Schools Tennis

Tennis Ireland has recently launched Tennis for health and wellbeing the new School Tennis programme for primary and secondary schools.schools-tennis-ireland-logo-2016

At first sight tennis may not look like an obvious choice for delivery through the school PE programme.  Questions often arise such as, how can we play tennis with no nets?  Is it not dangerous with the hard tennis balls?  What about all the different ages and abilities?

The Schools Tennis Initiative offers teachers and schools resources to enable them to deliver tennis in PE classes with no nets and using modified equipment. It also links local coaches and clubs to schools and provides opportunities for all students to take part in FitHit events across Ireland

Sign up for your health and wellbeing school pack today! 

If you have any questions about the lesson plans, FitHit events or schools equipment contact Olwyn O’Toole Schools Development Officer 

Email:  Mobile: 086 3511423

If you  would like help with finding a coach or linking with a club in your area please contact your local Regional Development Officer:

Connacht Olwyn O’Toole Email: Mob: (087)7120756
Munster Lucy Penkova Email: Mob: (087) 6882286
Fingal Tara Congdon Email: Mob: (085)1076000
Rest of Leinster Peter Farrell Email: Mob: (086) 8228235
Ulster Lauren Smythe Email: Mob: 075 40466750

Each game has a link to a video where you can see the game in action.  The lesson plans are complemented by assessment cards that can be given to pupils at the start of the course, and which allow pupils to chart their progress.   Certificates are available for download and are great for presentation days.

We hope you will give your pupils the opportunity to try tennis in PE and feel free to contact us in Tennis Ireland if there is anything we can do to help make that happen!

Check out this short video to see the Games Strand of the PE Curriculum in action in a primary school PE class: 

Schools Tennis Demonstration from Tennis Ireland on Vimeo.

Attention all Coaches and Parks Organisers

In order to sign up to become a Schools Tennis Coach/Park Organiser, you must have the following in place:

  • Hold a level 1 (or higher) Tennis Ireland Coach Qualification;
  • Hold a Child Protection Certificate that is not older that 5 years (i.e. certificates held before 2008 are no longer valid);
  • Be able to provide evidence that you have been vetted within 3 years previously, (Garda Vetting or Access NI as appropriate – Applications completed before 2010 are no longer valid).