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.

Coaching Update - 6th July 2020

All Term 2 coaching which was cancelled in March due to Covid-19 has been re-scheduled for this week and is currently underway

Summer Camps

It is hoped to run Summer Camps during the Summer period, but it seems numbers will be restricted because of the requirements of COVID-19. Again, the Club is looking at how this can be done and if agreement is reached to run Camps, further information will follow.

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.


Junior Coaches

Ashling O'Sullivan

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

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

Junior Coaching Information

The Coaching Programme that was due to commence in April was cancelled due to Covid-19. It is hoped to recommence in September pending confirmation from Tennis Ireland.

Coaching groups are fun and games focused.

€75 per child for the term which runs for 10 weeks. Discount notes: *Discount of €5.00 applies for 2nd sibling or session *Discount of €7.50 applies for 3rd sibling or session *Discount of €10.000 applies for 4th sibling or session.

Squad sessions are more structured towards performance.

€80 per child term which runs for 10 weeks. There are no discounts available for additional siblings on squad groups.

*performance squad €90 for 10 weeks to allow for physical trainer.

ALL COACHING / SQUAD FEES PAID THROUGH EASYPAYMENTSPLUS.COM

For direction on which group to join, contact head coach Cian Blake 087 9762105.

Monday:                    2 to 3pm – Junior / Senior infants

                                    3 to 4pm – U8/U9 Coaching Group

                                    4 to 5.30pm – U12 Performance Squad*  

                                    5.30 to 7pm  - U9/U10 Squad

Tuesday:                    3 to 4pm – U10/U12 Coaching

                                    4 to 5.30pm – U12 Squad

Wednesday:     Courts allocated times for box leagues (booking sheet in clubhouse)

Thursday:                 3 to 4pm – U8 Coaching Group

                                   4 to 5pm – U10 Coaching Group

                                   5 to 6pm – U12 Coaching Group

                                   6 to 7pm – Teen Coaching Group

Friday:                       3 to 4.30pm – U9/U10 squad

                                   4.30 to 6pm – U12 squad

                                   6 to 7.30pm – Teen performance squad

Saturday:                  3 to 4.30 – Junior Matchplay ages 5 to 13. Turn up on the day, €3 per child.

Beginners classes subject to having enough numbers!

                                   4.30 to 6pm – Young adult matchplay with senior adult members – free

Event Guide 2020

The Event Guide for the Season has now been finalised.Please click on the link below to download

Coaches Exhibition Match

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