Coaching

Carrigaline Tennis Club offers an extensive Coaching Program for Juniors and a range of group and one to one options for Senior Members. All enquiries for Coaching need to go through the Head coach Cian Blake.  Cian will direct you as to the best option for you or your family member. Cian can be contacted on 087 9762105
Group coaching is currently suspended due to COVID-19 but for an idea of the groups, times and costs, please take a look at the Junior Coaching Information section at the end of this page. Note that Coaching Groups are for Juniors who just want to play in a fun environment and the squads are geared for Juniors who are keen to play at competition level.

Junior Coaching Covid Regulations - Reminder

With Junior Coaching started back this week the Committee would like to remind Parents of the Junior Coaching Covid Regulations.
  • If you have been out of the country please refrain from using the Club for 14 days. 
  • If you have any Covid symptoms please do not attend Coaching. 
  • Please drop and collect your child. Waiting around Club Grounds is strictly prohibited. 
  • Access to the Clubhouse is strictly prohibited. Please use Toilet Facilities before your session. 
  • If your Child shows any signs of symptoms during the session you will be contacted to collect your Child immediately by the Coach. 

TI Future Performance Strategy

Tennis Ireland issued the Document below to all Tennis Clubs in the last few weeks. It is a very detailed outline of the Tennis Ireland Performance Strategy for the coming years, the aim of which is to get more players playing to an International standard.  
If you have any questions relating to the contents of the document, please contact Head Coach Cian Blake

Coaching Update - Autumn 2020 Coaching & Squads

Autumn 2020 Coaching Timetable & Coaching Groups

Monday
3-4pm - 1st/2nd Class
Tuesday
2-3pm - Junior & Senior Infants
3-4pm - 3rd/4th Class
Wednesday 
4.30-5.30pm - 5th/6th Class
Thursday
3-4pm - 1st/2nd Class
4-5pm - 3rd/4th Class
5-6pm - 5th/6th Class
6-7pm - Teenage Class
12 week term starting week of Sept 7th. Coaching group: €90 per child, per session, €85 for 2nd child, €85 for 3rd child and so on

Squads for the coming Term will be as follows - 

Monday - 4-5.30pm - Performance Squad

                  5.30 - 7pm - Under 10 Squad

Tuesday - 4-5.30pm Under 12 Squad

Wednesday - 3-4.30pm u8/9 Squad

Friday - 3-5pm all Squads matchplay

Emails have been sent directly to anyone who is on a squad and has ticked "emails allowed" on their easypayments account.

Squads: €96 per child

Performance squad: €108 per child

Friday Matchplay tennis 10s under 8,9,10(Fri 3-4): €90

Friday Matchplay yellow ball: Fri 4-5, €90

NOTE: no discounts for additional children in any of the squads or Friday matchplay

DUE TO COVID GUIDELINES FOR RETURNING TO PLAY, WE NEED TO KNOW IN ADVANCE WHO WILL BE ATTENDING.

Please email membership@carrigalinetennisclub.com confirming your child or children’s names and what group options you wish to take. Please reply before 8pm on Wednesday the 2nd of September to make sure you are registered in time for the opening session.

If you email the membership address above to express your interest in taking part in a coaching group (you may chose more than one per child), we will send you a payment request through our easypayments system. That request will cover the cost of the coaching groups.

PLEASE NOTE THAT MEMBERSHIP MUST BE PAID UPTODATE BEFORE YOU CAN REGISTER FOR ANY OF THE COACHING OR SQUAD GROUPS ABOVE

Coaching Team

Cian Blake - Head Coach

Tennis Ireland Level 2 Qualified Coach

Performance Director Munster Tennis

Cian has vast coaching experience at all levels of the game from social to international players. He has captained Ireland at Winter Cups and Four Nations, captaining the winning Four Nations team in 2018. 

Having been an interprovincial player at junior and senior level, Cian takes great pride in representing his province. Along with winning the title as a player Cian has also captained Munster to glory at Junior and Senior levels. As well as success in team events Cian has coached players individually to International Level with some of his players representing Ireland at European Championships, Winter Cups and Four Nations 

Cian's belief is that competition drives the sport. He feels that having a proper competition structure is paramount to the success of any programme. With this in mind Cian has placed a major emphasis on Matchplay and Box Leagues within the club.

For further information please contact Cian on 087 9762105


Sinead Dunne

Tennis Ireland Level 2 qualified coach

Munster Performance Coach

Sinead has coached numerous provincial and national tennis players to great success over her years as a tennis coach. A former Munster interprovincial player, she was the winning non-playing Junior Captain in 2017 as well as the winning non-playing Senior Interprovincial Captain in 2018.

Sinead coaches junior squads every Monday as well as giving group lessons for senior members. She is also available for individual lessons.

For further information please contact Sinead on 087 768 2731


Paul Fitzgerald

Tennis Ireland Level 1 qualified coach

Having competed at the highest level nationally, represented Ireland, and gone on to compete at college level in the United States, Paul brings a huge amount of playing experience to the coaching team. Along with his playing experience Paul has captained Munster at interprovincial level, is coach to provincial and national level players and is part of the Munster coaching team.

Paul is available for group and private coaching for Adults and Juniors by contacting 085 125 5422.


Gianmarco Cacace

Gianmarco has recently joined the Munster Tennis Coaching Team.
Below Gianmarco give an insight into his career both as a Coach and as a Professional Player.

'I am a Tennis coach with more than 5 years of experience, focused on Junior and Senior players.

During the last years I had the opportunity to train athletes from all international rankings - ATP, ITF, TE, following them in their educational and professional path across tournaments of international significance. 

I had the chance to learn and leverage the coaching methodologies of IMG Academy driven by Nick Bollettieri in Florida. I have been selected by the captain of the Italian national FED CUP team as Assistant Coach and sparring for two events in Swiss and Russia. 

During my career I played many ITF Junior international tournaments, collecting 4 finals (Abu Dhabi, Marocco, Denmark, Egypt), ranking 287, and ATP futures tournaments ranking 1280. I also had the opportunity to play on the same team with Daniel Gimeno Traver 48 ATP, Nicolas Almagro 9 ATP, Marius Copil 56 ATP, Thomas Fabbiano 70 ATP, Matwe Middelkoop 30 ATP DOUBLES, playing double with each of them.' 


Ashling O'Sullivan - Junior Coach

Ashling has been coaching in Carrigaline since 2015. She began as part of the Gaisce bronze Presidents award and when she turned 16 she completed the Play And Stay assistant tennis coaching course.
She began playing tennis in primary school through Cork Parks Tennis prior to joining Carrigaline Tennis Club. She has played in the Wilson and KBS tournaments.
Ashling is an assistant coach at the Club on Thursdays and Fridays and on Saturday she runs the Junior Matchplay along with Ken, Claire and Laoise from 3-4:30pm.

Claire O'Sullivan - Junior Coach

Claire has been playing tennis in Carrigaline Tennis Club since she was 10. She has played in both the Wilson cup and KBS teams. 
Claire has been a Junior Coach since 2018 and helps with the Saturday matchplay every week.

Coaches Exhibition Match

A very enjoyable Exhibition Match was given recently by the Coaching Staff with Special Guest David Thompson