Things have been busy this year so far for Del Smith, the proprietor of SnookerStuff.com.
After appearing as Head Coach for the World Snooker Cue Zone at the Wembley Masters Snooker Championships (for the second year in a row), Del has just been to Sheffield where he qualified through the preliminary stages of the World Championship with some good solid break-building snooker!
Del Smith First Beat the Former World Number 2 Tony Knowles 5-4 with breaks of 67,91,89 then went on with some good wins but unfortunately he didn't qualify for the televised stage of the 2011 World Snooker Championships having gone out to Former Quarter finalist Patrick Wallace after a hard fight in Round 4, held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
Del Smith has been asked by World Snooker to Be Head Coach in Cue Zone at this year's World Snooker Championships held at the Crucible theatre Sheffield 2011.( Why not meet Del at this years World Championships on the 19th and 20th April 2011).
Del has also started up a new mixed age Coaching School in Romford, Essex every Thursday at 4:30pm till 6:30pm - contact him for details.
Del is also a professional 9 ball pool player on the UPA Tour USA and in June 2009 played the World Summit of 9 ball pool event in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was 9-2 down but came back to win 13-12 with a stunning break to clear up. Del got to the last 16 players and has now gained a UPA world ranking of 55 at Pro 9 ball.
Del also had a good tournament on the Costa Del Sol (Spain) where he won through to the last 16 stages of the Euro Tour 10 Ball Open, winning many great matches.
Del has some new tournaments in mind and is in practice for these now.
Also why not take a look at Del's new Elvis Presley tribute act website - just the thing if you need a singer or entertainment for your party.
Snooker Coaching and Tuition
Del Smith has been a professional snooker player for the past 17 years and is one of a select number of WPBSA qualified snooker coaches.
Del was examined and passed in 1998 by Ray Reardon MBE (six-times world champion).
He enjoys coaching and helping people of any age or level, from beginners right up to other professional players.
In the past five years he has been head coach at many televised ranking tournaments for World Snookers Cue Zone areas.
Del runs junior coaching clubs at the following locations:
The Romford Snooker Centre, 1 Arcade Place, Romford, Essex, RM1 1RS (tel: 01708 743 168, where is it?)
Del runs the Junior Academy After School Club at the The Romford Snooker Centre every Thursday evening from 4:30pm until 6:30pm
To get information about the Junior Academies or to book a one to one coaching session with snooker coach Del Smith, call him today on 07946 801 278.
Del started playing snooker aged 12 years old in Ilford, Essex in 1986, and from that very first night of playing he wanted to be a professional player like his idols on television.
With the help and guidance of his father, Del would practise every day at the Ilford Snooker Centre where he would practise and play with many of the other youngsters who subsequently went on to become some of todays best players, for example Ronnie O'Sullivan, Peter Ebdon, Mark King, Ken Doherty and Joe Swail together with many other great players.
Del would spend most of his time in solo practice routines that he and his father devised, some of which are now widely used by other players and coaches.
At weekends Del would travel around the country to play in pro-am competitions, etc.
Just before the end of his first year playing snooker, Del made his first centry break in practice of 101.
In 1991 he turned professional at the age of 16 and he made his first maximum 147 break while playing his father at Romford Snooker Club this feat being witnessed by a very proud club manager together with the other players at the club.
At the time, Del was one of the youngest ever players to make a 147 break.
Del has coached at the following tournaments and exhibitions in World Snookers Cue Zone areas.
- 1999 British Open event Plymouth Pavillion (BBC1)
- 1999 Champions Cup Croydon, London (ITV)
- 2000 Champions Cup Brighton (ITV)
- 2001 Snooker By The Sea exhibition with guest Jimmy White, Brighton
- 2001 Champions Cup Brighton (ITV)
- 2002 UK Championships York (ITV)
In August 2008 Del did some filming work on The Bill and was seen as a pub punter at the bar!
Del was lucky enough to be asked to be the snooker/pool technical adviser for the Eastenders television show on BBC1. Del also played some of the harder shots when a role involving any snooker or pool games occurred.
In 2006 Del was asked to play snooker trick shots for BBC1 This Week television programe - This Week is a late night politics programe on which Del's shots were used to underline the day's topics.
In 2005 Del was asked to appear on the Car Booty programme, appearing as a snooker expert and giving his thoughts on a very old slate bed 6ft snooker table from the 1940s.
After some extensive research Del found out all about the table's background. He made the lady owner an offer she couldn't refuse and bought the old table which he subsequently sold on SnookerStuff.com.
In 2004 Del made a trip to Wimbledon to meet the great tennis legend Roger Federer and was asked to perform snooker trick shots with Federer to body double for Question of sports ( Who IS IT ) game...! Del did some great shots and spent some time talking and showing Roger a few shots - it was really nice meeting such a legend.
In 2002 Del was selected to be snooker technical advisor for James Nesbit's new series called 'Murphy's Law'.
Del coached the actors Adrian Dunbar and Jonjo O'Neil and also landed a part as Eric Law in the show playing snooker.
In 2000 Del was asked to act in a television advertisement for Prodent toothpaste in Amsterdam, Holland and appeared as a snooker player who sent a ball flying in to the crowd. The advert was a very big success and was used for two years.