Tennis Ireland Strikes Gold – ITF Recognition of Coach Education

Tennis Ireland Strikes Gold – ITF Recognition of Coach Education

The International Tennis Federation has confirmed, today, that it will be renewing Tennis Ireland’s Gold Award Standard in Coaches Education, confirming that the organisation is currently one of only 18 countries in the World that meets the Gold Award quality standard set by the World Governing Body in relation to Coach Education.

The ITF recognition is based on criteria and standards that were agreed by the ITF Task Force on Coach Education involving the Directors of Coach Education from the top ITF member nations and subsequently endorsed by the ITF Coaches’ Commission and the ITF Board of Directors.

Towards the end of 2013, the International Tennis Federation first recognised Tennis Ireland’s Coaches Education system as having met the quality standards set at Gold Level. The recognition was for 4 years and expired in December 2017.

In January 2018 Tennis Ireland was invited to reapply for the 2018 – 2021 Cycle and today were informed of the result of the assessment process.

Roger Geraghty, Director of Development is naturally very pleased with the award and said “I’m delighted that Tennis Ireland has, once again, been recognised by the ITF for the standard of its Coach Education programme.  The award is a testament to the hard work put in to the programme by our staff, tutors and the members of the Coaching and Technical Committee.

Chief Executive, Richard Fahey, outlined “I’m delighted that the ITF have renewed our Gold Award Accreditation.  Good Coaches develop good players and without a good coach education system we will not develop good coaches.  Therefore, it is important that Tennis Ireland continues to support the ongoing development of coaches through the delivery of quality education opportunities and programmes”.