Coach News 14.10.13


Coach News 14.10.13

Dear Member,

Below please find the latest news from Tennis Coach Ireland. 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,



The feedback from the National Conference on September 29th ‘The Business of Coaching’ has been very positive. Thank you to all members who attended. Here are some comments I have received.

“I just wanted to thank you for the Conference yesterday. I found it very interesting and thought provoking”.

“Paul Banks was a great key note speaker. I found him quite captivating, even when he started talking about google spiders, analytics, and search words. I enjoyed the comfort that the lecture hall brought compared to barely hearing the speakers in the bubble”.

“ Really interesting and informative. Another great conference put on by you guys”.

“I picked up some very useful tips from the conference including getting to me to finally make my own website!!!”

We were delighted to make two presentations at the Conference on behalf of the members. Paul Murphy was honoured for his great work over the past 7 to 8 years in putting the Association on a firm financial footing. Relations and friends of the late Helen Lennon were presented with an award marking her huge contribution on many fronts to Irish tennis.

The Conference Presentation PowerPoints are now available at – after log in click on ‘Coaches’, then ‘Education’.

During his presentation, conference speaker Merlin Van de Braam highlighted the ITF resources available for coaches. You can download the materials Merlin mentioned, together with lots more useful information, at


Many of you will know Robert as the innovative Head Coach at Sandycove LTC in Dublin. Robert has recently launched his new website Here you will find a lot of very useful information, written specifically for coaches by a coach. And what’s more it’s free! Well worth (several!) visits if you would like to get some new ideas on drills, video analysis, group coaching, how to administer your business and many other topics that are important for coaches. Congrats to Robert on this excellent resource.


Paul Turner plans to return to Ireland soon to deliver workshops on a regional basis. Each workshop has been allocated 25 points under CPD 2013.

“Our workshops cover parts of the FootTech Training and the ABC’s Programme and give you a practical insight of the techniques used. The workshops are for all levels of tennis coach who want to get a better understanding of tennis specific footwork, movement and balance and its implication to all levels of player.

Cost for ALL workshops is normally €100 but special price €50. To book email

1. Date: Monday 25th November at Carrickmines LTC, Dublin, 12pm to 4pm

2. Date: Tuesday 26th November at the Belfast Boat Club, 10am to 3pm.

3.Date: Wednesday 27th November at The Tennis Village, Cork, 10am-3pm


Tennis Ireland’s National Technical Director and Davis Cup Captain Gerry Cahill has just launched a new service geared towards coaches working with high performance players.If you are a coach of a high performance player, we can help you structure a performance program that suits the stage of development of your athlete”. You can read all the details at Garry’s new


If you wish to be licensed by Tennis Ireland in 2014, you will need to fulfill certain criteria. Tennis Ireland has recently circulated the following info (I would draw your attention in particular to how you can now renew your Child Protection Certificate online. It’s also worth mentioning that more and more job adverts are specifying a License as desirable or necessary.):

“Tennis Ireland in cooperation with Tennis Coach Ireland and the Coach Education Committee successfully launched our Coach Licensing Programme in 2013 with coaches nationwide signing up to the programme. With a total of 209 coaches satisfying criteria in 2013, it is envisaged that in 2014, this number will significantly increase.

To qualify as a Licensed Coach in 2014, our coaches must have the following in place: ONE. Amass a minimum of 100 CPD points under the regulations of the TCI Continuous Professional Development Programme for 2013.  TWO. Hold a Child Protection Certificate that is not older than 5 years (ie certificates held before 2008 are no longer valid ). To update your certificate you can review the 3 Vimeo presentations by Roger Geraghty on Tennis Ireland’s website and complete the online quiz here: THREE. Be able to provide evidence that you have been vetted within 3 years previously, (Garda Vetting or Access NI as appropriate – Applications completed before 2010 are no longer valid.) Closing date for renewal of Garda Vetting applications and Child Protection is 31st December 2013 . A leaflet is available on our website containing the required details for coaches Thank you for your support and dedication to maintaining high standards in our sport”.


Human Kinetics kindly provided some books and other materials for the National Conference. We held a draw on the day, and I hope that the members who won the materials are enjoying them! HK are running a discount scheme for TCI members – if you go to, and register for ‘HK Rewards’ using the discount code ‘TENNISHK’, you can get 25% off any tennis books/DVDs you purchase.


Thank you to those members who stayed on after the Conference for the AGM. Liam Cassidy was reelected to Chair the Association for 2013/14, while Alan Beaddie took on the role of Treasurer, and is hard at work finalizing the handover from Paul Murphy. Also elected to the Committee were the following members, each of whom play a vital role in the ongoing success of TCI: Garret Barry, John Brady and Stephen Garvin.


Liam Cassidy, Roger Geraghty and Peter Farrell recently attended the Tennis Europe Coaches Education Conference in Valencia, Spain. This Conference, which is concerned with the area of coach training, provided some very useful ideas for the further development of coaches training in Ireland. If you would like to keep up with what is happening in the rapidly developing field of coach education, you can read the Conference presentations here:


To the Tennisplayer Community,

Well there is such a thing as a second serve? But is it some mysterious additional shot? Or a matter of understanding simple variations?

Also in this new issue: High Speed archive- Maria Sharapova’s serve. Classic Lessons: Parental Blunders by Frank Giampolo. Working on Strengths by Sven Groenefeld.