Women in Tennis

Tennis Ireland secured funding from Sport Ireland to implement a programme to support the Women in Sport Policy, publicised in 2019. The Women in Sport Policy identifies four different areas (coaching & officiating, active participation, leadership & governance and visibility) that need to be improved upon to develop the overall landscape of women’s sport in Ireland. The Women in Tennis Programme began in February 2020, with research being undertaken to identify the behaviours and  attitudes in relation to women’s tennis in Ireland. This programme is in place to support and empower girls and women across Ireland to take up leadership roles within tennis in a playing, coaching, officiating and administrative capacity.

Equal Advantage Strategy

Equal Advantage Charter

Register your club for the Equal Advantage Charter HERE

Women in Sport Week 2023 – Features

Nicola McCormick – Women in Sport Week 2023 Feature

Donaghadee LTC Feature – WIS Week 2023


She Leads

Young Women Leadership Programme

Tennis Ireland is delighted to present our second cycle of ‘She Leads – Young Women Leadership Programme’. ‘She Leads’ will give representatives from each county of Ireland the opportunity to discuss and collaborate on how to grow tennis for young Irish women, empower future leaders in our sport and provide a platform for them to voice their opinions and bring about effective change. Representatives could be nominated by their clubs, potentially junior representatives on committees, junior captains or young committee members (i.e. potential future leaders in clubs).

This five-week programme will give participants a chance to learn more around goal setting, leadership, teen dropout, gender equality and networking all whilst interacting with their fellow participants and hearing from some fantastic guest speakers. Details on the programme, along with the application form can be found below:


  1. Goal Setting
  2. Leadership
  3. Teen dropout
  4. Gender Equality
  5. Networking


Please check back soon for updates.

Testimonials from Past Participants



Leaders in Tennis Webinar with Judy Murray and Helen Shields

Women in Tennis Club Webinar

High Performance Coaching Webinar with Sarah Stone

Management and Prevention of Common Tennis Injuries with Aoife O’Neill

Officiating Webinar with Julie Kjendlie (ITF Gold Certified Chair Umpire), Maggie Farrelly (Top Gaelic Football Referee) and Maria Kilkelly (Ireland’s Top Female Tennis Official)


Club Initiatives for Women in Tennis

Ballymena LTC_Celebrating and Promoting Women in Tennis

Interviews with Women in Tennis

The Lonergans

McCullough twins

Louise Bothwell

Rosa Stephens

Allen Sisters

Jo Anne Williamson


Women in Tennis_Coaching_Sinead Dunne

Women in Tennis_Tournament Officials_Bernie Morrissey

Humans of Tennis_Helen Doyle


Get Involved

For more information on women in tennis or how you and your club can get involved, please contact National Coordinator for Women in Tennis, Gráinne O’Neill on goneill@tennisireland.ie