Coach News 2.9.14


Coach News 2.9.14

Dear TCI Member,

The great thing about this month’s newsletter is that it is filled with news of Irish coaches doing innovative work – making videos and writing articles, and then giving us all free access to the fruits of their labours. We hope you enjoy and learn from the results. Please 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,



TWO WAYS TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE NOW: Online with your credit card: Go to “National Conference” box is to right of home page. By Post: Download a Registration Form from the ‘Events’ section of our website at and post it to TCI with your payment.

ROBERT CHERRY CONTINUES HIS VIDEO SERIES: “I’ve put together two videos (part 1 and part 2) of FH and BH progressions that coaches could use when teaching beginner mini tennis children”. Part 1 of the video, and access to part 2 is at Great stuff!

MEMBER NEWS: Liam Cassidy has a new telephone number: 085 151 0701. Conor O’Callaghan has a new email

CORK-BASED COACH CONOR TWOMEY IS NOW SHARING SOME INNOVATIVE IDEAS: “I have created a new YouTube channel and Facebook page called “Coaching Movement”. I have uploaded videos that focus on athletic development and skill development for young players, I guarantee none of these drills have been seen before…”

JOHN McGAHON FOOTTECH VIDEO: John recently organised one of the popular Foottech workshops. The event was held at DCU, and you can see some of the activities, and some of the coaches in action, here:

DISABILITY INCLUSION TRAINING: Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership is holding a 6 hour Disability Inclusion Training Course in November. “We are working to encourage all clubs in the County to become accessible and inclusive. This course is designed to give teachers and coaches’ ideas and inspiration on how to adapt their sports or recreation sessions to make them more accessible for those with a disability”. Saturday 8th November in Newpark Comprehensive School, Sports Centre, Newtown Park Avenue, Blackrock from 10am – 4pm. Full details at: A similar course will be held on October 4th at the Tallaght Leisure Centre in Dublin. Watch the YouTube promotional clip here

A MESSAGE FROM JOHN YANDELL: “To the Tennisplayer Community – this month, we focus on Eugenie Bouchard. for the new issue! Eugenie Bouchard and the Developmental Process -take a look at Eugenie hitting a forehand and then a gorgeous forehand volley at age 13”.

TENNIS iCOACH EDITORS PICK: This article gives an overview and explanation of a number of terms related to being a good athlete from a mental perspective; including mental toughness, flow, the ideal performance state and more recent models of psychological resilience –

LOWER BACK PAIN IN TENNIS: David O’Connell of Portobello Physiotherapy is a former international tennis player, and a Tennis Ireland coach. Read his new article on ‘Lower Back Pain from Playing Tennis’ at our website, where you can also get the link to the supporting YouTube video. “The lower back is a commonly injured area in tennis players…”


PHYSICS OF TENNIS: free articles and videos by a top “tennis physicist”:


BORING COACHING!!!: a surefire way to make sure players leave your club…