COACHING

"If you don't practice, you don't deserve to win".

 Andre Agassi -

The club runs weekly adult, junior and teen coaching from September to June. 

Members Only.

 

For more information click below

Meet Our Coaches

Hugh O'Loughlin

 Level 2 Coach


Hugh has 40 years experience as a tennis coach
His experience is vast and includes Director of Coaching for Dublin Parks Tennis, Manager of Malahide Castle tennis
centre, Coach at Malahide,  Portmarnock,  Clontarf, St. Ann's Raheny TC & Enjoy tennis coach.

 

He is a Tennis Ireland & FCTCA Tutor and Director of Tennis

In addition to this Hugh is an ex-class one tennis player and still enjoys playing league for the club.

 

Hugh is Garda vetted and has completed training in Child Protection and First Aid.
 

Hugh runs his own tennis academy and is 

available for group or private lessons.

 

CONTACT: 086 027 1320

hughtennisacademy@gmail.com

Hugh O'Loughlin(BA)

Stephen Murtagh

Level 1 Coach


Stephen has over 10 years experience as a tennis coach.   His experience includes an assistant to Derek Healy at Shankill and coaching at Deerpark Tennis Club.   He has coached all ages from 4yrs upwards including league teams.   

 

Stephen has been a  level 1 coach since 2013 and certified Tennis Ireland Director Of Tennis. He is the club's school co-ordinator with Tennis Ireland and also our junior social tennis organiser.   

Like Hugh, he still enjoys competitive tennis playing at league level for DPTC. 


Stephen is Garda Vetted and a licensed Tennis Ireland coach.
He has completed training in Child Protection and First Aid.

Available for private coaching.
 

CONTACT:  087 055 2623

stephenmurtaghtc@gmail.com

 

Adult Coaching

 Whether you are new to tennis, getting back into tennis, playing social, round robbins, league or just want to improve your tennis ability; our coaches offer a variety of group sessions 

Our head coach Hugh O'Loughlin will run clinics for aspiring league and competitive players.

 

For more details, or to book private sessions as an individual, pairing or group, contact:

Hugh at 086 0271320

 

Our coach Stephen Murtagh will run groups for Beginner (6pm) and Improver (7pm) adults on Tuesday evenings.

 

There will also be a group on Thursday and/or Friday mornings subject to demand. These groups usually run in blocks of either 4 or 6, depending on the time of year.

 

For more details, or to book private lessons, contact Stephen at stephenmurtaghtc@gmail.com.

Which Course is Right for Me?

The summary below outlines what's covered in each of our three adult coaching programmes. If you're unsure which one's right for you, please contact Hugh O'Loughlin (086 027 1320))and he'll be happy to guide you in the right direction.

1

BEGINNERS

The aim of the beginners' programme is to help players serve, rally and score.  On completion, you will know the basic technique of the forehead, backhand, serve & volley along with some tactics and a good comprehension of the rules of tennis

2

IMPROVERS

This programme is aimed at those who have completed the beginners' course and who wish to improve/develop their technical ability to enable them to improve their match-play ability. Game-based learning is used to create point-based scenarios to reinforce technique 

 

3

LEAGUE

Ready to progress, the emphasise her is on the tactical and mental side of league play.  Stroke production including forehand, slice and drive backhand, direction, spin & power on serve, volley, smash, approach shots and drop shots.

 

Junior & Teen Coaching

Our junior and teenage coaching programmes are run in a fun, safe, and enjoyable learning environment following Tennis Ireland's coaches' education system. 

 

Junior & Teen Group Coaching Schedule 

 

Run in line with the school year our programmes are run by coaches Hugh O'Loughlin and Stephen Murtagh.  It caters for juniors of all levels, beginning with groups for red ball players and progressing to orange, green, and finally the standard yellow ball. For queries re junior tennis please contact our coach Stephen at stephenmurtaghtc@gmail.com 

 

Our next coaching term begins on the 3rd week of September 2020 with a 10 week Autumn Programme.

 

In January the second term begins with another 10 week programme - depending on when Easter falls this term may be longer or shorter.

Finally, between Easter and the end of June we run our third term.

Please note:

  • Classes are divided by age and ability using modified equipment, smaller courts and slower balls (red, orange, green and yellow)

  • All classes include warm-up, physical components (e.g. balance exercises), technical topics (e.g. serve), and games based around various technical topics, finishing-off with an appropriate cooldown.

  • Spaces are limited – only juniors and teenagers booked can attend coaching.

Days & Times

Days and times for upcoming programmes will be advised via WhatsApp and/or by email in advance.  Please ensure to sign up for our Junior Members group. 

 

 

 

Term Costs

The cost of a 10-week term is €80 for members.  Coaching is currently available to members only.  Discount for siblings - please advise when booking.

 

Booking

To book your junior into our coaching programme, or for more information, contact our coach Stephen via email at stephenmurtaghtc@gmail.com 

Assembly and Collection

 

  • The assembly and collection point for all coaching is at the tennis courts at the start/end of coaching.

  • In the interest of children’s safety, cars should park in the golf club main car park. Access to the tennis courts is by walking past the tee-box on hole 1 on the yellow course (to the right of the yellow hut) and then following the gravel path over to the side of the fairway, through the trees and on to the tennis courts. This walk takes about 5 minutes.

  • Please avoid parking in the private car parking space opposite the tennis courts or on the grass opposite the tennis courts. If golfers are teeing off please wait for golfers until they are finished and then walk down to the courts. The same applies on your return to the car park.

  • No children are to be dropped off by car on the main road.

  • Children must be collected unless other stated when booking.

What to bring

  • Rackets are available to use during coaching if needed - tennis balls also provided.

  • We recommend that you bring a water bottle to avoid children from leaving courts during the lesson.

  • Please wear appropriate clothing - classes will go ahead in light rain.

JUNIOR COACHING REFERENCE MATERIAL

Achievement Awards

When a red ball player (usually aged 5-7) joins our coaching programme, the aim is that before they progress to the orange ball they will complete the five skill awards which are detailed below.  Each time a level has been completed the child will be presented with a certificate by the coach.

For further information please below

Achievement Card

To track their own progress, students will also be asked to occasionally fill in an achievement card.

9+ Years Feedback Form

A report card of sorts. This will be presented to players aged 9-12 once per year in the programme and will allow the pupil to see the progress they've made and the areas on their game which may need more work.

12+ Years Goal Setting Sheet

As our juniors transition to the yellow ball and more competitive opportunities they will be encouraged to think more about their own game and journey in our fantastic sport.

ADDRESS

Donabate Portrane Tennis Club
c/o Donabate Golf Club

New Road,  Donabate, Co. Dublin.

Ireland.  K36 PK70

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