This year’s annual Festival of Sport event against twin town Euskirchen took place in Basingstoke from Thursday 29th June to Sunday 2nd July. This year was extra special as it was celebrating twenty-five years of competition.
Totally Tennis were defending their unbeaten record in the festival and this year Isla Hignett, Tillie Reid, Jasmin Bromilow, Atinuke Adelakun, Dylan Hall-Jones, Oliver Alemeny, Eddie Lakatos and Josh Furneaux represented the club on home soil at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park. Euskirchen Tennis Club was represented by five players who travelled over from Germany with the rest of the competitors; Eva, Marie, Franziska, Finn and Alex.
The German players arrived on Thursday night and stayed with their host families before the first training session at the club on Friday morning. In the afternoon the players enjoyed some free time at the Basingstoke Jump Factory before returning to the club for some more training followed by a social pizza and chilli night in the clubhouse.
Prior to the competition starting on Saturday morning the players were visited by the mayor and mayoress of Basingstoke along with others from the civic party of both Basingstoke and Euskirchen. The tournament then began with players competing in both singles and doubles matches to score points for their respective clubs/towns. The Totally Tennis won all their matches except one where Finn/Alex defeated Oliver/Dylan in a close doubles match 5-4 meaning Basingstoke won overall 10 -1 and Totally Tennis retained their unbeaten record for another year.
The presentation ceremony took place at Queen Mary’s College (QMC) on Saturday evening where the overall festival winners Euskirchen were crowned 2017 champions. The event was finished with a disco for everyone involved in the festival from all the different sports.
Two hundred sportsmen and women travelled from Germany to compete in this year’s festival organised annually by the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council. This year’s events included football, athletics, dance, volleyball, judo and of course tennis as well as many social events.
Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh who co-ordinates the tennis event said, ” It was another excellent weekend of tennis and social activities for the players.” he added, “It was great for some new players to be involved in the festival for the very first time. We look forward to returning to Euskirchen next year for another Festival of Sport and defending our record.”