Tennis Ireland Ulster Branch would encourage anyone interested in becoming a Tennis Ireland Coach to register for this course. From April 2020 Tennis Ireland Ulster Branch will only use Tennis Ireland Licensed Coaches in their performance academies and other funded programmes. Clubs wishing to achieve Clubmark accreditation will also require to have a Tennis Ireland Licensed Coach in their club.
Venue: Belfast (club/venue tbc)
Module 1 21 – 25 October 2019
Module 2 16 – 21 December 2019
Module 3 17-21 February 2020
All applicants must fill in the Level 1 Application Form to register your interest for the course.
In addition, all applicants must be Access NI Enhanced Checked to be accepted onto the course.
The level one is divided into three modules:
Module 1 – Red Court – 30 contact hours and additional online learning
(Tennis Assistant One)
Module 2 – Orange/Green Court – 30 contact hours and additional online learning
(Tennis Assistant Two)
Module 3 – Orange/Green/Full Court – 40 contact hours and additional online learning
(Level One Coach)
The three modules cover the Active Start, the Fundamental & part of the Learning to Play & Practice Phases of the Tennis Ireland Long -Term Player Development Pathway and the Tennis Ireland Play and Stay Programme. (Children 0-12 years of age and beginner teenagers and adults from ITN 8 – 10)
The course will be delivered through a combination of 100 contact hours with a Tennis Ireland Tutor, a series of online learning tasks and 30 Internship hours with a Tennis Ireland qualified coach Logged in a Logbook provided by the course organisers.
The assessment process:
During the 3 Modules, there will be a series of online tests associated with the online learning component and participants will need to score 90% in each test to complete the task.
There will be three practical assessments, a feeding/demonstration test and five online quizzes. Continuous assessment is conducted by the course Tutor and submitted to the assessor at the end of each Module.
In Module 1, Participants must pass the practical exam and the related online quizzes to advance to Module 2.
In addition, by the end of the full Level 1 Programme, all participants must complete a logbook of thirty logged hours with a Tennis Ireland certified coach. (Ten Red Court, Ten Orange Court & Ten Green Court). We strongly recommend that participants complete the ten red court hours before they advance to Module 2. Participants also need to complete a reflective journal related to the on line video presentations.
In Module 2, Participants must pass the practical exam and the related online quizzes to be certified at Module 2 but in order to advance to Module 3 they must also pass a feeding/demonstration assessment. In addition, by the end of the full Level 1 Programme, all participants must complete a logbook of thirty logged hours with a Tennis Ireland certified coach. (Ten Red Court, Ten Orange Court & Ten Green Court). We strongly recommend that participants complete the ten Orange/Green court hours with the appropriate pupils before they advance to Module 3. Participants also need to complete the reflective journals related to the on line video presentations in each Module.
NOTE: The course tutor may grant exemptions from the feeding/demonstration test to certain candidates, who will not have to take this element of the assessment process, based on their abilities as assessed by the tutor during Module 1.
In Module 3, candidates must pass the practical assessment, the related online quizzes and submit a satisfactory logbook covering the full 30 hours on court experience with players of the relevant age and standard. NB. The full completed Logbook should be submitted one week before the Module 3 Practical assessments are due to commence. Failure to do so will result in delay of the overall results.
Participants will also need to have completed the reflective journals related to the on line video presentations.
In addition, the Child Protection Awareness Training, the vetting process, the First Aid and Defibrillator training must be completed before a participant can be awarded a Level 1 coaching qualification.
First Aid and Defibrillator training needs to be completed with a recognised provider from the list provided by Tennis Ireland.
Participants who fail at their first attempt at each module will be given an opportunity to repeat once. Participants who fail on their second attempt can reapply for the following year but must either repeat the full contact time on the Module or sign up to the Mentoring Programme. (See Mentoring Programme, below)
The written tests are taken online. The pass mark is 90% and a candidate has 10 attempts at achieving the required score.
A candidate who requires special arrangements to be put in place for the written tests (e.g. dyslexic candidate) should inform the office of these requirements in writing well in advance of the course commencement date so that we can ensure every effort is made to facilitate him or her.
There is Continuous Assessment through out the course which is provided to the Course Assessor before the end of each Module.
Cost per Module:
Module 1 – €400 Module 2 – €600 Module 3 – €600
Cost to repeat a Module:
Module 1 practical repeat – €100. Module 2 practical repeat – €100. Module 3 practical repeat – €100. Playing Test repeat only – €30
Participants completing Module 1 will be eligible to work as a Tennis Assistant One under the direction of a Tennis Ireland certified Coach.
Participants completing Module 2 will be eligible to work as a Tennis Assistant Two under the direction of a Tennis Ireland certified Coach.
Participants completing Module 3 will be eligible to work alone in a club as a Level 1 Coach.
To find out more details on the course and the costs involved please contact Roger Geraghty at Mobile 0035386 2316478 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) member – please see below
Tennis Ireland has provided for a limited timeframe, an opportunity for PTR members to be assimilated into the Tennis Ireland Coaches Education Programme. The process is outlined below:
Participants will first take the online theory presentations and the relevant online tests for each presentation. Participants need a minimum score of 90% to pass the tests. There are a series of multiple choice questions on each test. Once the participants pass the online quiz they can participate in the course contact time with the appointed Tutor.
The contact hours will involve attendance and participation in 50 hours of the 100 hours of contact hours during the 3 Modules of the Level 1 Course. There will be 3 Practical assessments at the end of the Tutor contact time. One at the end of each Module.
THE ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE
- A group of no more than four 6- 8 year olds in the Mini Court – Red Court – 30 minutes.
- A group of no more than six teenagers or adults in the Green Court – 30 minutes.
- An individual lesson with an U9 quality player – 30 minutes.
- A Demonstration and feeding test.
- A series of online mini quizzes related to the online presentations.
Each Participant will deliver 15 Internship hours with a Tennis Ireland qualified coach Logged in a Logbook provided by the course organisers.
Break down of the Internship Period
- 5 hours experience in the Play & Stay Red Court (Mini Tennis) Programme
- 5 hours experience in the Play & Stay Green Programme
- 5 hours experience with an U9 Orange Court (Midi Tennis) quality club player (one of the best u9 players in the club either in an individual or group situation).
A Logbook will be provided to the trainee coaches with relevant information for each 5 hour segment. The Tennis Ireland Licensed Coach will need to sign off on successful completion of the Logged hours.
The cost for the course including the online Modules, the 6 days with the course Tutor and the assessment procedure is €790. The cost of any repeat assessment is €75.
NB – All online quizzes are free and can be taken as many times as it takes to achieve 90% in each quiz.
If a participant fails any of the assessment procedures and feel they needed more time with a Mentor to provide more training before they apply for a re-sit, we have a list of Mentors in the various Regions who can be contacted to assist with the development of the necessary skills. Payment for this process is between the Mentor and the Participant.
LOGGING INTO THE ONLINE PART OF THE COURSE
Login details will be provided when participants sign up for the course.
SAFEGUARDING & VETTING
All participants must produce evidence of having attended Child Protection Awareness Training and that they have been vetted either by the Garda or Access NI.
PTR members wishing to apply for the Level One Course or if you require any further details please contact me at the number below.
Roger Geraghty, Director of Development & National Children’s Officer