Brownie Pack Visit Totally Tennis

Totally Tennis has always been involved with supporting the local community as part of its ongoing Community Tennis Programme so were pleased to  host the 2nd Silchester Brownie pack at the indoor centre recently.

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Thirty-six girls visited the club after picking tennis as their new sport to try this term. The girls and their leaders enjoyed a fun on-court session with Head Coach James and assistant Loic learning the basics of tennis and playing tennis games.

McIntosh said, “The session was organised for the girls to experience a different sport. It went really well and the girls were all very enthusiastic. It was good to give the opportunity to those who had never played tennis before.”

It seems everyone had a great time and enjoyed the acidity with the girls declaring it fun and wanting to play again. Pack Leader Kirstie Jones said, ‘They had such a great time, the foam balls made it accessible to all in a very safe environment.”

If you are involved with a community group and want to book a tennis session or enquiry about our coaches visiting you as a junior activity or an adult team building session please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358815

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Easter Holiday Tennis Camps | 2019

Do you want your child to burn off some energy and have a fantastic time this Easter Holiday? For a healthy and challenging experience, our Tennis Camps give junior players the opportunity to improve their skills, fitness and make new friends while having lots of fun. The scheme has OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by our experienced Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualified and licensed coaches.

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Packed with opportunities to learn and play tennis the sessions at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park will be running from Monday 8th to Thursday 18th April. Sessions are available as morning, afternoon options and there are also both two and five-day packages for children aged from four years old (children must be 5 and over to stay for the full day). Mornings will be tennis orientated while the afternoon sessions also include multi-sports, all players are invited to join in the Easter fun and find all the hidden eggs.

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Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities (layers when cold, sunscreen and a hat when hot) and need to bring a packed lunch and drinks, Children will be supervised throughout the day, including lunch breaks. 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.

0469fa25-2f2f-4917-af03-9d88f0c4522e.jpgFor more information about the Tennis Camp programme please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, email tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

Try a FREE Tennis Tots session

Tennis Tots, the fun sessions for three and four year olds, will restart after Easter for all the younger members of the family to get involved with learning co-ordination, balance and agility skills. The sessions will run with coach Jamie for 5 weeks from Tuesday 23rd April to Tuesday 21st May 2019 at a cost of £25 per child.

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Tuesday 2nd April from 11:15pm – 12 noon

At Totally Tennis we believe in tapping into a child’s potential from an early age which can prove invaluable in later life. Early development of agility, balance, co-ordination and speed is essential if a child is to develop their full athletic potential. Tennis Tots is a fun session focusing on these skills through play and games which help to build confidence and social skills for any pre-schooler.

The sessions are not just tennis specific but does teach basic skills along with hand-to-eye coordination and sending and receiving skills. No equipment is required and parents are expected to join in the fun.

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For more information and to book your place telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, visit our website http://www.totally tennis.co.uk or e-mail tt@totally tennis.co.uk

World Ranking For Dean Cooper Kirby

Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Cooper Kirby competed in the  ITF Junior Masters Grade 4 tournament at La Libertad in El Salvador.

Cooper Kirby, who is now residing and playing tennis full-time at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida, won all three of his qualifying matches to gain a place in the main draw.  He won his first round match against Rodrigo Zelaya 6-1, 6-1 and moved into round two where he found himself up against Alvin Tudorica, a giant 6ft 6 Canadian ranked 551th in the world and although he played really well he lost 6-4, 6-4.

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Dean’s Columbian coach Raul said, “I am very pleased with Dean and he could of won.” After his first ITF tournament everyone now knows Cooper Kirby’s ability is to the standard needed for these world level tournaments. If he had won this match he would have won five games in a row and gained ITF points and a world ranking but unfortunately four wins didn’t result in any points so he now had to win two doubles matches to win any points.

He played doubles with Sam Scherer, a player from the IMG Academy in Sarasota, Florida. The pair won their first match, a close and evenly matched game against a pair from the home nation, El Salvador 6-2, 6-0. Their second match was against a Mexican duo who last month had played in two quarter finals for Grade 4 ITF’s so it was always going to be a tough match. This match was not only crucial for the pair to progress into the quarters but would also guarantee Cooper Kirby earning those important ITF points. The boys won the first set, lost the second 6-3 so it went to a tie-breaker but they held strong and gained a two point lead 9-7 with Cooper Kirby serving for the set and the match, he held his nerve and they won 10-7.

Cooper Kirby said “I was nervous going into the serve knowing this point would win the match and more importantly ITF points.”

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The pair were then in the the quarter finals but sadly lost against a South American pairing 6-1, 6-2. Cooper Kirby now has those much needed ITF points and a world ranking which will make it a lot easier for him to plan his tournament schedule as he knows he will be accepted.

The ITF Junior World Tennis Tour* gives young players all over the world an opportunity to compete, develop and travel the world, with many of the best players going on to be hugely successful on the professional tours. The ITF Junior Circuit provides opportunities at all levels of the game and to develop the stars of the future.

*Information used with courtesy of www.itftennis.com/juniors/

Read more about Dean Cooper Kirby in previous posts HERE

February In Pictures

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IMG_3620The QMC boys team beat Bedales School at the indoor centre

5a0b2bd9-b437-43ae-a188-86c984d76143Sherfield Tennis Scholar Aaron Dawson (pictured far right) won the Boys 18 & U Doubles with Partner Alexandria at the South West Winter County Tour held by Liam Hignett at TT

LOVE was in the air on court

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Winners and fair play medals for Harry Dolman and runners-up trophy with partner Riley Webb in half term tournaments

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Matchplay during the Adults Mixed Morning session

IMG_4623Dean Cooper Kirby competed in the ITF Grade 4 tournament in El Salvador

6e86f33f-e6f2-420a-9118-9a19e2632a3bFinally some winter sunshine meant squads on the outdoor courts