WHAT TENNIS IRELAND DOES FOR IRISH TENNIS
Tennis Ireland is the National Governing Body for the sport of tennis in Ireland.
Founded in 1908 with over 200 clubs and 80,000 members it is a very busy organization.
Below are a list of services and activities that Tennis Ireland and the Provincial Branches provide for their member clubs.
Club Development – Regional Development Officer Assistance
Tennis Ireland has in place part time Development Officers who’s primary function is to assist clubs on demand with development programmes designed to attract new members while at the same time maintain the current members in the clubs.
We have developed a number of support resources that will guide clubs to creating Programmes that will satisfy the needs of all members.
Here are some examples of areas where our Development Team can assist:
- Strategic Planning
- Play and Stay initiative
- Tennis 10’s
- Cardio Tennis
- Tennis Xpress
- Competition Formats
- Clubs/Schools/Parks Outreach Programme
- Open Days
- Development of a Club Mark system
- Tournament Planner Courses
- Tournament Referee Courses
- Match Play initiatives at all levels
- Assistance with grant applications
The Club Development Manual and a Sample Three Year Strategy can be viewed at –
If you need any kind of assistance in your Region in relation to development projects contact the relevant member of our Development Team. See details at the end of the document.
Tennis Ireland Player Pathway
The Long Term Player Development Pathway is for all players of all ages and abilities and its purpose is to provide a framework for everyone involved in delivering the game of tennis at all levels in Ireland. It has been produced based on empirically and scientifically relevant information, which indicates when certain capacities may best be developed. The model looks to develop the individual by covering the tennis specific components of technical, tactical, physical and psychological areas, whilst intertwining the components of personal, lifestyle, parental, educative and competitive experiences.
The Pathway document is available at:
Coach Education System
We believe that good coaching really does make a difference and the governing body has developed a coach education structure that has been fully endorsed by the World Governing Body, the International Tennis Federation
Good coaching Programmes for all levels of players and all categories of members combined with appropriate competitive opportunities in the club will make a difference in terms of raising standards of play at your club. This is why Tennis Ireland put a lot of time into developing materials that will ensure the coaches working on the ground have the most up to date information available from around the World.
For details of our courses visit – http://www.tennisireland.ie/coaches/coaching_courses
The protection of children in our sport has been and remains a priority of the highest order to Tennis Ireland. For several years now, Tennis Ireland has taken a pro-active role in working with affiliated clubs and other associated bodies to ensure the highest level of compliance within our sport in terms of Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport. Various programmes dedicated to the provision of information and training for voluntary officials at all levels of tennis are managed by our National Children’s Officer. Equally, the Tennis Ireland Board of Directors ensure that this vital topic is on the agenda of every Board meeting.
There are 12 requirements in order for a club to become compliant with the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children in Sport and they can be viewed at –
For guidance on all policies and procedures visit the link below which has a list of Appendices that can be downloaded and used as templates by clubs to assist with developing their own policies and procedures for child welfare –
It’s very important that clubs have a robust recruitment process in place, and vetting is just one action required in recruiting professional or voluntary people to work in clubs children’s activities.
Tennis Ireland are the Authorised Signature for all applications and more details can be accessed at the following links –
Garda Vetting – http://www.tennisireland.ie/clubs/child_protection/garda_vetting
Access NI – http://ulstertennis.co.uk/clubs/child-protection
Complaints, Objections and Disciplinary Procedures
Tennis Ireland has produced a Complaints Objections & Disciplinary document for clubs to use as a platform to help executive committees deal with disciplinary issues.
The COD document can be viewed at the following link –
Appropriate competition drives sport and encourages people to play thereby increasing participation through out the club and increases the number of people playing the sport. Tennis Ireland Competitions Committee compiles the Tournament Calendars for Junior, Senior and Veteran players providing the opportunity for all players to participate in a structured competitive environment.
Tournament Regulations need to be adhered to and followed and Tennis Ireland has the responsibility to administer this process so all competitors can be treated equally and fairly.
The On-line tournament software system has greatly enhanced how tournaments are organized and advertised allowing far greater access to results and fixtures. This is a significant addition to the sport as it allows for a far more efficient running of competitions benefitting the organizers and the players.
All tournament’s both internal and external can be found at the following address:
National Player Database
The N.P.D identifies players uniquely which is crucial to the development of an efficient an effective rating and ranking system as well as a communication system between the governing body and the tennis community. Most of the successful Tennis Nations has this in place and it has to be administered. The programme is critical to the development of the sport and its benefits are already being seen in league and open events. If you are not registered please sign up at the following address:
The Irish Tennis Umpires Association (ITUA) recruits, trains and provides umpires for tennis events in Ireland. For further information on becoming an umpire click the following link –
National & Regional Training Programmes
Most young children’s first introduction to structured tennis begins in the club where they should be provided with the opportunity to play at the level of their ability.
A young talented player also needs to be provided with the opportunity to develop their full potential.
Tennis Ireland and the Branches have a structure and a pathway in place where young players can advance from Club to Region to National Training. Our job is to provide as much opportunity as possible for the players to train and compete at their upmost ability.
Regional training takes place in all 4 provinces.
The National Academy is based at the National Tennis Centre in DCU. The Academy caters for all Irish top players and is administered by the governing body.
For further information on the National Academy see –
National Junior Ranking System
Junior ranking commences at Under 12 level.
This system is constantly evolving and an appropriate process for all juniors is almost complete which is very important for the development of the sport.
Secondary and Primary Schools Competition are organised in the four Provinces for all age groups.
Munster Secondary Schools Competition –
Munster Primary Schools Competition –
Leinster Secondary Schools Competition –
Leinster Primary Schools Competition –
Ulster Secondary Schools Competition –
Development Programmes involving training and competition are in place at Branch Levels.
National / International Team and Individual Events
Tennis Ireland and its Branches organise and administer the following:
- Davis Cup and Fed Cup Participation
- Under 14 Tennis Europe and Under 18 ITF Events
- Interprovincial series which caters for all age groups from Junior to Veteran players.
- Irish Open Events
- National Indoors
- National Matchplay Series
Parks Tennis Ireland is a non-profit making company run by volunteers and supported by various organizations, such as the Irish Sports Council, Tennis Ireland and various Local Authorities.
Parks Tennis aims to provide tennis at a very low cost to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to play our sport. With up to 25,000 children taking part in the annual programmes, Parks Tennis together with the Schools Tennis Initiative is a ready made recruitment ground for Tennis Clubs. For further information contact the relevant Development Officer listed at the bottom of this document or click the following link –
Tennis for Players with Intellectual Disabilities
A plan is currently in place to roll out a programme nationwide for players with Intellectual Disabilities in an effort to have tennis included in the Special Olympics 2019.
Website – Facebook – Twitter
Our site provides the federation with the ability to communicate with clubs and players on a wide variety of subjects so everyone is up to date with current developments.
To view the site click here www.tennisireland.ie
Irish Sports Council Consultation
The tennis Ireland team consult regularly with the Irish Sports Council on all matters to do with administering and developing the sport in this country and this affects all clubs under the Tennis Ireland umbrella. Our team sign post all relevant information to our affiliated clubs. For example, Sports Capital Funding.
All clubs that are members of Tennis Ireland have the opportunity to benefit from any of the projects and services listed above. When committee’s work towards knowing what activities are of interest to their members and deliver programmes that will satisfy their needs, there’s a every chance that clubs will maintain their current membership, attract new members and make tennis a sport for life for all involved.
Tennis Ireland Development Team
Connacht – Garrett Barry – Email: email@example.com Mob: (087) 2935322
Munster – Conor O’Callaghan -Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: (087) 6882286
Fingal Area – Brendan Moran -Email: email@example.com Mob: (086) 8351475
Leinster – Peter Farrell – Email: peter.Farrell@tennisireland.ie Mob: (086) 8228235
Ulster – Lauren Smythe – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: 00447540466750
Tennis Ireland – Roger Geraghty – Director of Development – Email: email@example.com Mob: (086) 2316478
Tennis Ireland Office Team
Aileen Rogan – Operations Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
John Macken – Financial Controller – email@example.com
Maria Kilkelly – Communications and Competitions Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tara Congdon – Coach Education and National Academy Coordinator – email@example.com
Garry Cahill – Technical Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Roger Geraghty – National Children’s Officer – email@example.com Mob: (086) 2316478
Des Allen – Chief Executive Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennis Ireland Office – email@example.com Phone – 01-8844010
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