Play and Stay Assistant Course

Qualifying as a tennis coach can lead to exciting full or part-time career opportunities – at home or abroad.  Tennis Ireland is the National Governing Body of the game this country.  We have in place a comprehensive, up to date and highly regarded coaches training system.  The `Play and Stay Assistant` award is the first rung on the ladder, and we are delighted that you are interested in finding out more about this course.

Candidates who successfully complete the course:

  • Will be able to assist qualified tennis coaches in teaching the game in clubs, schools and parks. Subject to the agreement made with the coach you are assisting, you may be paid for this work.
  • Will be eligible to become Associate Members of the Tennis Ireland Coaches Association, the official representative body for Tennis Ireland coaches. (See
  • Should you decide to go on to the next stage of the coaching ladder (the Level One Coaches Training Course), you will have built up a lot of knowledge and experience that will help you on the Level One.


Who Can Sign Up For This Course?

In order to register, you must be aged 16 or over on the day you sign the course application form.

What Does The Course Involve?

There are two main parts to the course:

1. PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE – You will need to satisfactorily complete a total of 20 hours work experience with a Tennis Ireland qualified Level 1, 2 or 3 coach.  After each session you will type into a logbook a short report on the session and your involvement in it.  At the end of the 20 hours you email the completed logbook to Tennis Ireland.

2. KNOWLEDGE OF THEORY – The online study part of the course consists of presentations from the e-learning programme of the first two Modules of our Level 1 Course and three videos on Child Protection awareness.  Participants having studied the videos must take the online quizzes related to the presentations and score a minimum mark of 70% in the first quiz and 100% in the Child Protection quiz in order to pass the online component.  Participants must also complete 20 logged hours with a Tennis Ireland Qualified and Licensed Coach.  The completed logbook needs to be submitted to the National Assessor with Tennis Ireland who will decide on the outcome of the task.

Completing The Course

There is no time limit by when you must complete the course.  You can gain the work experience, study the online presentations and answer the quizzes at your own pace.  This course has been designed to fit around your other commitments.

You will be awarded your Play and Stay Certificate when:

  1. Your completed logbook has been received.
  2. Tennis Ireland has received confirmation from the coach with whom you gained the practical experience that you have satisfactorily completed the work experience.
  3. You have scored 70% in the quiz related to the online presentations.
  4. You have scored 100% in the Child Protection Quiz.


What Should I Do Next?

Download the `Application Form for Play and Stay Assistant Course` (below).  Complete the form and return it to us, with your course fee (€75EUR/£70GBP).  Be sure to enclose the other documents referred to in the Application Form, which can also be downloaded from below.

As soon as we receive your completed documents we will be in touch to help you get started.  We hope you decide to sign up, and look forward to working with you on the course.

Course Fee

The course fee is €75EUR or £70GBP.  Participants may also pay the EUR fee over the phone (Tennis Ireland: PH: 01 8844010) using a credit card.


Type Title Size Date
 application/pdf Application Form for Play and Stay Assistant Course 173 kbs 22nd April 2010
 application/pdf Tennis Ireland Garda Vetting Verification of Identification Form 476 kbs 15th June 2016
 application/pdf New Parent Guardian Consent Form 312 kbs 15th June 2016
 application/pdf Garda Vetting Invitation Application 447 kbs 14th February 2017
application/pdf confirmation-of-participation-by-coach   14th February 2017