Dear TICA Member,
Some news and views on Irish tennis that I hope you will find of interest…
All the best,
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TICA MENTORING PROGRAMME
With the difficult economic climate in which we find ourselves, staying ahead of the game in terms of our own education and development has never been more important. Have you considered signing up for the TICA Mentoring Programme? Learn at your own pace from some of Ireland’s top coaches. Please go to www.tica.ie for full details.
ADOPTION OF CODE OF ETHICS
You might remember that as part of this years National Conference I carried out a wide ranging survey of members opinions. One of the questions asked was whether TICA should adopt a Code of Ethics for all members. Delegates responded positively to this in overwhelming numbers – 86% said `yes`. As a result, the committee has decided to adopt the International Tennis Federation’s Code of Ethics For Coaches as TICA’s Code of Ethics. Please note that, if you join TICA for 2012, you are agreeing to abide by this Code. You can read the Code of Ethics at www.tica.ie.
EVERY COACH SHOULD HAVE…AN iPAD?
I bought an iPad recently, and find it a very useful tool for various aspects of working in tennis. The integrated video camera and playback screen are not high definition, but are ideal for recording quick clips and showing them back to the players on court immediately (remember to get written permission before filming junior players). You can also connect to the Internet to show YouTube or other tennis videos to your students. It is all a long way from the video cameras, wires and TV screens we used to have to deal with in order to let our students see themselves in action. And as with all Apple products, the iPad is simple and intuitive to use. Details at http://goo.gl/nqHRa.
Congratulations to long-time TICA member Colm Murphy, who has recently been appointed Tennis Manager at Malahide LTC. As with many tennis jobs now, this position was advertised through TICA. You can read more about Colm’s appointment athttp://www.tennisireland.ie/.
If you think you might be interested in applying for similar jobs in the future, it might be worthwhile considering signing up for Tennis Ireland’s new Director of Tennis course. Full details are at http://goo.gl/rY5rD.
CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY
The Ulster Branch of Tennis Ireland will organize a Workshop shortly in Donegal. All coaches who attend will be credited with 33 points under the 2011 CPD Scheme. This event will commence at 7.30pm, on Wednesday 7th December 2011 at Letterkenny Tennis Club.
AGENDA- Tennis Development in Donegal Forum
1) Welcome and Introduction- George Lucas (President Ulster Branch Tennis Ireland)
2) Tennis Development & Participation Initiatives- Lauren Smythe (Ulster Tennis)
3) Tennis Talent ID/Optimisation strategy- Jim Watt (Ulster Tennis)
4) Funding Opportunities for Donegal Tennis Clubs- Myles Sweeney (Donegal Sports Partnership)
5) Importance of Networking in the North West region- Michael Cooke (Sport NI/Coaching Ireland)
6) Questions from Club Representatives to Panel including Ryan Deighan (Derry City Council)
7) Summary & Close – George Lucas (President Ulster Branch Tennis Ireland).
For further information or to register, please write to Lauren Smythe at firstname.lastname@example.org
WORKSHOP WITH MARK TENNANT
Mark Tennant will soon visit Ireland to deliver a one-day Workshop on technical and physical training aspects of under 10 tennis at performance level. For further information and to book, please go to http://goo.gl/jgpVn where you can register and pay online. Alternatively you can register and pay on the day, however please note that an extra charge applies as detailed above.
Important – attendance at this event cannot be booked through TICA or Peter Farrell – you must use the methods described above.
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