October 2013 Newsletter

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tennis ireland ezine

Welcome to this months eZine

October 2013

In this months ezine we look at Ireland’s first round tie in the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas campaign, include detail on how to register for OSCAR the online Sports Capital programme, and tips on how to improve your tennis game…..

Ireland to face Belarus in 2014 Davis Cup

Ireland v Belarus in the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas

The BNP Paribas Irish Davis Cup Team will play Belarus away in the first round of the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Euro/Africa Zone Group II after the draw was announced on Monday afternoon at the ITF Headquarters in London.
The first round tie which takes place from the 31st January – 2nd February 2014 is likely to be hosted in Minsk with the winners to face either Egypt or Moldova in the second round in April (4-6) which will be a home tie for Ireland.
Belarus narrowly maintained its status in the Europe/Africa Group II after edging Tunisia 3-2 in the relegation play-off in Tunis in April of this year. Egor Gerasimov (ATP ranking 290) won the all-important fifth-rubber for the visitors, defeating Mohamed Haythem Abid in a thrilling five-setter.
The Belarus team to face Ireland is likely to be led by Max Miryni who has a current ATP doubles ranking of 26 and who has played the most ties for his Country in Davis Cup (47 ties over 20 years).
Ireland last played Belarus at home in 1997 when the team of Owen Casey, Scott Barron, Eoin Collins and Tom Hamilton were defeated 4-1 at the tie which took place in David Lloyd Riverview, Clonskeagh.

Further details on the tie will be available on our website www.tennisireland.ie after the 2nd December once the Belarus Federation release details of the tie venue.



Save on your car insurance

Tennis Ireland members can avail of our highly competitive insurance products e.g. car insurance premiums starting from as low as €248*.


 To get a quote today, please go to www.aigdirect.ie/tennis  or alternatively call our Tennis Ireland team on 1890 27 27 27 and say you are a Tennis Ireland member to avail of your discount!  Alternatively email directcarinsurance.ie@aig.com  and a member of our team will contact you.


 *For Example – €248 is a premium for comprehensive cover for a 42 year old person whose occupation is an accountant and has a 5 year no claims bonus, cover is for the insured and spouse, driving a 2007 year old vehicle, petrol 1.4 litre with a value of €6,000 living in the Dublin 6W area and for social domestic and pleasure use.        


Price correct Jan 13






(Online Sports Capital Register)

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has introduced a new online system called OSCAR (Online Sports Capital Register) for organisations that in the future would be applying for sports capital funding. Any organisation that does not register online with OSCAR will not be eligible to apply under the next and indeed future rounds of Sports Capital funding.

OSCAR will also allow groups to view previous grants and payments, change contact details, seek payment of a grant and otherwise communicate with the Department online.


For further information and to register online please visit www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie




Coach licensing scheme 2014


In order for a coach to be eligible for licensing in 2014, the coach must satisfy the following criteria:


1. Amass a minimum of 100 points under the regulations of the Tennis Coach Ireland Continuous Professional Development Programme for 2013.

2.Hold a Child Protection Certificate that is not older than 5 years (ie certificates held before 2008 are no longer valid). 

To update your certificate you can review the 3 presentations on Tennis Ireland’s website and complete the online: https://www.tennisireland.ie/clubs/child_protection/useful_resources 

3. Must be able to provide evidence that you have been vetted within 3 years previously, Garda Vetted or Access NI as appropriate

(Applications completed before 2010 are no longer valid).


Closing date for renewal of Garda Vetting applications and Child Protection is 31st December 2013.

What is the licence fee?

There is an administration fee of €20 for your licence, payable to Tennis Ireland. Payment can be made via cheque, postal order, card or bank draft.

How long is the licence vaild for?

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




Tennis Tips

For some time Peter Farrell, one of Ireland’s most experienced coaches, has been writing articles on how to improve your tennis game.


Tennis Ireland has collated all the articles in one place on our website and you can view the materials here


We have recently uploaded the first dozen or so articles. More will be added on a regular basis, until the page contains a complete instructional series on all aspects of the game. Peter would welcome your feedback and ideas on topics you would like him to include in the future – please contact Peter by email peter.farrell@tennisireland.ie.


If you think these pieces would be of interest to other members of your club, please feel free to link to them from your website, print copies and put them on your notice board, or include them in your newsletters.


Child Protection compliancy

Tennis Ireland has set in place a Child Protection Club Compliancy Programme for 2013/2014. 

It is critical that our affiliated clubs are compliant with this Programme and details on the programme can be found here.


When you have achieved all requirements, please let the office know by filing out the questionnaire and we will recognise your achievement in this very important area.


If you would like any information or advice on the requirements or indeed anything to do with Child Protection, please contact

Tara Congdon at 01-8844010 or  Roger Geraghty at 086-2316478.




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