Qualifying as a tennis coach can lead to exciting full or part-time career opportunities at home or abroad. We have in place a comprehensive, up to date and highly regarded coaches training system.
Our Coach Education and Technical Committee work closely with the International Tennis Federation, Tennis Coach Ireland and Coaching Ireland, to implement the highest possible standards of coaching in Irish tennis.
ITF Recognition of Tennis Ireland Coach Qualifications
In 2011 the World Governing Body of tennis, the International Tennis Federation, developed for the first time a programme to officially recognize and approve the Coach Education systems of member nations.
For the most part of 2012, Roger Geraghty and Peter Farrell worked intensely in their efforts to achieve ITF recognition for Irish coaches, and just before the end of December 2012 this was achieved.
In part, the statement from the ITF to confirm this recognition reads:
“The ITF recognizes…that Tennis Ireland have established a Coaches Education system that meets the quality standards set by the ITF. As a result, the ITF agrees to formally recognize the Coaches Education system of Tennis Ireland for a four-year period from 1 January 2013 until 31 December 2016”.
ITF membership comprises over 200 nations, and Ireland became only the 12th nation to achieve this recognition in Coach Education, and the first of the “smaller” countries to do so.
ITF recognition further distinguishes a Tennis Ireland coach in the marketplace as ‘the coach of choice’ to prospective employers.
For further information on our coaching courses check out the video narrated by our Director of Development, Roger Geraghty or call him on 086-2316478.
We offer a variety of coaching levels aligned with the Long Term Player Development Pathway. Below is a description of the levels, and what the participants are qualified to do when they successfully complete the courses.
The Coaching Ladder
Play and Stay Assistant
This person has undergone the requisite training process, involving a series of online learning tasks, and the completion of twenty logged hours practical experience under the guidance of a Tennis Ireland qualified coach.
Tennis Assistant 1
This person has completed the first Module of the Tennis Ireland Level 1 Coach Education Programme, and is qualified to assist a Tennis Ireland qualified coach with the implementation of the Red Programme in the club.
Tennis Assistant 2
This person has completed the second Module of the Tennis Ireland Level 1 Coach Education Programme, and is qualified to assist a Tennis Ireland qualified coach with the implementation of the Red, Orange and Green Programme in the club.
This person has completed the Tennis Ireland Level 1 Coach Education Programme, and is qualified to work with and develop beginner to intermediate players of all ages and under 9 regional standard players.
This person has completed The Tennis Ireland Level 2 Coach Education Programme, and is qualified to work with and develop intermediate to advanced players of all ages, and performance players up to 12 years of age.
This person has completed the Tennis Ireland Level 3 Coach Education Programme and is qualified to work with and develop players at all levels.
Director of Tennis
This person has taken part in the requisite training and is qualified to work as a Director of Tennis under the programme developed by Tennis Ireland.