Schools Tennis

Tennis Ireland has recently developed an exciting new School Tennis Initiative Programme.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?

In order to show how easy it is to offer a different sport as part of the games strand, and to introduce a fantastic sport to as wide an audience as possible, Tennis Ireland has developed its new Schools Tennis Initiative with a programme which launched in September of 2012.

Schools who become involved in the programme can organise coaching programmes either as after-school clubs or during the curriculum time with their local coach.  All Tennis Ireland coaches work from the Tennis Ireland school lessons plans, a set of lesson plans that work directly from the games strand of the curriculum.  For schools that are perhaps not in a position to pay for a coach, the plans can be downloaded free of charge from the Tennis Ireland website.

Sign up your school today!  Please select the region in which your school is based to be directed to the correct online form:

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.  Substantially discounted equipment, such as the red balls and mini rackets are also available from Wilson.

If you have any questions about the lesson plans or would like help with finding a coach or getting access to equipment please contact your local Regional Development Officer:

Connacht Garrett Barry Email: Mob: (087) 2935322
Munster Conor O’Callaghan 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

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).

Should you wish to sign up with Tennis Ireland as a Schools Tennis Coach/Park Organiser, please submit your details and we will contact you to confirm and send you on the login details for the Lesson Plans: Click here!

Equipment Support from Wilson for the Tennis Ireland Schools Initiative Programme

Wilson has come on board to offer a Schools Tennis Equipment Pack that can be used by teachers and coaches to implement the Tennis Ireland Schools Tennis Initiative Lesson Plans.  The pack can be ordered by individual Schools directly by completing the order form at the bottom of this page and returning to  Your order will then be placed with Wilson, following which a customer service agent from Wilson will be in touch to process payment.

The pack from Wilson includes the following:

  • A mixture of 30 Mini tennis rackets 21”, 23”, 25” only (10 of each)
  • 3 Dozen Mini tennis balls Mix of Red & Orange
  • 1 Pack of throw down Lines (pack of 24)
  • 3 Packs of throw down Spots (pack of 6) = 18
  • Safety markers (set of 50)

The cost to Schools for the Wilson pack including, VAT, delivery charge and a 35% discount is €344.34.  This is an excellent opportunity for schools to launch the Tennis Ireland Schools Initiative Programme and we thank Wilson for the support.

If you have any difficulty with your order, please get in touch with the Tennis Ireland office at 01-8844010 who will provide you with an alternative arrangement for your order.

Type Title Size Date
 xls Tennis Ireland Schools Order Form 30 kbs 11th February 2015