Winter Tennis Offer

Whatever the weather we are open all year round

Why wait until next Spring to play the Covid friendly sport of Tennis

Totally Tennis Basingstoke is one of the original Community Indoor Centres (CITC’s) built over twenty years ago, a public facility (no membership required) that welcomes players of all ages and abilities. Alongside our 4 outdoor courts we have 4 indoor courts available for year round play whatever the weather.

As the winter months begin to draw in, we would like to offer Basingstoke residents, as well as those who reside in the surrounding areas, the opportunity to use our indoor tennis courts at a discounted rate from October until the end of the year.

We are Covid friendly club with social distancing measures in place, hand sanitiser available and toilet facilities in reception.

Block booking offer for the 2020 winter period   

Pre-book October to Christmas at a discounted rate. Book 6-week blocks and guarantee a weekday court whatever the weather.  

Daytime: 6 weeks x 2 hours on court – £120

Tuesday mornings 9:00am – 11:00am – 2 courts available

Thursday mornings 9:00am – 11:00am – 2 courts available

Evenings: 6 weeks x 2 hours on court – £180

Tuesdays – 7:00pm – 9:00pm – 2 courts available

Thursday – 7:00pm – 9:00pm – 2 courts available 

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Please call Totally Tennis 01256 358816 for more information or to book. Further information about the club can be found by visiting our website http://www.totallytennis.co.uk   

COVID-19: Return To Restricted Play (update 8/09/20)

COVID-19: Return To Restricted Play (update 8/09/20)

All our courts are now open and bookable via the Court Booking section on our website www.totallytennis.co.uk Payments can only be made online. Please ensure you read our T&C’s and our Covid guidance below.

The pavilion and toilet facilities are available during our opening hours. Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance and exits and we ask customers to use a one way system. Face coverings should be worn on entry.

Equipment is now available to hire from the club and will be sprayed with antibacterial spray.

Court Bookings are bookable for 60 minutes – court time 55 minutes and 5 minutes to leave. Please do not arrive too early for your court booking. This is to minimise the amount of players congregating on or around the courts. Please leave on time to allow safe access and departure from courts and to respect the 2 meter distancing rules. To avoid gathering of people in or around the tennis courts, spectators are discouraged. This does not apply to a parent/guardian/carer (non participant). This should be limited to one per player and social distancing should be strictly followed at all times.

Bring hand sanitiser with you. Bring a full water bottle and do not share food or drink with others and remember to take all your rubbish away with you.

Players no longer need to use their own marked tennis balls. However, if you choose to use shared balls then extra care must be taken to ensure you do not touch your face during play and you should clean your hands before play and immediately after.

We hope you enjoy getting back on court!

IMPORTANT: Do not leave your home to play tennis if Government advice means you should stay at home because you or someone you live with has or has had symptoms of COVID-19, or you are in the most vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus.

COACHING SESSIONS

We are following the LTA Guidelines as below:Groups of up to 15 children plus coach(es) are permitted for junior coaching, in line with guidance from the Government on out of school settings. Guidance from Government also means that clubs and venues can host larger groups for outdoor sport and physical activity participation events such as club nights and competitions, as long as they ensure they are COVID-19 secure.

These guidelines apply to tennis on outdoor and (from 25 July) indoor courts, as well as padel, and outline adaptations and considerations so that tennis and associated activity can be enjoyed in a way that is in line with Government advice and helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They include measures to maintain hygiene and minimise unnecessary interactions with others.

Junior players will be asked to sanitise their hands before, during and after each session.

For further LTA guidance regarding returning to play please visit www.lta.org.uk/globalassets/news/2020/lta-guidance-for-tennis-players—covid-19.pdf

Read more about the COVID-19 comeback at the club and what sessions are now available by visiting www.totallytennis.co.uk

August in Pictures

Performance player Isla Hignett passed her LTA Level 1 qualification with UCoach at Totally Tennis

Summer holiday tennis camps were great fun

Mini performance player Jasmine enjoyed the tennis camps

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett was part of the Hampshire & IOW LTA’s “Return To Tennis’ county training session

Tennis Director and UCoach tutor Nigel put the latest LTA Level 3 coaching candidates through their paces at their play test at the indoor centre

Our summer tennis camps finished at the end of the month just before schools go back and tennis squads resume for the Autumn term

In the world of professional tennis the US Open started on 31st August (will run until 13th September) but this year the players will be playing to empty stands as the tournament is going ahead without fans.

Photo used with courtesy of www.usopen.org/

Adult Mixed Mornings Are Back

Our adult pay-and-play Mixed Mornings are back from Friday 4th and Monday 7th September. Mixed mornings are fun and social sessions which offer technical and tactical coaching for doubles as well as some social match play. The group sessions are currently smaller so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Book Friday Mixed Morning 10 – 11:30am

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Book Monday Mixed Morning 10 am – 11:30am

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Find out more about our Adult Programme by clicking HERE or telephone 01256 358815 for more information

 

WELCOME BACK TO OUR TENNIS SQUADS

Totally Tennis junior squads are back! The new fifteen week term will start from 3rd September for players in Mini Development and Development squads.

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Under 10’s – Mini Development Squads (Termly)

Pirates (Red Mini Tennis)

Monday, Tuesday and Friday 4:30 – 5:30pm, Sat 9:00 – 10:00am

This session is for beginners aged 4 – 6 years. Players will play using mini tennis nets and sponge balls and the focus is on helping players to develop fundamental movement skills and improve their agility, balance and coordination. They will also learn the basic techniques & tactics of tennis.

Full term payment £120  (Monthly Direct Debit – £32 per month + £10 admin fee)

Please click your chosen day to book Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Indians (Red Mini Tennis)

Monday, Tuesday and Friday 4:30 – 5:30pm, Sat 9:00 – 10:00am 

This session is for improvers aged 6 – 8 years, or those progressing from Pirates. In this squad players will play over the mini tennis nets with sponge balls. The children will continue to improve both their movement and co-ordination skills and further improve their techniques and understanding of the tactics of tennis.

Full term payment £120  (Monthly Direct Debit – £32 per month + £10 admin fee)

Please click your chosen day to book Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

Dodgers (Orange Mini Tennis)

Monday, Tuesday and Friday 5:30 – 6:30pm

This session is for players aged 8 – 9 years or those moving up from Indians. Players will play on a ¾ sized tennis court with low compression orange tennis balls. Sessions will further enhance techniques to help players transition to a bigger sized court. 

Full term payment £120  (Monthly Direct Debit – £32 per month + £10 admin fee)

Please click your chosen day to book Monday, Tuesday and Friday

Giants (Green Mini Tennis)

Monday, Tuesday and Friday 5:30 – 6:30pm

This session is for players aged 9 – 10 years and for those players that have moved up from Dodgers. Players will learn on a full sized tennis court with a slightly slower and lower bouncing ball than a full yellow ball. Players in this squad will continue to develop their technique and implement tactics during points play. 

Full term payment £120  (Monthly Direct Debit – £32 per month + £10 admin fee) 

Please click your chosen day to book Monday, Tuesday and Friday

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Over 10’s – Development Squads 

C Squad

Wednesday 4:30 – 6:00pm and Saturday 11:00am – 12:30pm 

C Squad is for juniors players aged 11+ and for those players moving up from Giants. Players will work on both techniques and tactics which will help them with their transition from Green to Yellow ball. They will also learn about different ball characteristics and game situations. 

Full term payment £150  (Monthly Direct Debit – £40 per month + £10 admin fee) 

Please select your chosen day Wednesday and Saturday

B Squad

Wednesday 4:30 – 6:00pm and Saturday 11:00am – 12:30pm

This session is for intermediate players aged 12+ and for those moving up from C Squad. Players will receive technical and tactical coaching to help them improve in both singles and doubles. There will be a mixture of drills and match play during the session.

Full term payment £150  (Monthly Direct Debit – £40 per month + £10 admin fee) 

Please select your chosen day Wednesday and Saturday

A Squad

Wednesday 4:30 – 6:00pm and Saturday 11:00am – 12:30pm 

This squad is a progression from B Squad for individuals 12+ who demonstrate consistency in confident technical and tactical ability. Players will practice drills to understand key match play situations as well as put into practice what they have learnt.

Full term payment £150  (Monthly Direct Debit – £40 per month + £10 admin fee) 

Please select your chosen day Wednesday and Saturday

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The squad programme is designed for children aged 4 upwards, starting with mini tennis nets and sponge balls and working up to full-sized courts and yellow balls, every child is allocated an appropriate squad to join usually guided by age. Click HERE to see all the junior squad information. If you have not already signed up your child/children, ask about the new squad payment plan to spread the cost of the sessions.

Isla Gains her LTA Level 1 Qualification

Performance player and assistant coach Isla Hignett  has passed her Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Level 1 Coaching Qualification.

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Hignett, who gained her qualification with UCoach at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre, will be sharing her coaching experience and expertise with players in the club’s coaching programmes.

Hignett started playing tennis aged four and begun competing from the age of seven. She was eight when she joined joined Totally Tennis following in the footsteps of her older brother, performance player and coach Liam. She has played in the club’s junior squads and performance programme, has represented her school and been a Hampshire & IOW county team member as well as picking up many accolades in singles and doubles tournaments. She cites her greatest achievements as being in the  Hampshire team from the age of 10, being sponsored by Mantis and having the opportunity to play at Wimbledon with Tim Henman.

Isla has been a volunteer coach at the club helping with junior sessions and tennis camps in the school holidays gaining plenty of valuable coaching experience along the way.  She has learnt many new skills as part of her Level 1 including how to organise tennis activity constructively and safely, plan and deliver a structured lesson under the guidance of an accredited coach, show a basic knowledge of tactics, techniques and rules of tennis and have a full understanding of the structure of Mini Tennis.

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Hignett said of her qualification, “It was a great experience and although I’ve been assisting at Totally Tennis for over a year I learnt lots of new things about coaching on the course.”

Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “Congratulations Isla on passing your Level 1 and welcome to the Totally Tennis coaching team!” he added, “We have a long history of squad players embarking on coaching careers and Isla is a great role model for our younger players, we look forward to helping her with further development .”

The LTA level 1 coaching assistant course is the starting point for people who want to get into tennis coaching and become a coaching assistant. UCoach trains and teaches players and coaches to become assistant coaches, coaches and leaders of industry in schools, clubs and centres across the UK. They support the LTA coach licensing system by providing an extensive range of workshops to enable coaches to upgrade and develop their skill base and keep licences up to date – read more HERE

Congratulations Isla 🙂

Read more about Isla’s many tennis achievements HERE

July in Pictures | 2020

IMG_8759UCoach coach training courses were back on court this month – here’s the Level 1 candidates being put through their paces with tutors Nigel and Liz

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Jamie Murray gathered Britain’s best women’s and men’s players to compete in the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis competition at the NTC that started on 27th July

 

 

 

Tennis Talk | Battle of the Brits Team Tennis Starts Today

Some of Britains leading players will compete in the St James Place Battle of the Brits Team Tennis event that starts today at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

Event organiser Jamie Murray and his brother, three-time Grand Slam champion, Andy will play in the Union Jacks team captained by their mother Judy and former British number one Greg Rusedski. Playing alongside the Murray brothers will be British number one Dan Evans (winner of last month’s Schroders Battle of the Brits) and former British number one Heather Watson.

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Three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist and current world number 14, Johanna Konta will play in the British Bulldogs along with former world number 14 Kyle Edmund and British number three Cameron Norrie. The Bulldogs will be captained by Leon Smith and Anne Keothavong.

The two teams will collect points for their respective teams by competing in singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches. The event, which runs until Sunday 2nd August, will feature eight matches a day and points awarded on an increasing scale as the week progresses. Prize money and donations will be made to charity.

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Jamie Murray, who organised the inaugural Battle of the Brits event last month told BBC Sport, “We’ve got team benches on each of the two match courts. The idea is to pack those out as best we can and get a lot of interaction between the players who are competing and those who are supporting.” he added, The captain element should make it good fun as well.”

How to watch – Follow all the action on the BBC Sport website, watch the live action on BBC iPlayer daily from 11:50am ( BST). Tune in for radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. You can also keep-up-to-date with all the latest news on the LTA’s Youtube and Facebook channels.

Information and photos used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk and www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/

Lockdown Further Ignites Jasmine’s Love of Tennis

One young Totally Tennis junior players has used the last few months to focus on improving her tennis skills. Eight-year-old Jasmine Paul, who attends St Marys Junior School, didn’t let the enforced lockdown and closure of tennis courts stop her keeping fit and practising at home.

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Jermaine, Jasmine’s father said;” Before lockdown we never trained in the garden but during lockdown Jasmine wanted to focus on her favourite sport ‘tennis’ more than others.”

The Dodgers squad player was one of the first back at the centre when permission was given by the government to re-open outdoor courts, she was training in the smaller squad sessions with tennis director Nigel Long and practising daily with her dad and younger sister Roxanna.

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Jermaine added, “Jasmine is very motivated and often gets me up at 7am to hit the courts early. She sets her own alarm and wakes me up along with her sister to take her out to the courts or garden for a session first thing in the morning.”

Jasmine started playing tennis about 18 months ago and joined Totally Tennis after attending one of the club’s free open days which was her first real introduction to tennis. She loved the open day so much that her parents signed up her up for the weekly Dodgers squad sessions. She has also attended the club’s school holiday tennis camps and played in some competitions at the indoor centre.

Since lockdown, tennis has proved to the one sport she wanted to do in her daily exercise time, drawing from squad session activities she has enjoyed playing with her younger sister and father.

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Alongside tennis Jasmine enjoys participating in a lot of other sports. She started gymnastics from the age of one which included ball co-ordination skills that has helped with her tennis, she also participates in swimming, athletics, and kickboxing. She plays in a FA U10 girls football team and competes in kickboxing competitions.

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Jermaine said of his daughter’s dedication, “She always tells me and her younger sister, if you train hard you will become the best. It’s a very simple motto but one she has lived through all her sports and is now bringing this mindset into tennis.”

Jasmine loves being on court. Her passion comes from the energy of the sport. Having competed in kickboxing tournaments for many years she has enjoyed the ownership of individual competition. She loves the pace and variety of movement along with the strategy in tennis. Similar to her martial arts and other sports. Tennis embodies all of the different sports that she has practiced over the last few years.

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Well done Jasmine! Keep up the motivation and hard work.

Photos kindly provided and used with permission of Jermaine Paul