FREE She Rallies ‘Lil Miss Hits’ Workshop – 4th June 2017

After the success of the first FREE She Rallies course held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre yesterday (photo below) it’s now time to sign up for the second workshop, Lil Miss Hits, that will take place this Sunday (4th June).

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Lil Miss Hits

Date:     Sunday 4th June 2017

Time:     10:00am – 1:00pm

Lil Miss Hits is designed to introduce girls aged 5-8 years to starter tennis in a fun environment. The sessions will develop the skills needed to play tennis and a group of friends to play with. It’s a non-technical course so you don’t need to be a qualified coach to deliver it. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is full of simple skill building activities and games. Perfect for teachers, students, mums, sports leaders, community workers and club members. Lil Miss-Hits makes starter tennis delivery simple and fun.

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To book onto these free courses please visit sherallies.com/get-involved/

Read more about She Rallies here and for more information please contact Sarah Rutherford by e-mail info@hampshireiowlta.uk or telephone 07850 862929.

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Photos used with courtesy of sherallies.com

World Tennis News: French Open 2017

The second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open played at Roland Garros in Paris  will run from 28th May until Sunday 11th June. The world’s premier clay court title has so far eluded world and British number one Andy Murray but he will be looking to add this trophy to his cabinet this year. He kicks off his 2017 campaign against Andrey Kuznetsov from Russia in their first round encounter. Murray who recently turned 30, is competing in the same half of the draw as 2015 champion Stanislas Wawrinka, who he beat in the 2016 semi-finals.

 

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Fellow British number one and seventh seed Johanna Konta faces 109th seed Hsieh Su-wei from Taiwan in her first round match. Having lost in the first round in 2015 and 2016 Konta will be looking to progress further this year as the only female Brit in the draw after Heather Watson lost in the third round of qualifying on Friday against Richel Hogenkamp 6-0, 6-3.

Defending champion and second seed Novak Djokovic, who is playing his first tournament since engaging tennis legend Andre Agassi as his new coach, is in the same half as nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal. Defending women’s champion Garbine Muguruza will open proceedings against Francesca Schiavone who won in 2010, in shock news top seed Angelique Kerber from Germany lost against Russia’s Ekaterina Makanrova 6-2, 6-2.

Photo used with courtesy www.lta.org.uk/major-events/grand-slams/french-open/

 

FREE She Rallies Courses at Totally Tennis

She Ralliesthe initiative to encourage women and girls to get involved in tennis was launched earlier this year by Judy Murray, mother of top British players Andy and Jamie. Two FREE She Rallies workshops, supported by the Lawn Tennis Association, will be running at Totally Tennis’ Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke.

Fun Day

Date:     Tuesday 30th May 2017

Time:     10:00am – 1:00pm

The Fun Day course will give attendees a whole range of ideas for running sessions aimed at whatever age and stage is targeted, beginners, improvers and advanced players of all ages from U10 to 60+ . Participants will be shown how to run drop in sessions for new starts or old hands, bring a friend days, mums and daughters days, themed days…using whatever space, time and equipment that is available. These days are great for bringing girls of any age together.

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Lil Miss Hits

Date:     Sunday 4th June 2017

Time:     10:00am – 1:00pm

Lil Miss Hits is designed to introduce girls aged 5-8 years to starter tennis in a fun environment. The sessions will develop the skills needed to play tennis and a group of friends to play with. It’s a non-technical course so you don’t need to be a qualified coach to deliver it. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is full of simple skill building activities and games. Perfect for teachers, students, mums, sports leaders, community workers and club members. Lil Miss-Hits makes starter tennis delivery simple and fun.

To book onto these free courses please visit sherallies.com/get-involved/

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Read more about She Rallies here and for more information please contact Sarah Rutherford by e-mail info@hampshireiowlta.uk or telephone 07850 862929.

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Photos used with courtesy of bbc.com/sport and sherallies.com

 

 

Catlin Joins The Totally Tennis Coaching Team

Former Totally Tennis Performance player Stephanie Catlin has joined the Totally Tennis coaching team. Catlin who has a Sports and Exercise Science and Communication degree will be available for coaching every Thursday at the indoor centre.

After completing her studies at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) as of part of a four tennis scholarship Catlin returned to the UK and studied for her Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University. She started playing at the club from a young age first in junior squads before quickly progressing into the performance programme, she played as part of the successful Brighton Hill Community College tennis team and also represented Queen Marys College in the Ladies and Mixed teams.

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During her time at the club she achieved many great things including winning many singles and doubles titles, represented Hampshire in various county team events, including winning the county Road to Wimbledon singles title and going on to represent the club and county at Wimbledon in the Nationals finals. Along with doubles partner and now fellow coach Ben Jubin, she was part of the victorious QMC team that won the Senior Schools National Mixed Doubles Championships. While at university in America she captained the UNC Bears Women’s Tennis team in her senior year and was a key member of the women’s Oxford Brookes university 1st team that won the BUCS Midland league.

Catlin brings her extensive playing and match experience as well as her fitness and nutrition knowledge to the club, we sat down with Steph and asked her a few questions about her tennis career and her return to Totally Tennis as a coach……

When did you start playing tennis and where?

At the grand old age of 8, at Totally Tennis… little did I know it would become my childhood’s second home  

What’s your greatest tennis achievement so far?

Obtaining a 4-year tennis scholarship to a Division 1 University in the USA. It still makes my heart skip a beat talking about it 3 years on, because it was the most incredible, fun, life changing experience. If you ever wonder what it feels like to be treated like royalty, just go to the USA on a tennis scholarship

What do you enjoy most about the sport?

Playing doubles. The passion and intensity during a game of doubles is a completely different vibe to singles. If and when you find a partner that you just ‘click’ with on court, it’s a beautiful form of art. I was lucky enough to experience that in my tennis career!

Who inspired you most in the game? 

Serena Williams, without a doubt, On court she somehow makes top players in the world look like semi-pros. Off court she is an excellent role model with not only a great personality, but has a great attitude towards life. Her passion and drive to achieve greatness regardless of all the haters out there is very inspiring to me.

How did you find the transition from player to coach?

Relatively easy to be honest, and there is one key reason for that. I grew up playing at TT with quality coaching. Being surrounded by that daily it was engrained into me from a young age how to work with players of all different ages, genders and abilities, and to be successful by treating each player as an individual.

What made you take up a career in sports nutrition?

When in the USA we would train twice a day, 6 or 7 days a week, depending on our match schedule. Along with that I completely dove into American eating habits, I ate A LOT of food!! I thought it was okay because of all the exercise I did. On my return to the UK I stopped exercising and cleaned up my diet… the positive impact it had on both my mind and body was insane! Since going though my own transformation, I couldn’t stop reading and researching anything and everything to do with food and nutrition. It sounds cheesy I know, but I look back now and I know nutrition and helping others was my calling in life!

What is your favourite part about being a nutritionist?

Of course I love helping people improve their body physically as that’s what most people come to me for. But for me as their nutrition coach, I love seeing improvements in other areas of their lives. Energy levels soar through the roof, improvements in sleep quality and a better handle on dealing with stress. Feeling physically stronger, better focus and productivity at work, and generally finding happiness and content from within. THAT is what good nutrition does, and that’s what it’s all about for me

What do you hope to achieve coaching at Totally Tennis?

I want to inspire. It’s about everyone working as a team and creating an environment that is motivating, hard working and of course, fun. I want to get more adults into playing tennis and I want to make sure the up and coming youngsters know of the fantastic opportunities out there for them in tennis. Genuinely, I hope to give something back to a sport that has moulded me into the person I am today!

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For coaching enquiries please contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, via email tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

For nutrition enquiries please contact Steph via her website www.foodislifeuk.com or on her social media FacebookTwitter and Instagram

May Half Term Tennis Camps

Looking for healthy alternative for your children in the May Half Term break? Want your children to have fun and learn a new sport in school holidays? Then Totally Tennis has just the answer ……….

Children can keep active whilst having lots of fun and learn a new sport in the school holidays with the clubs popular Tennis Camps that will be running Totally Tennis’ tow venues in Basingstoke. Sessions will be running at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park (9am – 4.00pm) and at Hampshire Court (8.30am – 4,30pm) from Tuesday 30th May until Friday 2nd June as morning, afternoon and full-day options.

The scheme has OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by our experienced Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualified and licensed coaches. Sessions at both venues will include tennis and multi-sports activities. Children must be 5 and over to stay for the full day. Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities and need to bring a packed lunch, drinks and wear sunscreen if the weather is good. Children will be supervised throughout the day, including lunch breaks and swimming sessions.

Rackets will be provided for those who need one. Please note refunds will only be given with 24 hours notice and sessions need a minimum number of participants in order to take place. As a result of a cancellation by Totally Tennis an alternative will be offered.

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For more information about the Tennis Camps at either venue please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, email tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

Men’s A Team Win Division 2 in Basingstoke and Deane Tennis League

The Totally Tennis Adult Teams were very successful in this year’s winter season of the Basingstoke and Deane Tennis League (B&DTL). The Men’s A team won Division 2 winning all their matches and only dropped four sets throughout the whole season. The victorious team included James McIntosh, Simon James, Alex Dawson, Ben Jubin, Jamie Jordan and Alistair Olrog.
The Men’s B team also had a great season and finished in second place overall just two points behind the winners. Rex Groves, Tim Rice, Fabio, Steve Kilgannon and Chris Farrer were the team members. The Mixed B team won Division 4 and they remained undefeated all season winning four and drawing one of their matches. The team members were Nick Pogmore, Steve Kilgannon, Amy Wigham, Jacqui Black and Tracy Grout.
Head Coach James McIntosh, “Well done to all of the teams who competed this year in the Basingstoke & District Tennis Winter League and especially those who captained the teams throughout the season.
He added, “It was a very successful season for the club and we look forward to continuing the good form into the summer and hope to get one or two of our teams competing to win the league again.”
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Featured image used with courtesy of Basingstoke and Deane Tennis League

St Mary’s Junior School Wins Year 3 and 4 Tournament

Fourteen teams competed in the Year 3 and 4 primary schools tournament hosted by in the Totally Tennis at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park earlier this month. The teams competing came from six different schools including Great Binfields Primary (3 teams), St Mary’s Juniors (3 teams), North Waltham Primary (3 teams), Sherborne St John (2 teams), Castle Hill (2 teams) and St Johns.
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Each team had four players who were ranked in order of 1 to 4, they played their opposing number from opposing schools. The format of the matches were tie-breaks to 10, each players individual score would count towards the teams overall score. The teams were divided into three groups with the top two teams from each group going through to the Quarter Finals along with the best 2nd and 3rd placed teams.
In the Quarter Final matches North Waltham (1) beat North Waltham Team (3) 3 – 1, St Johns Primary beat Castle Hill (1) 3 – 1, Sherborne St John (1) beat St Mary’s (2) 2 – 2 (Sherborne won on points) and St Mary’s (1) defeated St Mary’s Team (3) 4 – 0.
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In the semi-finals St Mary’s (1) beat St Johns 3 – 1 and Sherborne St John beat North Waltham (1) 3 – 1.  The overall winners were St Mary’s (1) who defeated Sherborne St John 3 – 1 in the final. In the third/fourth play off match St John’s beat North Waltham (1) 2 – 2 (St John’s won on points won 30 – 29) to finish in third place overall. The St Mary’s (1) team will now go onto compete in the Hampshire Games held next month.
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Head Coach James Macintosh who ran the event said “It was great to have fourteen teams compete in this year’s competition and some new teams who have not entered within the last couple of years.”
He added, “The overall standard of this year’s competition was very good and higher than in previous years. It was also nice to see how much some of the less experienced players improved and gained confidence as the day went on.”