This is the last edition of the TCI newsletter for 2013. I hope that this year has been a good one for you, and that 2014 will be even better! Hopefully next year will be when our economy starts to return to normal, and demand for tennis coaching increases further. On behalf of the Committee of Tennis Coach Ireland, and myself, I would like to wish you a great Christmas and all the best for 2014.
IMPORTANT – You can rejoin Tennis Coach Ireland for 2014, and renew your insurance, online at www.tenniscoachireland.ie.
TENNIS IRELAND LICENSING
Tennis Coach Ireland strongly recommends that, if you fulfill the criteria for Tennis Ireland Licensing in 2014, you should ensure that you become Licensed. More and more clubs are specifying in job adverts that ideal candidates will be Licensed. I expect that this trend will become more pronounced as we head in to the second year of the Licensing Scheme.
Full details at http://www.tennisireland.ie/home/coaches_licensing_2014.
All queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE SCHOOLS EXPERT PROGRAMME
The programme is a means for coaches to add a further string to their bow by gaining additional knowledge and expertise in the field of school tennis. A coach who fully completes the criteria set for the schools expert programme will receive a Tennis Ireland certificate to say that they are an expert in schools tennis and will be listed on both the Tennis Ireland and TCI websites as an “Expert” in this field. A coach will receive 100 CPD points when they qualify as a Schools Tennis Expert. You can see a presentation by Roger Geraghty of how the course unfolds, and the details of the assessment process here:https://vimeo.com/72479209. The fee for the course is €150.00. Ring our Financial Administrator Tara Congdon at 087 681 9295, and pay by credit card over the phone, or download a registration form at www.tenniscoachireland.ie.
LIST OF SUBSTITUTE COACHES
We now have a list of coaches from around the country who are interested in substitute work. If you need a coach in a hurry, perhaps due to illness or holidays, please contact me and I will tell you whom you can contact in your area for the ‘short-notice’ substitute work.
ROBERT CHERRY VIDEOS –TENNIS IRELAND SKILL AWARDS
The Tennis Ireland Skills Awards were designed by Roger Geraghty and are based on the Coordination Programme, the Self Rally Programme and the Red Court Progressions from the first module of the Tennis Ireland Level 1 Coaches Education Course. Now Robert Cherry, assisted by Ann Marie Errity, has produced a series of videos to support this very useful programme. You can view the videos at http://www.tennisireland.ie/coaches/skills_awards. You can also visit Robert’s new website atwww.robcherrytennis.com.
NEW FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY
Matt McTurk of ‘Tennis Tots’ (www.tennis-tots.co.uk) writes:
“Build a massive recruitment base for your coaching programme and Increase your earnings with a Tennis Tots Franchise.Welcome all Tennis Ireland coaches to Tennis Tots, the UK’s leading Tennis play and coaching programme for children from 2-6 years of age. Whether you run an existing coaching business or just keen to start up on your own, Tennis Tots have tailored a package to help busy coaches increase their earnings whilst building a recruitment base to feed any existing coaching programme. The monthly fees are fixed so that your income will increase incrementally as the business grows month by month.Watch this video to learn more about the franchise programme and hear from a Tennis Tots franchisee:https://vimeo.com/62090105”.
NEW ARTICLE by JONATHAN KLAMPE
TCI member Jonathan Klampe recently visited the JC Ferrero Sports Academy in Spain, and has written a very useful article based on his experiences there. “Managing Time During Matches” can be read here: http://goo.gl/Unw3GJ.
NEWS FROM MERLIN VAN DE BRAAM of iCOACH
“We are delighted to announce the arrival of “My Library” to Tennis iCoach. This latest feature was recently released onwww.tennisicoach.com and allows coaches and tutors to save content to a personal playlist on iCoach to watch later, much like a ‘bookmark’ feature. Coaches can add content to their library by simply clicking on the save icon on each page. We are excited by this new feature because it has two main uses.
Firstly, users can save content to view later when they do not have time to finish watching presentations. Secondly, tutors and educators can save a list of content for demonstration at a course or conference, instead of searching through the web and trying to remember all the great content available”.
A NOTE FROM JOHN YANDELL
To the Tennisplayer Community – quite an issue! The long awaited new series on the one-handed backhand from Chris Lewit. More inspirational words and thoughts and action from Jim Loehr. A sentimental Roger Federer music video. Did I mention my complete serve teaching progression? Or an analysis of Boris Becker’s serve from the horse himself -and those who trained him. And yet there is even more… Click Here for the New Issue!