Coach News 18.4.13


Coach News 18.4.13

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,


Helen Lennon (17th April 1946 – 15th April 2013)

It was with shock and sadness that we at Tennis Coach Ireland learned of the death of Helen Lennon after a very short illness. Helen was an international tennis player who competed against some of the world’s most prominent, including Martina Navratilova, Evonne Goolagong, Virginia Wade and Billie Jean King. She represented Ireland in Fed Cup in a total of eleven ties. Helen went on to act as Non-Playing Captain to the Irish Fed Cup team in the early 1980’s.

But of course it is as a talented and gifted teacher of the game that we at TCI most remember Helen. Her high level work in clubs and schools across Dublin helped develop many players through the years. Helen was also a leading light in the Irish Professional Tennis Coaches Association – the precursor to Tennis Coach Ireland, and as such helped to lay the foundations upon which our organisation is built today. Helen will be sadly missed throughout Irish tennis. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Colm and all the family, two of whom, brother Paddy and nephew Fiachra, are members of our Association.


1. Munster – Thursday 2nd May, at the TennisVillage, Cork City, from 6.30pm to 9pm

2. Ulster – Wednesday 15th May, at David Lloyd Belfast, from 10am to 1pm.

3. Leinster – Wednesday 22nd May at the National Tennis Centre DCU, from 7pm to 10pm.

4. Connacht (July – details to be decided).

Full details of speakers and topics at

If you would like to attend one of these Workshops, please text (086 822 8235) or email me your name and which venue you will attend at.


This Tennis Ireland organized Workshop will focus on areas of interest to clubs and coaches. Details as follows:

May 7th at 7.30pm, Castleknock LTC.

Booking – online at

Attendance at this event will carry 25 points under CPD 2013.


Tennis coach wanted to work for Exsportise sports camps in South County Dublin.

We are looking for a dynamic and passionate tennis coach to run children’s tennis camps at one of our venues. The coach must lead the programme and with the help of assistants teach children from Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm.  The camps run from July 1st – July 26th.

This qualified tennis coach must have a fun attitude and teach through a ‘games for understanding’ approach.

Pay is related to experience and ability.

One to one sessions are also available after camp at our new leased tennis courts in South County Dublin.

Please send your CV to us at, stating why you would be the ideal person for this job.


Yvonne Doyle has been appointed non-playing captain of the Irish Fed Cup team. Yvonne’s first matches in charge will be in Moldova during the week commencing May 6th , in matches played on outdoor clay courts. A long time TCI member, in her playing career Yvonne achieved positions inside the worlds top 250 in both singles and doubles. Tennis Coach Ireland would like to congratulate Yvonne on her appointment, and wish her and the team all the best for the Moldovan trip.

Irish senior player, Lesley O’Halloran, has had outstanding successes recently on the international seniors circuit. Lesley reached the finals of the ladies 45s singles, won the ladies doubles and reached the finals of the mixed doubles at the 33rd ITF Seniors World Individual Championships 2013. The following week, Lesley reached the finals of the ladies singles and won the doubles at the 10th Int. Wilson Senior Open by Ali bey Club Manavgat. Lesley is currently ranked no. 1 in the world in the ladies 45s age category.

Congratulations to Jenny Claffey, who has been selected to represent Ireland in the upcoming Fed Cup competition in Moldova.


I wrote to you recently with details of some new legislation which may be signed into law at any time, and which will make it illegal for anyone who has not completed the Garda Vetting process to teach children or vulnerable adults. I am attending a Workshop next week to get more details on this, and will let you have the details shortly after the Workshop. In the meantime, can I urge any coach who has not been Garda Vetted to START THE PROCESS OF VETTING IMMEDIATELY. THIS IS URGENT, AND IF NOT TAKEN CARE OF COULD LEAD TO A COACH BEING PREVENTED BY LAW FROM TEACHING TENNIS AS NORMAL.

Go to for details and to download the necessary form.

Another aspect of this is that anyone you use to assist you must be Garda Vetted, or both you and the assistant will be acting illegally following the enactment of this legislation. So it is important to plan ahead if you will be having assistants working with you over the next few months.


As you know, this years National Conference (September 29th at DCU) will focus on ‘The Business of Tennis Coaching’. Here are some links and ideas related to coaching as a business to get you into the frame of mind as early as possible!

RETAIL TIPS BOOKLET – FREE DOWNLOAD: In each issue of RSI Magazine the TIA releases a “retail tip,” to help provide tennis retailers with insight into how to make their businesses more productive, efficient, and profitable. Now, retailers can download the TIA Retail Tips Booklet, which collects all of the previous articles into a single document for quick and easy access to these great resources…

NOW THEY HAVE APPS FOR….Making Posters Available from the Apple App Store:

1. POSTER+ (free) “easily create really cool posters with Poster+. It is intuitive and easy to use…simply choose your favourite template from our elegant preset designs…” 2. PHOSTER (€1.79) “a user-friendly application to create stylish posters, utilize various effects to complete the chic posters…”

LOGO DESIGN FOR $5!: Thanks to John Brady for alerting me to this site: You can have logos, flyers, brochure, business cards designed for $5. What do you have to lose!


Will Wilshere is a candidate on the Tennis Ireland Director of Tennis course. As part of the course, Will has written a very interesting and useful document on the above subject. Will has been kind enough to allow us to place the document on our website, and you can access it at the home page, following log in (in the ‘Publications’ section near the bottom of the home page).

Competitive opportunities are of course vital in developing players, as well as in motivating players to continue in coaching programmes. You can read more about the Director of Tennis course at

Any TCI member who successfully completes the DOT course will be credited with 25 points under the Continuous Professional Development Programme 2013.


Tennis Ireland Level 1 Licensed Coach, and TCI member seeks work in the Dublin/Wicklow area. If you need a coach to work with you and assist in your club or school programmes, please contact Philip Magee on 087 9564447.


To the Tennisplayer Community – all I have to say is Pull, Flip and Roll, and you’ll have an ATP style forehand (or something like it), courtesy of Rick Macci. And yes! Check out my serve article as well – very excited about that one. Is this too much learning power for one issue? Let me know if you think so.

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