Junior Tennis

Carrigaline Junior Tennis Club has gone from strength to strength in recent years and offers a wide range of activities for kids from 6 to 18 years of age. The underage section is structured so that we can accommodate everyone from those who want fun games right up to competition and provincial squad level. We offer coaching sessions which are more relaxed and fun based aswell as our internal squads for those who want to progress in tennis through the tennis Ireland competition structure.

In 2019 we were honoured to be awarded an ITF international junior tennis event held in June of that year. We had 102 top players from all over the world competing in our club and this really put us on the map for Junior tennis. On the first week in April of this year, we will host our own category 2 Junior open event which will attract some of the best players from all over the country back to Carrigaline for what is sure to be some great tennis.

Covid-19 Updates for Junior Coaching

The Club requests that all Parents, with children in Junior Coaching Sessions, would familiarise themselves with the document below.

Saturday Matchplay

Saturday Matchplay will go ahead this week, 10th October, as normal.
As always, please email carrigalinetennisjuniornews@gmail.com in order to sign your Child/Children up indicating which group session they wish to join. Please send your email by 8pm Friday so that any courts which are not being used for Saturday Matchplay can be released for other members as there is demand for courts. 
Time: 3pm to 4.30pm.   Age: 6 years – 12 years.     Cost: €3.00. Matchplay is limited to 20 and is open to Members only. 

The older Group (13+) will run from 4.30pm to 6pm. There is no charge for this session.
This group Matchplay is limited to 10 and is open to Members only.

Junior Success - Summer 2020 Tournaments

Well done to all our Juniors who took part the various competitions around the country in the last few weeks.
Congratulations to the following = Cian Power who won the U12 Singles event in the South East Leinster Open in early August and Romy Barry, who won the U12 Girls Singles in Tramore. Super achievement. Congratulations also to U12 winners Darragh and Jack Cantillon (CTC) who beat Daniel O’ Mahony (CTC) and his partner Christopher in the final at Rushbrooke Lawn Tennis Club. Great result, well done!

Thanks to the Junior Committee for the Images below.

Juniors Returning To Tennis - Important Information from Covid Committee

Hi All,
I hope you are all keeping safe and well! You may have seen a few communications about finally getting back to play some Tennis, so we wanted to highlight some of the main changes that will be relevant to our Juniors:

  • Anyone using our courts from next Monday MUST have a court booked. As it will be singles initially (unless you have 4 people from the same household) then all names must appear on the booking slot. This will be for contract tracing purposes. 
  • In order to help facilitate this, adult non members who wish to be able to book for their children as junior members will now be able to do so. Once you have renewed your membership, the club will be in touch with the procedure for how you can register for the ebooking system and attach your own (parent) email to that account. 
  • If you have already renewed as a family, then the club will be in touch with user ID numbers for all the children in that membership group to allow you to book under their own individual names. 
  • The guidelines issued by Tennis Ireland last week now suggest it is OK for one parent to supervise while their child is playing on court. In this event, we will NOT need to implement the volunteer list, but parents must ensure to keep social distance. When supervising your child who is playing, no other children from that family are allowed on the premises to avoid younger children running around and touching various surfaces, and therefore increasing the risk to everyone. 
  • In this first phase of re-opening, only people within a 5KM radius of the club should be using courts. 
  • The clubhouse will be closed and there will be no access to toilets in the immediate future so for this reason, we will be limiting the courts so that you cannot book more than one consecutive hour. You can if you wish come down for a second one hour slot in the same day. 
  • Juniors will have to each have their own set of balls with their name on them. They will use their own balls when serving and if you need to pass back a ball to your opponent, you can do so by kicking it back or flicking it with the racket. 
  • All players will have to sanitise their hands on entering the courts and again on leaving. The club is in the process of getting these installed and ready in time for re-opening. It is also advised in the guidelines that each player carry their own small sanitiser in their bags. 
  • There is to be no hanging around for talking, you have to come, wait for the court to become free (if people are on before you), play and then leave. This is unfortunate as it takes the social element away to some degree but is required to reduce social contact. 
  • We will be able to offer coaching for our juniors upon re-opening but this will only be on a one to one basis, unless there are people from the same household. Court 5 will be reserved for coaching Mon to Friday 9 to 5 and Saturday morning 9 to 1pm. A separate email will be issued specific to coaching. 
The club is conscious that there is a lot of emails coming from various committees at present, but it is vital that we get the message out there to re-open properly and safely for all our members. Things are also changing on an ongoing basis in the current climate and so we may have to update you with these changes, so please bear with us in the coming weeks.
If there are any questions or concerns on any of the above, please email carrigalinetennisjuniornews@gmail.com and we will endeavour to answer them in a timely manner.

Irish Tennis Updates Podcast - Interview with Paul Fitzgerald

Adam Wade chats with prominent figures in the world of Irish tennis. Current players, past players, and anyone else he can get to interview.
In Podcast from 19th April 2020, Adam chats to Paul Fitzgerald, current Munster coach and DLTC player. Paul has had a great journey in tennis and tells him about his experiences representing his province aged just 15, his Junior success in Ireland, how he continued that success while on a scholarship in the US and his experiences in tennis since then.Listen to Paul Fitzgerald being interviewed on Irish Tennis Updates Podcasts or on YouTube

The Coaching Team at Carrigaline Tennis Club is lead by Head Coach Cian Blake and supported by Sinead Dunne, Paul Fitzgerald, Gianmarco Cacace and Junior Coaches Ashling O'Sullivan and Claire O'Sullivan.

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