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

 Andre Agassi -

The club runs weekly adult, junior and teen coaching for both 

Members and non Members.


For more information click below

Meet Our Coaches

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Anna O'Reilly

                                 Level 1 Coach

Anna qualified as a Tennis Ireland licensed coach (Level 1) in 2022 and set up Tennis Essence in September 2022 with a vision to spread the joy of tennis. She is passionate about the game and enjoys playing tennis both socially and competitively. She plays in the Dublin leagues and in open tournaments to challenge herself to play against different players in other clubs. 

Anna has been Garda vetted and has completed training in Child Protection and First Aid. She coaches adults and juniors in Donabate Portrane tennis club and adults in St. Anne’s tennis club. She also coaches after schools tennis and Enjoy Tennis sessions in St. Anne’s tennis club and Donabate Portrane Educate Together national school. 


If you are interested in booking tennis lessons or need any more information please contact Anna by email at or by WhatsApp at 087 957 4301.


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


Stephen Murtagh

Director of Coaching

Level 2 Coach


Stephen has over 10 years experience as a tennis coach and has been coaching in Donabate since 2016. He has coached all ages from 4yrs upwards including league teams up to class 3.   

Stephen has been a level 2 coach since 2013 and a certified Tennis Ireland Director of Tennis since 2015. He is the club's school co-ordinator with Tennis Ireland. Stephen is also certified as a specialist on the serve since 2021.

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

Adult Coaching

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 


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

Hugh at 086 0271320


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


There will also be a group for all skill levels 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

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, Stephen and he'll be happy to guide you in the right direction.



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



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 




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 Coaching

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. 


DPTC Junior Summer Camps

We are pleased to announce our 2024 summer camps are now open for booking.


The dates & times are as follows


July 1st-5th

July 8th-12th

July 15th-19th

August 19th-23rd


Red Ball (Ages 5-8) 9am-11am

€80 for members. €100 for non-members 


Orange Ball (Ages 9 & 10) 11am-2pm

Green Ball (Ages 10 & 11) 11am-2pm

€110 for members. €150 for non-members.


Yellow Ball (Ages 12-14) 2pm-4pm

€80 for members. €100 for non-members.


Also, for members only, ages 13-18:

Technical, Tactical & Tournament camp. 2pm-5pm. 

This camp is only suitable for players with some matchplay experience and knowledge of & willingness to use continental grip and take part in Agility & Acceleration exercises 

€ - TBC



For bookings, contact Stephen at 

€10 deposit required to book your spot.




Stephen Murtagh.

Director of Tennis.

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 


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 cool down.

  • 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.



To book your junior into our coaching programme, or for more information, contact our coach Stephen via email at 

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 do no park 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 otherwise agreed 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.


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.



We are grateful to our coaches Stephen & Anna for running a very successful 10 weeks of junior coaching this summer.


Thanks also to all juniors who took part.  The next term for junior members will start 3rd week in September, details will be emailed nearer the time. In the meantime our Coaches are available for private coaching, please contact them directly to arrange.

Click on link below to watch our virtual tennis video.

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