Coach News 22.2.13


Coach News 22.2.13

Dear TCI Member,

Below please find the latest news from Tennis Coach Ireland. Do let me know if you have any news, comments or suggestions of your own that you would like to share with other members.

All the best,



Many of you will have met Merlin Van De Braam when he was a guest at our National Conference last September. Originally from Ireland, Merlin is now based in Valencia, where he works for the ITF. Merlin has recently been appointed to head As you know this site is a valuable membership benefit for TCI coaches. In order to fine-tune and further develop all aspects of the site, Merlin has put in place a short survey to gauge the opinions of coaches on how the site should progress. May I ask you to please complete the survey – it is in all our interests to let the ITF know what we would like to see on the site. Click here to go straight to the (short!) survey:


Balanced Action ( are pleased to announce their new and improved workshops and introduction to the “FootTech Training Programme” We have broken down the complex skills of tennis into their teachable parts and focus on tennis specific footwork patterns and movement.  We show coaches HOW to apply these skills to ALL levels of player from grass roots to Pro’s. The day will definitely give you more confidence in delivering your coaching sessions and you will quickly see the results of how your players hit the ball! We also offer coaches the chance to learn the whole FootTech training Programme with our NEW online course. For more information please contact Paul Turner at

Tutor: Paul Turner Date: Friday March 1st        Title: “Defending & Counter”     Venue: Carrickmines LTC       Time: 10am-3pm       CPD: 25 points     Cost: WAS 80, NOW €40     

DAVIS CUP by BNP ParibasIreland v Finland: 5th to 7th April at Castleknock LTC, Dublin. Tickets available from Tennis Ireland on 01 8844010 or online at

SOME PARENTS AN UGLY PART OF JUNIOR TENNIS?: Article from Miami Herald, December 2012: Read the full article here