Coach News 6.1.14


Coach News 6.1.14


Welcome to our first newsletter for this year. A quick reminder that if you have not already renewed your TCI membership and insurance for 2014, you are currently not covered under the TCI Public Liability Insurance Scheme. If you are coaching soon, you may want to consider renewing your membership and insurance at Our new membership mailing list will come into effect shortly; so only 2014 members will receive information via emails or texts. We appreciate that it is hard to keep up with all the paperwork at the start of a new year, but hope that if you have not already done so you will take the necessary steps to renew your TCI membership for the year ahead.

Looking forward to working with you through 2014.



The ITF has designated Monday 3rd March as World Tennis Day. I believe this is something you can use as a way of promoting your club locally, specifically in terms of sourcing new members. And more members equals more coaching! As for the past number of years, Tennis Ireland hopes to run a National Tennis Day over the summer period, but you might like to consider taking advantage of the publicity surrounding WTD if you would like to run an Open Day earlier in the year. “World Tennis Day 2013 proved to be a very successful initiative, using high profile special events to bring attention to the developmental activities of our member nations on every continent,” said ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti. “March 3rd will be an important day in the international tennis calendar with huge focus on our sport on World Tennis Day.” Read more at To access all World Tennis Day 2014 promotional materials, please go to If you would like to organise an event linked to World Tennis Day, please contact your TI Regional Development Officer and please keep in touch on your plans!


The Egyptian Tennis Federation requires a consultant coach to assist them in planning a full National Under 10 Competition Structure (for a developing tennis nation). Applicants should be very experienced with U10 tennis on all levels (competition, parents, rules/regulations etc). This appointment needs to be made on an urgent basis. Please send a covering letter and your CV to Mr. Hassan Elaroussy at


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

All queries to


“Welcome to Issue 61 of the ITF Coaching and Sport Science Review, which is the final edition for 2013 and follows the highly successful staging of the 18th ITF Worldwide Coaches Conference by BNP Paribas in Cancun, Mexico. This issue includes articles on anxiety analysis, developing women tennis players, emotional intelligence, expectations, match statistics, physical conditioning and Tennis Play and Stay”. Download it for free at


This 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 also 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: 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


Gary Purcell has decided to continue and develop his coaching career in Australia – we wish him all the best and hope he keeps applying the sunscreen(!) Gary has promised to keep us informed when he comes across any useful info, so look out for updates from down below…

Meanwhile Jim Watt has left his role as Talent Manager at Ulster Tennis, in order to take up the reins as Director of Coaching at Malahide LTC – again we wish him all the best for the challenges ahead.


We started our Facebook page to further highlight the Association and the high quality work of TCI coaches. As I write we have 445 ‘likes’, and we reach anything between 500 and 1,500 people each week. You might like to consider posting on our page, or sending me news and info about you and your club/programmes that I can upload to our page. A useful way for a coach to higher his or her profile to a national and international audience…so Like, comment and engage with us on Facebook! Could you ask your friends and pupils to check out our page and like it?


Full details of this years programme were emailed to you on January 2nd. Details have also been posted on our website (you need to log in to view this page).