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
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. All Participants must be paid up Members of Carrigaline Tennis Club.

Head Coach Cian Blake to Co-Captain Irelands Davis Cup Team in Cyprus

Eddie Pierce, Chairperson and Alan Kelly Captain, Carrigaline Tennis Club, made a presentation recently to Cian Blake, Head Coach at the Club, to mark his appointment as Ireland’s Co-Captain for the Davis Cup Europe Event in Larnaca Cyprus from 16th to 19th June 2021. With Ireland’s Davis Cup regular captain, Conor Niland unable to travel, the honour of leading Ireland has been awarded to Ulster Performance Director Carlos Miranda and Munster Performance Director Cian Blake to travel as Co-Captains.

Cian grew up in Bishopstown and played tennis from a young age at the local club. He achieved success at Junior level and represented Munster in Interprovincial Competitions at Junior and Senior Level. He later transitioned into tennis coaching and has been head Coach at Crosshaven for some years.

He took on the role as Head Coach in Carrigaline Tennis Club in 2018 and with a strong team working with him, has made great strides in developing junior and senior coaching programmes that cater for all. In 2019 he was Tournament Director for the first International Tennis Federation event in Munster for 10 years, which was held in Carrigaline and was a major boost for the club. He has also had success in his Munster Performance Director role in recent years, captaining successful Interprovincial Teams at Junior and Senior Level.

Carrigaline Tennis Club wishes Cian every success as Co-Captain in the Davis Cup event in Cyprus andwe look forward to his continuing success in his roles with Carrigaline and Munster Tennis.

April 2021 Coaching & Squad Schedule

Please Note:  Juniors must be Current Members of Carrigaline Tennis Club

Tuesday - Gianmarco
2-3 jnr/snr infants
3-4 3rd/4th class
4-6 under 12 squad 

Wednesday - Fitzy
2.30-3.30 teen coaching
3.30-5.30 u8/9 squad 

Thursday – William (New Coach)
3-4 1st/2nd class
4-5 3rd/4th class
5-6 5th/6th class
6-7 Teen coaching 

Friday - Cian
3.30-5 u10 squad 

Cost for Coaching Group: 60 euro per person, 55 euro for 2nd, 3rd Child etc
Cost for 1.5 hr Squad: 72e
Cost for 2 hr Squad: 96 euro
No reduction for siblings in squads

Tennis Camps 2021

Tennis Camps will run for two weeks during the Summer on the following dates -  
Week 1 -   5thJuly 2021 to  9th July 2021 
Week 2 - 19th July 2021 to 23rd July 2021
TIME - 9.30am to 12noon
COST - €75 per person with €5 reduction (€70) for subsequent siblings.

Places will be limited due to Covid-19 regulations and bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis.
To book, please email your child’s name and date of birth to  membership@carrigalinetennisclub.com 
If you have any further queries, please email  carrigalinetennisjuniornews@gmail.com.  

Coaching Update - December 2020

Coaching has now finished for 2020.
The New Coaching Term will begin on the 11th of January 2021 with a few changes to note.
Firstly, we are moving to a 5 day Coaching Program (Tuesday to Saturday). The Monday classes will be removed and those Juniors will be moved to different groups.
The term will be changing to a one term session of 18 weeks which will take us right up to the beginning of June 2021.
The main reason for this is to reduce the amount of administration for the Club and for our members as it means you will only have to sign up and pay once instead of twice as before. The downside is that there is a little more outlay earlier in the year, but no further payment will be due until the second term starts again in September. The plan for September is to run a similar length term taking us to the end of Jan 2022. This will make the terms more even.

The costs for the 18 Week Coaching term will breakdown as follows:
Coaching Groups - €135 per child, €130 for second child, €130 for the third child and so on.

Squads - €144 per child for 1.5 hour squad, €108 per child for 1 hour squad (there will be a mix of 1.5 and 1 hour squads).

Payment requests will be issued from the easypaymentsplus System from the 4th January 2021 and as always there will be a four week grace period so we will look to have all fees paid by the end of January.
We also have a new coach coming on board.  William Cussen will be taking over the Thursday Coaching Groups and we look forward to welcoming him. 

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 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