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.

Coaching & Squad Schedule - September 2022 to February 2022

The Junior Coaching Schedule has been finalised with times and days listed below. All participants MUST be members in order to avail of coaching in Carrigaline Tennis Club. If you have any membership queries, please email membership@carrigalinetennisclub.com 

Coaching Sessions are open to all Junior members.  
Squads are invite only. Payment requests will be sent to squad members in the next day or so.
The coaching groups remain the same as last year but there may be movement in squads due to age / ability etc. As before, for example, if you have a child in 2nd class they will go Thurs 3 to 4 or they have the option of the overflow class on Wednesday at 3 to 4. 5th class is Thursday 5 to 6, and they also have the overflow option on Wednesday if the Thursday does not suit.

Coaching Term - 16 weeks (ending Feb mid-term)
Start Date - Week beginning 12th September 2022 
Cost - Club Coaching is €136 pp with a €5 reduction for a 2nd child
   1.5 hour Squads Sessions are €192

Payment can only be made online through easypaymentsplus. If you require any assistance, please email membership@carrigalinetennisclub.com. We recommend using a laptop or PC rather than a mobile phone to access easypaymentsplus and to make payments.  

Tuesday
2pm - 3pm  Junior/Senior Infants - Ashling/Cian
3pm - 4.30pm under 12 Squad - Ashling
4.30pm - 6pm under 14 Squad - Cian 

Wednesday
2pm - 3pm Teen Coaching - Fitzy
3pm - 4pm all ages (overflow class) - Fitzy 

Thursday
3pm - 4pm 1st/2nd class - Karen all classes
4pm - 5pm 3rd/4th class
5pm - 6pm 5th/6th class
6pm - 7pm Teen Coaching 

Friday
3.30pm - 5pm Tennis 10s Squad - Ashling

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


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.


Ashling O'Sullivan - Club 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 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.

Karen Holmes - Club Coach

CV to Follow ....

Coaches Exhibition Match

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