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Rescheduled Anti-Doping Educational Webinar – 5th of December 7-8pm

Table Tennis Ireland are hosting an educational Anti-Doping Webinar with Sport Ireland Anti-Doping unit. This session is open for all of our members on Monday the 5th of December from 7pm-8pm online, we look forward to providing a very useful session to our members. This session is free of charge for Table Tennis Ireland Members.

Anti-Doping forms a very important part of ensuring our sport is clean and fair, we can’t stress the importance of making sure that our Table Tennis Community are aware of Anti-Doping processes and procedures.

This webinar will be a very informative engaging session which will be useful to all of our members, including players, coaches, parents, NPC’s and clubs. This masterclass will provide an overview of what happens during a test for anti-doping, an overview of what substances are banned as of 2022 and some other useful information to know on anti-doping, such as therapeutic use exemption – in some instances an athlete may be given the authorization to use a prohibited substance or method.

We encourage all our athletes, parents, coaches, athlete support staff and all other interested members to sign up for the very important Anti-Doping Educational Webinars run by Sport Ireland Anti-Doping Unit.

To register for this webinar please email [email protected] and zoom details will be sent out to you prior to the session.

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Level 1 Coaching Course

We are delighted to announce that a Level 1 Coaching Course is taking place in Leinster in January 2023. 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 Trinity Comprehensive on Friday evening on the 20th of January, Full day on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd. The course will take place in Trinity Comprehensive Ballymun, D09TN22

  • Friday 20th Jan 6pm – 9.30pm 
  • Sat 21st Jan 9.30-5pm
  • Sun 22nd Jan 9.30 – 4pm

The cost for the course will be €100 for TTI Members or €120 for non-affiliated members.

To sign up for this course, please sign up on JustGo: https://tti.justgo.com/workbench/public/events?ref=BB8D53E0C021F05542296CA43113626B6A2762A6

Please contact the office ([email protected]) 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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Women in Sport – Coaching Conference on Saturday 3rd of December 2022

Sport Ireland are hosting an upcoming Women in Sport Coaching Conference, taking place on Saturday 3rd December from 9.45 – 4.00pm in the Grand Hotel Malahide. The conference has limited capacity, so register ASAP if you wish to attend. Registration has now opened to NGB’s and Sport Ireland will start promoting to the wider general public from Thursday 27th October.

Cost of registration is only €15. All attendees will receive a conference pack on arrival and free lunch will be provided.

To register to attend the Sport Ireland Women in Sport Coaching Conference please click here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/women-in-sport-coaching-conference-tickets-441495865017

The conference is targeting female coaches, and male coaches of female athletes/teams, from teenage to adult level and will include a day of presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions. Those in attendance can expect to hear from Irish and International keynote speakers, coaches and coaching professionals who will share their knowledge and tips to unlocking potential and creating environments where their athletes flourish. Talks/workshops on the day include:

  • Creating environments for athletes to flourish
  • Coaching teenage girls
  • Nutrition and menstrual cycle and the female athlete
  • Creating psychological safety in your training group
  • Creating the right culture
  • Coaching high-performance athletes
  • Plus, more topics on the day

Speakers already confirmed for the day include;

  1. Gail Donohue – A former national-level synchronized swimmer, Olympic and current coach, holds a science degree in kinesiology and is a Chartered Professional Coach. In addition, she is a Coach Developer and Coach Evaluator and has previously worked with the Canadian Institute of Sport around the well-being of high-performance coaches and on effective ways sport organizations can maintain positive relationships with their coaches.
  2. Sharon Madigan – Head of Nutrition for the Sport Ireland Institute since 2010 with responsibility for the co-ordination of nutrition support services to elite athletes and to a number of National Governing Bodies, for example, boxing, rowing, athletics, judo and cricket. Sharon also supervises research being undertaken on the topic of menstruation and sport and is an expert when it comes to the female athlete, nutrition and menstrual cycle.
  3. Greg McWilliams – Ireland Women’s Rugby Team Head Coach joins us for a panel discussion to talk through his methods of working with athletes to enhance their playing ability and enabling them to flourish.
  4. Sarah Kelleher – A former Ireland Hockey International captain with 127 caps, Sarah is coaching with the Irish Women’s Hockey team having previously coached the England U18 squads. Sarah will share her philosophy toward a flourishing model of coaching that truly looks at the holistic development of people, creating environments that allow individuals, teams and organisations to flourish.
  5. David Malone – Four-time Paralympian and gold medalist in the Sydney Paralympic Games. David is Performance Director for Paralympics Ireland and Head of Paraswimming. He is coach to a number of athletes, including Ellen Keane and was recently named Swim Ireland Performance Coach of the Year.

More speakers to be announced in the coming weeks, keep an eye out on Sport Ireland’s Social Medias.

Make sure to register for this event ASAP. Don’t miss out on this exciting conference.

We hope to see some of our table tennis coaches at this fantastic event and opportunity.

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Coaching Course – 19th of November in Ballymun


We are delighted to announce that we are hosting an introductory coaching course, known as the “Teachers Award” in November in Ballymun.

This course will take place in Trinity Comprehensive, Ballymum Dublin. The course will be taking place on Saturday 19th of November 11am – 2pm.

The cost for the course has been subsidized by Table Tennis Ireland and will cost €30 per person. Coaches will all receive a coaching manual to assist with coaching going forward. Coaches will also receive a coaching certificate on completion of the course.

The teachers award course requires a lot of engagement and practical work in order to develop basic knowledge and skills for coaching table tennis.

You do not need to have a background in playing table tennis. This course is a fun and enjoyable course suitable for all everyone including parents, teachers, older adults, multi-sport coaches, club administrators and any with any interest in sport and physical activity.

Places for the course are limited so register now before the course is filled. Register here: https://tti.justgo.com/workbench/public/events?ref=1B632046F78D64E933FA12F576F235DB2D197491

If you have any questions on the course, please email [email protected]

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Coaching Course in Leinster, Saturday 15th of October

We are delighted to announce that we are hosting an introductory coaching course, known as the “Teachers Award” in October in Dublin.

This course will take place in Loop Table Tennis Club – Ardscoil La Salle, Raheny Rd, Donaghmede, Raheny Dublin. The course will be taking place on Saturday 15th of October from 11am – 2pm.

The cost for the course has been subsidised by Table Tennis Ireland and will cost €30 per person. Coaches will all receive a coaching manual to assist with coaching going forward. Coaches will also receive a coaching certificate on completion of the course.

The teachers award course requires a lot of engagement and practical work in order to develop basic knowledge and skills for coaching table tennis. You do not need to have a background in playing table tennis. This course is a fun and enjoyable course suitable for all everyone including parents, teachers, older adults, multi-sport coaches, club administrators and any with any interest in sport and physical activity.

Places for the course are limited so register now before the course is filled. Register here: https://tti.justgo.com/workbench/public/events?ref=3AA78F2C88BF6111A1531C87608C13CDFD9FFF23

If you have any questions on the course, please email [email protected]

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ICOACHKIDS Regional Coaching Conferences September 2022

As the season is approaching, you may be interested in some upskilling to aid with the new season. As part of the European Week of Sport, Sport Ireland Coaching in partnership with the LSP Network and the Sport Ireland Participation Unit is holding a series of ICOACHKIDS Regional Coaching Conferences for coaches of children and teenagers. We would encourage Table Tennis Ireland Coaches to attend one of the conferences if it is possible to do so.

If we are going to attract children and teenagers and keep them engaged in sport and physical activity (PA), we need to consider how sport and PA is perceived, how it is delivered and what we value. ICOACHKIDS believe in this, and will be the theme of discussion of the various coaching conferences.

Four (4) ICOACHKIDS Regional Coaching Conferences will be taking place in the following locations in conjunction with LSPs in their region, between 1-4 September 2022:

  • Donegal – Thursday 01 September 2022, 18:30 – 21:30
  • Sligo – Friday 02 September 2022, 18:30 – 21:30
  • Limerick – Saturday 03 September 2022, 9:30-13:30
  • Waterford – Sunday 04 September 2022, 9:30-13:30

Please consider attending the conference closest to where you live. You can learn more about ICOACHKIDS Regional Coaching Conferences and how to register at the following link.

https://www.sportireland.ie/icoachkids-regional-coaching-conferences

Please note that places are limited in each venue, so register early. The cost of registration is €10.

We hope you can attend one of the ICOACHKIDS Regional Coaching Conferences, if there is one close to you.

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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!