Licensing of Coaches

From January 1st 2013, Tennis Ireland began to distinguish between two sets of coaches – `licensed coaches` and `unlicensed coaches`.

All individuals or organisations that employ or contract coaches  (e.g. clubs, schools, individual players) are urged to employ only licensed coaches.  This new development is supported by Tennis Coach Ireland (TCI).  To review the criteria for the 2020 Coach Licensing Scheme please see below.

WHY A LICENSING SCHEME?

  1. Before 2013, no distinction could be drawn between coaches who qualified many years ago, and may not have given a lesson in a long time, and those dedicated and active coaches who ensure that they are up to date with all new developments.
  2. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has recently developed a system with which they give their official seal of approval (as the World Governing Body) to the coaches training and qualification programmes in member countries.  The ITF recognises that Tennis Ireland have established a Coaches Education system that meets the quality standards set by the ITF.  ITF membership comprises of over 200 nations, and Ireland became only the 12th nation to achieve this recognition in Coach Education, and the first of the “smaller” nations to do so.  ITF recognition further distinguishes a Tennis Ireland coach in the marketplace as ‘the coach of choice’ to prospective employers.
  3. Licensing schemes are in place in many countries, and are seen as ‘best practice’ in tennis coaching.

 

WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR 2020?

In order for a coach to be eligible for licensing in 2020, the coach must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Amass a minimum of 100 points under the regulations of the TCI Continuous Professional Development Programme for 2019.
  2. Hold a Child Protection/Safeguarding Certificate that is not older than 5 years (i.e. certificates held before 2015 are no longer valid). From 2020 Safeguarding certificates will be valid for 3 years with the online refresher extending this by a further 3 years. To update your certificate, you can complete the Safeguarding 1 Online Refresher with Sport Ireland here or Sport Northern Ireland here. If you have a refresher certificate, you must also hold the original Child Protection/Safeguarding Certificate.
  3. Be able to provide evidence that you have been vetted within the previous 3 years; Garda Vetting or Access NI as appropriate.  Applications completed before 2017 are no longer valid.

 N.B. it is important that when stakeholders request evidence of a coach’s license, that they also check the Coach’s Garda Vetting disclosure and Safeguarding Cert to ensure they do not expire during the year in question.

If either tasks expire, it is the responsibility of the Stakeholder taking on the coach to work with children and young people and the Coach to ensure both Garda Vetting and Safeguarding are kept up to date.

WHAT IS MY LICENSE FEE?

There is a fee of €20 for your license, payable to Tennis Ireland.  Payment can be made via card over the phone, cheque, postal order or bank draft.

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR MY LICENSE?

Apply for your License by clicking here  https://zfrmz.eu/2lF60qsaLQvHjvESQFYs

 

You will be contacted about payment once all your documents have been validated by Tennis Ireland.

FOR HOW LONG DOES A LICENSE REMAIN VALID?

The license scheme runs on an annual basis, and so the license is valid from January 1st to December 31st of the year in question.

List of 2020 LICENSED COACHES

Tennis Ireland – 2020 Licensed Coaches