A SNOOKER coach from Worcestershire is set to take the next step in his career by putting players through their paces at the World Championships.

Kev Ellis will be the resident coach on the opening weekend of the 17-day event, which starts next month at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.

The 36-year-old will be working in the tournament’s CueZone, situated next to the venue, on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.

Ellis will run competitions for prospective players and be on hand to teach them the basics.

His involvement comes on the first anniversary of the Bromsgrove window cleaner qualifying as a World Snooker coach.

Ellis, who plays in the Kidderminster Monday League, was one of 50 to earn recognition last year after spending two days in Sheffield being schooled by legends of the game Steve Davis and Terry Griffiths.

As the only Worcestershire-based coach, he is also looking to develop the game across the county. Ellis said: “My aim is to do it full-time because I want to grow the game in Worcestershire and get kids involved. People think it’s an old man’s game but it’s not.”

For more details about coaching sessions, contact him on 01527-758894 or 07527-526973.