News Update 8.6.12


News Update 8.6.12

Dear Member,

Here is the latest News Update, which I hope you will find of interest. Our biggest announcement this month is the date of this years NATIONAL CONFERENCE (see below) – hopefully it will go into your diary straight away… Please get in touch if you have any news, comments or queries. By the way, have you had an opportunity as yet to visit our Facebook page

All the best,

Peter (086 822 8235)


The Tennis Coach Ireland National Conference will take place this year on Sunday 30th September at Castleknock LTC. Full details will go to all members by email. This years Conference will return to a format we used a number of years ago, involving simultaneous presentations from Irish coaches. Each presenter will work with their own pupil/s, in a session tied to an aspect of the new Long Term Player Development Programme, then answer questions at the end of the session.


Tennis Coach Ireland now has its own range of clothing reserved exclusively for members of the Association. For this new initiative we have gone with a small range of top-quality and value-for-money shirts and sweatshirts. We are hoping that all members will buy clothing from the range, and wear it on court to

highlight membership of the Association. Our objective with TCI clothing is to continue to create a strong, branded image. Ultimately, we want a situation where all tennis players, clubs and employers insist on hiring TCI coaches exclusively.

Our clothing range is produced by Cool Threads. They have many years experience working in the field of branded clothing, and have already worked extensively with Leinster Tennis. To see the range, please go to, and use the left/right arrows to find the TCI range. To make a purchase just follow the simple steps and pay by credit card or via PayPal. An Post will then deliver your TCI clothing. I hope you will support this new initiative. I am convinced that members’ wearing our clothing is a vital step in continuing to raise the profile of TCI coaches within Irish tennis.


The ITF Coaching department is proud to welcome you to the 56th issue of Coaching and Sport Science Review, in this the 20th anniversary of its launch. The articles in this monographic tactics issue cover a number of topics, including how to train clay court strategy, modern doubles tactics and patterns, common flaws in strategy, and ‘game theory’. . GO TO CSSR 56 NOW


“I remember telling you about our Groupon offer that we did last year, the online voucher site. If you are doing a marketing thing, there is a new site called We have used it twice over the last 3 months, our first offer got us 45 new junior squad members and our second offer got us 92 members in 72 hours”.


The International Tennis Federation is currently collecting CVs for the recruitment of “Assistant Research Officer”, within their Coach Education and Tennis Development department, based in Valencia, Spain. The role would report to Professor Miguel Crespo, ITF Research Officer, and involves assisting with the successful production and dissemination of research, coaching resources, publications and initiatives of the ITF Coach Education Department. Other responsibilities within the role include the maintenance of ITF web based projects as well as assisting with the preparation of Coaching Conference programmes. Some international travel will be required with the position. Candidates must have fluent spoken and perfect written English, hold a minimum ITF Level 1 Coaches qualification (or equivalent) and also hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, in a relevant Sports Science or similar field. Candidates should be available to start from 1st July 2012. Compensation package: 15,000 euro per annum. Deadline for applications June 11th 2012. Applications to


It was great to get around the country recently to meet coaches at the Regional Workshops. The Powerpoints from the presentations by Jim Watt (From Red to Orange to Green) and Kevin O’Brien (Practical Applications in Agility Training) are now available to download from our website  – click `Coaches`, then `Education`.


Long-time TCI member Lesley O Halloran recently won an ITF Grade 1 tournament in Croatia and is now ranked number one in the world in singles and doubles over 45. What a tremendous achievement, and I know I speak for all members when I say a heartfelt congratulations to Lesley.


All is revealed at


“Tennis Coaching Drills is a mobile phone application that contains over 160 tennis drills for players, coaches, teachers and parents”. Download at your App Store or see


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!

1. Go to, and Login (top right of home page), using the Username and Password that was emailed to you recently. You will be taken directly to your Profile Page, some fields of which have already been completed (not all of this information will appear in your public profile – if you wish to see what will appear, go to Peter Farrell’s profile to check what the public can access).

2. Start filling in the gaps, paying particular attention to the ‘About Me’ section, which allows you to write a paragraph about why you are the coach prospective employers should contact…

3. On the left of the page, select a photo from the pictures on your computer, which you would like to accompany your profile.

4. There is a space near the bottom of the page where you can add any additional information you think relevant (e.g. extracts from your C.V.?)

5. If you do not wish any part of your profile to be viewable by the public, leave the box ‘Publish my details` unticked. This will also remove you from the main list of coaches on the `Find A Coach` page. Your membership of Tennis Coach Ireland will not be displayed to the public anywhere on the site, and your details will be available only to those running the site (the TCI Officers).

6. Click on `Update` (located both top right and bottom right of the page) to finalise the process.

Another important element of the site is the rotating ‘FEATURED COACH’ area on the home page. If you would like to be a featured coach, please drop me a line or a text (086 822 8235) to let me know. To be a featured coach, you must have set up your profile (including a photograph) as detailed above. Please note that, after selecting your photograph, you must click the `Update` button on the right hand side of the screen to apply the image.