Tennis Ireland Coaches Association (TICA) Annual Conference

Tennis Ireland Coaches Association (TICA) Annual Conference

 Tennis Ireland Coaches Association (TICA) Annual Conference 

The Tennis Ireland Coaches Association (TICA) Annual Conference will take place at the National Tennis Centre DCU on Sunday 29th November. This event is the one time each year when all coaches have the opportunity to gather at one venue to hear from top international speakers on ways forward for tennis and tennis coaching. This year, 200 coaches from all around the country are expected, and that always leads to lively debate and interaction.

The Conference will be opened by Tennis Ireland CEO Des Allen and TICA Chairman Liam Cassidy. The rest of the day will be devoted to our two international speakers. The early evening will see the TICA AGM, with the election of officials to run the Association for the year ahead.

All coaches will shortly receive a registration form for the conference, and this will also be posted at for download.


The main speaker will be Rob Antoun.   


Rob is a former ATP world-ranked tennis player who has coached at an international level over a 16-year period, including two British Senior No.1-ranked players. From 1996 to 2001, he coached Hannah Collin, a British No. 1 junior who reached a top 15 junior world ranking and played Federation Cup for Britain. He also served as a national coach for the LTA from 1994 to 2002. He is a fully qualified LTA coach and a Tennis Europe and LTA coach education tutor. Rob holds a degree in psychology and in 2007 had his first book – ‘Women’s Tennis Tactics’ published by Human Kinetics.



Dave Miley will also speak on a new initiative by the world governing body – `Tennis 10s`. 


Dave is the ITF Executive Director of Tennis Development and is responsible for overseeing the juniors, veterans and wheelchair activities of the ITF as well as the ITF Development Programme. Since joining the ITF in 1991 he has visited over 100 countries advising National Associations, conducting coaches’ workshops and directing junior training programmes. Dave has been involved in the writing of many of the ITF’s coach education publications including: the Advanced Coaches Manual; the ITF Schools Tennis Initiative Teachers Manual; and the ITF’s “Being a Better Tennis Parent”. Dave has been a British LTA Level 3 Professional Coach since 1984, was Irish Men’s Doubles Champion in 1984 and 1987 and is a former captain of the Irish National Men’s Team.


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