From perfect potters to pathetic penalties

NIGEL BOND AT GREEN ROOM  Snooker pro Nigel Bond plays in an exibition match at the Green Room at High Green.     17 April 2011
NIGEL BOND AT GREEN ROOM Snooker pro Nigel Bond plays in an exibition match at the Green Room at High Green. 17 April 2011
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PRACTICE makes perfect – that was the advice a party of Germans received when they met Chesterfield-based snooker pro Nigel Bond at the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.

But it wasn’t only the Europeans who benefited from the advice – so did 45-year-old Nigel and the staff at the Green Room snooker club at the Paces Centre in High Green.

That’s because, after the Germans were given a little snooker coaching on the club’s tables, they returned the favour – by showing their English hosts how to take football penalty kicks.

Club owner Simon Barker said: “I do a lot of business supplying snooker equipment in Germany and have made many friends who come over to see the championship.

“They are always pulling my leg about how bad the England football team are at taking penalties, so they insisted on showing us how to do it properly!”