Tennis like all other racket sports provides an excellent means to keep fit. It can greatly improve a person’s speed, reflexes and hand eye co-ordination. It also provides a marvellous manner by which students can get rid of excess stress. Pressure from public exams such as the Junior and Leaving Certificate can leave students mentally drained; therefore afterschool activities such as tennis come highly recommended. It is a sport for life, extremely sociable and a big asset in personal development. The Terenure College tennis facilities are second to none. The pupil’s are provided with six ‘top of the range courts’, two of which are flood lit.
In order to facilitate a player’s learning skills and advancement in this sport our very experienced coach Brian Kearney will encourage them to advance through the various stages of the sport and allow them to greatly improve their game. The boys are separated according to age, ability, friends etc. Every effort is made to have every boy comfortable within his group.
Tennis is available to pupils a total of six days of the week. This provides students great freedom to attend tennis practice without limiting them to just one sport (the school also has excellent facilities in other sports such as rugby, swimming, etc.). The Junior School tennis is played for 45 minutes Monday to Friday, either at lunchtime or directly after school at 3.00 p.m. Senior School tennis is played directly after school for 1 hour, Monday to Friday and also on Sunday afternoons from 2.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Tennis competition charts will be put up in every classroom from 4th Class to 4th Year, promoting friendly challenges among the boys, thereby enabling them to develop the relevant emotions associated with winning and losing. These charts form the basis for picking school-teams for the Leinster Schools Championships, which are held during April and May. The College enters 4 teams in each of the 14s, 16s and 19s competitions and has been particularly successful in recent years.