This week, 27-29 Dec, CEB organised a 3-cushion training camp for youth in Tilburg, the Netherlands, together with the Dutch federation. CEB’s partnership with Longoni Cues to develop the youth billiard made it possible to offer the players the camp for free (housing, meals, training and other activities).
6 players were selected by their federations, based on the latest EC U21 3-cushion ranking: Gonçalo Santos (POR), Toon Bollansee (BEL), Luca Philipoom (NED), Joris Van ’T Zelfden (NED), Tangui Duriez (FRA) and Amir Ibraimov (GER). For two days the players were coached by Jean Paul De Bruijn and Huub Wilkowski, the latter replacing Christ van der Smissen due to illness. Outside the billiard room there was also time for other activities together, such as go-carts. These camps are a good way to strengthen the friendship between the players while at the same time sharpen the skills they will need in the youth tournaments, where competition is fierce. Many of the youth players also compete on the regular circuit, another way to hone their skills and get valuable experience.
CEB would like to thank Longoni Cues for their continued support for youth billiard, the Dutch federation for their help with hosting the camp and the trainers, Jean Paul De Bruijn and Huub Wilkowski, for their time and effort. Thank you also to the players, for your enthusiasm and passion for the game!
Next stop in the CEB-Longoni Next Generation Grand Prix tour will be organised 16-18 February in Desio, Italy. Last day for inscription is 12 January, and you will find all necessary info on the dedicated info page on CEB’s website.