I’ve learnt a lot from Neil in a very short space of time and his knowledge of the game is top class. I am a very natural player, so as well as giving me tips on refining aspects of my game, he has also encouraged me to trust my instincts even further in other areas. Alex Ursenbacher
Within 30 minutes of my initial evaluation Neil spotted 3 key areas I could improve on and also helped put to bed things that can have a player going around in circles trying to overcome. A top class modern coach of the highest order. Martin O’Donnell
The role of head coach for Elite Sports Management is an important one. But after spending a couple of weeks with Neil in and around Q School before the pandemic I knew we had the right person, and we are very proud to have such a world class coach here assisting our Professional stable of players. Curtis Braithwaite
“I came to Neil when I was ten and improved straight away and was constantly working towards the next target which got me to achieve; my first century when I was 12, 5 north west junior tournament wins, a European title European runner up and world runner up all at under 18 level. I lost in the last round of Q School at 17 and at 15 beat John Parrott’s youngest ever winner of the Merseyside Open and set a new world record for being the youngest player ever to make a 147 in a competitive tournament. I managed to make another max when I was 16. I keep getting told by players of all abilities including top pros how good my technique is which is due to working with Neil. From when I started, we have worked together to get my game to a very high level at the age of 17 largely due to world class coaching and individual targets to suit any player. In 2020 I was delighted to get my Professional tour card. In my opinion the best coach I’ve ever seen and a lot of results are there to back it up .” Sean Maddocks
“On first meeting Neil around a year and a half ago I quickly realised his passion for coaching and developing players at all levels.
Neil has a fantastic, modern way of explaining information around the technical side of snooker and adapting his skills where necessary to break down the barriers to learning.
This has become even more apparent when working with those coached by him who all speak very highly of his knowledge and coaching technique, with his genuine energy to helping those he works with to strive to improve and achieve their goals shinning through.
I would have no hesitation at all in referring or encouraging anyone to work with Neil, a fantastic coach who’s natural personality matches his master coaching ability.” Matt Andrews, Matt Andrews Mentoring – sports therapist
“Coming to Neil my game was in bad shape. Inconsistent and no confidence. The first 3 years was a massive rebuild. But in that time even though I was working on big big changes I managed to win the European Team event, and make the semis of the European 6 reds and open. I got to the final round of QSchool which effectively gave me a year on the tour as a top up playing in every event. I also finished number 1 in the Welsh men’s amateur rankings 2 out of 3 years. In my opinion Neil is the best modern day coach in the world, who blends mechanics and instincts together to create an excellent platform for the player to go on and be the best he/she can be. My only regret is that I never went earlier. Had I have seen Neil in my teenage years I’m confident I’d have had a good stint on the main tour by now.” Alex Taubman
Neil Johnson has a fantastic strike rate for developing players either from scratch or otherwise. He does incredible work in the game and is one of the best coaches ever. Nic Barrow
“From his kind-hearted, jovial, and enthusiastic nature, to his driven appetite for player progression, Neil Johnson has been developing players of across all levels of snooker for many, many years. From having his own academy and coaching residencies across well-established snooker clubs in Merseyside, Neil’s unbridled attention to player development is evident.
As such, Neil is an instrumental consultancy source in terms of both coaching pedagogy and overall snooker knowledge. Thus his in-depth trusty spade of pragmatic expertise has contributed to many of my degree theses and scientific studies on snooker (amateur to elite); which have been published in the highest peer-reviewed sport psychology journals in the world and presented at world renowned sport psychology conferences.
Ergo, not only is Neil one of the best “go to” snooker coaches in the UK, he is arguably one of the very best and well-respected coaches to emerge from within the UK. An absolute credit to his profession. Players (and players families) can be rest assured that Neil is a pleasure to work with, and always has player welfare at the centre of his practices.” James Welsh (BSc, PGDip, MSc, PhD)
“Neil has been a fantastic coach, helping my game, on the table as well as my psychological approach off it. As someone who plays a wide variety of cue sports, a predominant focus has always been to try and be the best cueist that I can be and I have gained a huge appreciation for cueing as a science within itself.
My fundamental set-up has changed dramatically since I met Neil and he has revolutionised my cueing, timing and tempo. All of this has helped me to develop a consistent and stylishly smooth cue action throughout, from standing behind the shot to delivering a quality follow through.
Although my coaching has been on the snooker table a lot of the essentials transfer easily and I have been able to take what I have learnt and adapt it to English and American pool successfully. I now play English pool at County A standard coming close to England Men’s Trials in the last 2 seasons whilst also playing American pool competitively on the GB National Tour.” Ryan Wissett