Here is the latest News Update, which I hope you will find of interest.
Please get in touch if you have any news, comments or queries.
All the best,
Peter (086 822 8235)
NATIONAL TENNIS DAY
Is your club organising an Open Day to tie-in with National Tennis Day? This is an event that will bring new members to your club, and new students to your progamme. See www.nationaltennisday.ie for more info.
NEW ARTICLE FOR COACHES
TCI committee member John Brady has written a very interesting article for coaches about how we present ourselves to our pupils, and what the implications of this might be. After logging in, you can read this piece at www.tenniscoachireland.ie.
A NOTE FROM JUDY MURRAY
“If you are looking for some simple and inexpensive ways to keep young kids active and amused – and develop core physical skills at the same time – download the free Set4Sport app from the App store. It will walk you through a collection of some of the fun games I played at home with Jamie and Andy when they were growing up. There’s no doubt that these helped them to develop the coordination skills they needed to play sport competently when they got older”.
CAN YOU HELP?
A father of a 12-year-old boy with a mild learning disability has enquired if there might be a group of similar children who meet in the Dublin/Meath (or adjoining) area for tennis playing and/or coaching? His Dad writes that he “enjoys tennis, although would most likely not follow the rules of a game”. If you are involved in or know of a situation where this boy might be able to get involved in tennis, please let me know and I will pass on the details.
A NEW TENNIS SPECIFIC EDUCATION COMPANY
“We are very pleased to tell you about a new tennis-specific education and certification company that has just launched(www.itpa-tennis.org). International Tennis Performance Association (ITPA) aims to change the way tennis is trained by improving performance and reducing injuries, and we need your help to spread the word! The ITPA is the worldwide education and certification organization for trainers, coaches and specialists who are passionate about tennis-specific performance enhancement and injury prevention. The ITPA is the first of its kind in the tennis and fitness industries, and is aimed at strength and conditioning professionals, athletic trainers, personal trainers, physical therapists, nutritionists, medical personnel, tennis coaches and other specialists working with players of all ages and levels”.
It could be well worth looking into this organisation – those involved in running it include world renowned experts such as Miguel Crespo of the ITF, Paul Roetert of the USTA and top fitness expert Pat Etcheberry.
TCI PROVINCIAL WORKSHOPS
Part of the requirement for a Tennis Ireland coach license for 2013 is that a coach has 100 CPD points under the TCI Continuous Professional Development Programme 2012. There is an opportunity coming up in the near future to gain 33 points under the CPD system, by attending one of the TCI Provincial Workshops:
MUNSTER: Wednesday 16th May at the TennisVillage, Cork. From 7pm to 10pm.
ULSTER: Wednesday 23rd May at David Lloyd, Belfast. From 10am to 1pm.
LEINSTER: Tuesday 29th May at the National Tennis Centre, DCU. From 7pm to 10pm
Full details of the workshops are available at www.tenniscoachireland.ie – (Calendar of Events section – you need to login to view the page), and were also emailed to you on April 24th.
NEW ADDITION TO THE SCHEDULE:
An opportunity to play test the new adidas racquet range (adidas racquets are supplied by www.tennisplanet.co.uk – our official equipment supplier). If you would like to try the racquets on court, the schedule for play tests is as follows:
MUNSTER: 6.30pm-7pm. ULSTER: 1pm-1.30pm. LEINSTER: 6.30pm-7pm
UPLOADING YOUR PROFILE AT WWW.TENNISCOACHIRELAND.IE
One of the principle things we are trying to achieve with the new site is to provide a mechanism by which each coach can advertise their services to prospective pupils and employers such as clubs and schools.
The `Find A Coach` area is designed with this in mind. Visitors to the site can search for a coach by name, coaching level, county or map. They can then find information about each coach on the coach’s `Profile Page`.
It is important that you set up and complete your own Profile Page with the information you want the public to see when they click on your page. It is very easy to set up your profile, and no specialist computer knowledge is required to do it! For details of how to upload your details, please see my email of April 30th.
PASSWORD REMINDER: You should have received your passwords for the new website in an email that would have come email@example.com, subject line ‘Welcome to Tennis Coach Ireland’, sent on April 18th.
IDEA FROM ALAN McCORMACK
TCI member Alan was starting out to provide Cardio Tennis at his club in Sligo, so he needed a large trolley to house all the balls needed for a typical Cardio session. Rather than buy an (expensive!) wheeled trolley, he was able to negotiate a free shopping trolley from a local supermarket, in return for having an ad for the supermarket attached to the sides of the trolley. Innovative thinking from Alan, and I want to thank him for sharing this tip with fellow members.
COMMUNICATING WITH CHILDREN COURSE
The NSPCC in Northern Ireland will hold a one-day course entitled ‘Communicating with Children’ on June 21st in Belfast. To book a place or for further details, please contact: call 0844 892 1026 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE FROM JOHN YANDELL OF WWW.TENNISPLAYER.NET
“Well, well, well. It’s the start of Tennisplayer Year 8! It’s hard to believe, but yes! Wow, that first 7 years just buzzed. So thanks to all of you, past, present, and future. Tennisplayer was, is, and will continue to be the best source for amazing information about how to play the game we love. I believe that is true and here’s hoping at least most of you continue to agree”.
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WEBSITES WORTH A LOOK
www.tenniswhizz.com – info for pre-school tennis programmes from Mike Barrell.
www.globaltennisnetwork.com – set up an online tennis ladder.
http://www.123certificates.com/tennis.php – If you would like to print tennis-specific certificates for your players, there is a good selection of customizable templates here (for free!)