Coach News 2.2..15


Coach News 2.2..15


Welcome to our second newsletter for this year. We are delighted that the vast majority of our 2014 members have renewed for 2015. If you have not rejoined TCI, this will be the final newsletter sent to you, as we will shortly update our mailing list and include only 2015 members. But we really do not want to lose you, and we hope that you do not want to lose the benefits you get as a member of TCI. It’s not too late to join, electronically at, or by calling our Financial Administrator Nicola Herbert at 085 189 8600.

IMPORTANT: our AGM takes place on Tuesday 10th February at 8pm at Dublin City University. The meeting will be held in Room HG 19 in the School of Nursing Building (Location: exiting the multi storey car park, look to your left, the Nursing Building is the first building you will see. It is the building where we held our National Conference in 2013, when we were in the large Lecture Theatre. Map:

Hope to see you there.


REMINDER – GARDA VETTING AND CHILD PROTECTION: When does your Garda Vetting and Child Protection Workshop qualifications expire? Garda Vetting lasts for three years, Child Protection for five years. If you are unsure of your expiry date, why not check your documents now, so that you will not be caught unawares… And remember – if you have completed an onsite Child Protection Workshop, you can renew electronically at

CONGRATULATIONS TO CONOR NILAND: I know I speak for all TCI members when I wish Conor all the best in his new role as Ireland’s Davis Cup Captain – Ireland plays Belarus in the first round of the Euro/Africa Zone Group II Davis Cup in Castleknock Lawn Tennis Club on the 6 th – 8th March 2015. Tickets for the tie are on sale at Here’s hoping that lots of coaches will attend (and bring their students!) to support Conor and the team. We will shortly announce some special offers/rewards for coaches who get bums on seats at the event – watch this space!

RECOMMENDED BY CHAIRMAN LIAM CASSIDY: A great time saver when searching the web:

TENNIS IRELAND LICENSING: Tennis Coach Ireland strongly recommends that, if you fulfill the criteria for Tennis Ireland Licensing in 2015, 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 third year of the Licensing Scheme. Full details at All queries to

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St. Peter’s Special School in Rathgar, Dublin 6, provides education for young people aged 4 to 18 years who have intellectual disabilities. The school is very interested in continuing a tennis coaching programme that started last year. Unfortunately the financial situation at the school does not leave any leeway to employ a coach. The school is therefore wondering if there might be any coach who has a morning free once a week, and would volunteer to provide coaching for these special boys and girls? I have visited the school myself, and can assure you that it is a very worthy cause. If you think you might be interested in helping out, please drop me a line at this address, or give me a quick call on 086 822 8235.

FIGHTING TEENAGE DROPOUT: What is it with teenagers and tennis!? Some insights from TCI Coach and School’s Tennis Expert Olwyn O’Toole:

A NOTE FROM JOHN YANDELL AT I’ve been waiting for a long while to capture a forehand that I thought hit the key checkpoints down to the millimeter, and it finally happened in this incredible new Grigor Dimitrov high-speed footage… What does the success of the Spanish tennis have in common with the paintings by old Spanish masters like Goya?  Possibly, it is embracing suffering as the path to salvation, or Grand Slam victories. Here is the fascinating third article in Chris Lewit’s series, based on his time in Spain and his study under the great Spanish coaching masters.