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Level 1 Coaching Course – Leinster

We are seeking expressions of interest for those who are interested in doing a level 1 coaching course in Leinster, at the end of this month.

This course will take place in Leinster on Friday evening on the 29th of April, Full day on Saturday 30th of April and Sunday 1st of May. The course venue is still to be confirmed.

Please contact the office ([email protected]) to be included on this course, and for any further details that you may require about the course. Places are limited and are filling up fast, register now to secure a place.

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Tribute to John Bridgeman

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Johnny Bridgeman, a former top senior player, coach and volunteer, and friend of all who had the good fortune to meet him.

The peak of Johnny’s playing career was during the halcyon days of the 1970s when Table Tennis was regularly reported on in the papers and international players were well known by the public, the era of Caffrey and Langan, when tournaments played out across the Ireland every weekend. He fought many battles on a table tennis table and won more than his fair share. As young man, Johnny played in the famous Crofton club on Suffock Street, in the centre of Dublin.

As well as being in the top cadre of players during that period, Johnny was recognised as one of the best tacticians in the game, a skill he used as a coach. In the 1980s, Johnny became the head coach and leader of Baldoyle TT club, a junior club that developed many underage boys and girls who represented their club, province, schools and country. The club enjoyed an equal mix of boys and girls, many of whom still play, including several para players due to the proximity to the hospital in Baldoyle on the Willie Nolan Road. The friendliness and inclusivity of the club was legendary, and this was due to Johnny’s good nature.

In the 1990s Johnny’s interest grew in the Para side of the game and his shrewd tactical insights and motivational skills helped to shape Irish Para teams that travelled abroad and won many victories.

For those who knew Johnny well, they will remember his stories of bygone games and players, and the sing-alongs for which he was famous. For past members of the Baldoyle TT club, they will remember a generous and wise man who freely gave them countless hours and enriched their teenage years.

TTI offers its deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Reposing in Jennings Funeral Home, Springdale Road, Raheny on Tuesday evening 22nd February from 5pm to 7pm. Removal on Wednesday morning to St Lawernce O’ Toole Church, Baldoyle, arriving for Funeral Mass at 12.30pm followed by Burial in St Fintan’s Cemetery.

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Level 1 Coaching Course – Ulster

We are delighted to announce that a Level 1 Coaching Course is taking place in Ulster in February. Successful candidates will receive a coaching certificate and will be included on the TTI Coaching database. Candidates should be aged 16 years and over.

This course will take place in Ulster on Friday evening on the 4th February, Full day on Saturday and Sunday 5/6th February. The course will take place in Ormeau Table Tennis Club (113 The Mount, Belfast BT5 4ND, United Kingdom)

The cost for the course will be substantially subsidised by Table Tennis Ulster. Each candidate is only required to pay a nominal charge of £20.

Please contact the office ([email protected]) to be included on this course, and for any further details that you may require about the course. Places are limited and are filling up fast, register now to secure a place.

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Communication and Leadership Webinar – Monday 17th of January

Table Tennis Ireland are delighted to announce that we are resuming our online coaching seminars in 2022. We wish to advise you that the next Coaching Webinar will take place on Monday 17th of January at 7.20pm, this webinar will finish by 9pm. This webinar is free of charge to all TTI members, players, coaches, officials and volunteers.


We are delighted to announce that we will have Andy Burke from Blue Vista, who will be discussing the topic of Leadership and Communication Skills within Coaching. During this 90-minute session Andy will cover topics in various areas, such as; Developing Leadership Skills and awareness, Engaging & managing your teams, communication skills and much more. We are very excited to be hosting Andy for this session.


This is a webinar not to be missed! To register, please email [email protected] by 5pm Friday 14th January and we will send you login details for the webinar by Monday 17th of January.  A CPD Certificate will be issued to those who attend!

Coaching Opportunities with Team Ireland

Coaching Webinar Tuesday 25th of May at 7.30pm

Table Tennis Ireland wishes to advise you that the next Coaching webinar will take place on Tuesday 25th of May at 7.30pm.  There is no charge for affiliated members of TTI to attend the webinar.


We are delighted to announce that we will have Physio Sinead Chambers (Lead Physio to the UK Para Badminton Team), currently preparing for Tokyo 2021 and based in Sheffield. Sinead is a Commonwealth Games Badminton player who played mixed doubles with her brother Ciaran at 2018 event at the Gold Coast.


Secondly, we have Nutritionist Lisa Murphy from NutriKate who has previously worked with our female members. Lisa has an in-depth experience of working with many different athletes, teams and coaches. She will provide our coaches with nutritional advice and tips which will be practical advice to pass onto their players within their club.


This is not a webinar not to be missed! To register, please email [email protected] by 12pm Monday the 24th of May and we will send you login details for the webinar.  A CPD Certificate will be issued to those who attend!

Coaching Opportunities with Team Ireland

Next Coaching Webinar, Tuesday 25th May

Table Tennis Ireland wishes to advise you that the next Coaching webinar will take place on Tuesday 25th of May at 7.30pm. We are delighted to announce that we will have a physio and a nutritionist in to discuss areas that can help coaches and players on when we return to play and events.


Next week, we will announce who the mystery guest speakers are. So, make sure to keep an eye out on our website and social medias for more information on this most recent webinar in our Coaching series.


This is not a webinar to miss! To register, please email [email protected] by 12pm Monday the 24th of May and we will send you login details for the webinar.  A CPD Certificate will be issued to those who attend!

Coaching Opportunities with Team Ireland

Seeking Expressions of Interest for Level 2 TTI Coaching Course

We are seeking expressions of interest from those who wish to complete a Level 2 TTI Coach Course which is accredited by Sport Ireland Coaching. It is proposed that the theory/classroom-based aspects of the course would be conducted via an online platform, over a number of days, with the practical aspects of the course taking place separately, on two days, with candidates being assessed on those days. The requirements for potential candidates are that they will need access to the internet, and a computer/phone/laptop equipped for sound and vision.

Please note that candidates must have completed the TTI Level 1 course and have 2 years (minimum coaching experience) and be aged 18 years or above, however, subject to space, potential candidates who fulfil most criteria may be considered for admission by the Coach Developers.

The cost of the course has not been finalised due to the online element still to be confirmed; however, it is expected to be in the range of £140-£180/ €160-€200

Please contact the office ([email protected]) with your name, your club and when your level 1 course was completed to express your interest in completing the TTI Level 2 course, and for any further details about the course

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Level 1 Coaching Course Online, 16th January

Reminder – Closing date for enrolling on Level 1 Coaching course (Connacht) closes Tuesday 12th January at 1pm.  Applicants from anywhere in Ireland are welcome. To book onto the course, please send an email to Shauna – [email protected] by 1pm Tuesday 12th of January 2021.

We are rescheduling a Level 1 coaching course, with the theory taking place online, commencing on Saturday 16th of January 2021. Please see below some further details on the course:

·       The theory section of the course will take place online via Zoom on Saturday 16th of January 2021 from 10:00 – 17:00

·       The written exam will take place on a date to be arranged

·       We will confirm the subsequent date/details for demonstration/practical session as soon as possible, once it is safe to do so

·       The course fee is €70 for affiliated members and €120 for non-members. Please note it costs €15 to affiliate as a Coach with Table Tennis Ireland

To book onto the course, please send an email to Shauna at  [email protected] by 1pm Tuesday 12th of January 2021. Please note that we will need approx. 10 candidates on the course in order that it can proceed as planned.

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Level 1 Coaching course online (Connacht)

Reminder – Closing date for enrolling on Level 1 Coaching course (Connacht) closes this week  

We are rescheduling a Level 1 coaching course, with the theory taking place online, commencing on Saturday 16th of January 2021. Please see below some further details on the course:

·       The theory section of the course will take place online via Zoom on Saturday 16th of January 2021 from 10:00 – 17:00

·       The written exam will take place on a date to be arranged

·       We will confirm the subsequent date/details for demonstration/practical session as soon as possible, once it is safe to do so

·       The course fee is €70 for affiliated members and €120 for non-members. Please note it costs €15 to affiliate as a Coach with Table Tennis Ireland

To book onto the course, please send me an email to [email protected] by 1pm Thursday 7th of January 2021. Please note that we will need approx. 10 candidates on the course in order that it can proceed as planned.

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Coaching Webinar Tuesday 19th January

COACHING WEBINAR – International TT on the Move

Tuesday 19 January 2021 at 8.00 – 9.30pm 

Hear from two of Ireland’s greatest TT ambassadors as they inform and educate us in the global changes going on (both Profile and Technique);  Jonny Cowan (ITTF European Marketing Manager) and John Murphy (National Head Coach-Able-Bodied, Table Tennis Australia Ltd) 

Please reply to Shauna Fox ([email protected]) no later than Thursday 14th January if you wish to attend and receive Zoom Joining Instructions; also submit questions or suggestions to [email protected].

HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR,

Alan Strong (TTI Coaching Manager)