposeful practice routines for these young girls to reach their goals in a progressive way, with assessments at intervals along the way.  Technique will be developed along with a number of Psychology seminars and Psychology practice routines that were developed by World Snooker Coach and Sports Psychologist, Dan Carroll.

The RILSA Academy at Sharkx Newbridge will be the host venue for our students where they will receive free practice each week with free professional coaching at intervals.  All students will receive updates and practice routines every few weeks during the year-long Scholarship, where they will have to reach set goals along the way in order to proceed to the next goal and so on.

We had 22 young ladies interested in the Scholarship with 12 applying for the course.  It was a difficult task to reach a final 4 and we know that we made the correct choices in the end, however all those who applied for the Scholarship are encouraged and supported by RILSA and will be looking good for the next Scholarship in 2020 where we will be looking to increase the numbers then.

Everyone who applied will receive support with free coaching during the 2019-2020 RILSA season.

The following girls were selected

Roisin Beale from Newbridge Kildare

Jennifer Earle from Dublin

Megan Randle from Kilkenny

Rachael Bradley from Newbridge Kildare

Roisin has been on the RILSA Tour for the past few years playing both Snooker & Billiards.  She was R/Up in the RILSA National Primary School Championship two years ago and made it to number 16 on the National Rankings this season.  Her good form in a number of Intermediate National Billiards Rankings, saw her take 3 Silver Medals to date.

Jennifer is only playing snooker just over a year and is very much improved in the last season finishing 11th on the RILSA Tour Ranking.  We will certainly see Jennifer excel during the coming season as she is improving all the time having brought a number of our top players close in matches, so its only a matter of time when she will overtake them.

Rachel finished number 10 on the Tour this season and after a good season with RILSA took the National Special Needs Championship title for the 3rd time.  Always a difficult player to play as she can pot well and gives it her all.  Her recent run to the semis of the Maureen Butler Cup proved that she is one to watch for the future.

Megan finished number 14th on the Tour this season and we see much improvement in this young lady.  She is the current RILSA National Intermediate Champion and will be out to retain the title in June.  Megan also won an Intermediate National Ranking and reached the semis of another two events over the last two seasons, so it speaks for itself when you see these young players making progress in their chosen sport that RILSA is very much in support and encouragement of young girls into cue sports.  Megan along with her mam Suzanne and sisters Carrie and Danielle all play Pool and are very much involved with RILSA.

We look forward to see these girls progress on this Scholarship and we wish them every success and an enjoyable future in female cue sports in Ireland.

The parents of these young ladies are to be commended for the support and encouragement the give, as this is so important if we are to see young girls continue in sport because there is big drop out of young girls in all sports here in Ireland and we need to continue to encourage and support them along the way.

A special word of thanks to Bernie & Paul of Sharkx Newbridge for their support in giving free table time to these young girls.  We in RILSA along with the girls and their parents are delighted with the sponsorship and support of the club and really appreciate it.