Meet Our Coaches: Loic Armstrong

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Coach Profile: Loic Armstrong

Coaching Qualification: LTA Level 1

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Five

How were you introduced to the sport?

My brother played

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

Used to play here when I was young

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Gael Monfils

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

Seeing people improve and running fitness sessions

How often do you coach?

Four times a week

Do you play any other sport?

Rugby 7s and plenty of fitness/gym

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Top 10 player in Hampshire County U14 

Read more about the Totally Tennis coaching team on the COACHING TEAM tab or click totallytennis.wordpress.com/meet-the-team/

TT Tour 2019

The first TT Tour for Red and Orange players took place last weekend at the indoor centre. The event, run by coach Loic Armstrong and assistant coach Andrew Dingwall, gave junior players a taste of competition. On this occasion the Red tournament was won by Shrihan Chakraborty. He defeated Shrayan Subash 10-8, Anvi Arora 10 – 6 and Shauna Rana 10-3 to claim overall victory. Subash was runner-up after beating Arora 10-7 and Rana 10-5. Arora finished in third place and Rana was fourth.

In the Orange event,  Ayush Thondapu was crowned the winner and Archie Taylor finished in second place. Thondapu beat Taylor 16-14, Harry Parton 10-1, Jasmine Paul 10-2, and Jessica Parton 10-2. Taylor defeated both the Parton siblings 10-0 and Paul 10-2. There was a three way tie for third place between the remaining players.

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The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis junior players with several tournaments held throughout the year. The next event will be the Green & Yellow tournaments on Saturday 5th October – see schedule below for full list of dates. An up-to-date leaderboard will show each player’s rankings in each group. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as additional points for entering.

Date

Tournament

Ball Colour

Time

Saturday 21st September

US Open

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Saturday 5th October

US Open

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

Saturday 26th October

Halloween Tour

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Sunday 27th October

Halloween Tour

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

Saturday 23rd November

World Tour Finals

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Sunday 24th November

World Tour Finals

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

Saturday 14th December

Christmas Tour

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Sunday 15th December

Christmas Tour

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

RED (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) and ORANGE (Dodgers and Orange Squad)

GREEN (Giants and Green Squad) and YELLOW (A,B,C and Performance Squads)

 

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE THE EVENT. There must be a minimum of 4 players per age group for each tournament to be played. Each event costs £6.50 per player. All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816.

Meet Our Assistant Coaches: Isla Hignett

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Assistant Coach Profile: Isla Hignett

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

I was four years old and started competing at the age of seven

How were you introduced to the sport?

My brother Liam played and I decided I would give it a go

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

I have trained at Totally Tennis since I was eight and I wanted to help kids find that the love for tennis that I have and have had since a young age

Who is your favourite professional tennis player/s?

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

Being able to see the kids progress and I love to see them enjoying the sport

How often do you coach?

I coach on Mondays and a Fridays 

Do you play any other sport?

No just tennis

What’s your greatest achievement/s in tennis so far?

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

Read more about the Totally Tennis coaching team on the COACHING TEAM tab or click totallytennis.wordpress.com/meet-the-team/

 

 

Big Tennis Weekends Open Day – 28th September 2019

As part of the successful Totally Tennis schools programme the club will be visiting local schools next week to deliver tennis assemblies and invite the pupils to attend a FREE junior tennis open day at the club on Saturday 28th September. The LTA Big Tennis Weekends initiative is designed to give children an opportunity to try tennis at the club on real tennis courts with LTA qualified coaches.

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Tennis Director Nigel Long said “Our coaches have been visiting Basingstoke schools for many years and have, over that time, given thousands of children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to try tennis and realise all the benefits that the sport can bring.”

The Totally Tennis schools programme has not only given children the opportunity to play tennis but also produced countless players and coaches over the years. Some of these players have represented their respective schools and the club in many competitions, even winning National titles. The club also runs curriculum and after school sessions as well as the annual schools tournaments at the indoor centre.

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Next week Head Coach James Mcintosh will visit Sherborne St. John, Kempshott and Winklebury. Like your school to be involved? Telephone 01256 358816 for more information. The Open Day will take place from 1:00pm – 2:30pm on Saturday 28th September at the indoor centre located in the War Memorial Park – it’s FREE to attend and everyone is welcome.

Children who attend the open day will be invited to join our junior development squad programme. For more information about the junior squad programme telephone 01256 358816or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website here and read all our latest news on our blog here

Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekends is a LTA initiative designed to attract new people from the local community to come and try tennis at their neighbourhood venue via fun and welcoming open days. Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekends are taking place across the country on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019. Read more about the Tennis Weekends at www.lta.org.uk/

Win For Feast in Oxford

Performance player and coaching assistant Harry Feast won the 18 & under Boys singles title at last weekend’s East Winter County Tour Oxford Sports tournament held at the Oxford Sports Lawn Tennis Club, Oxfordshire.

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After losing his first match against Scott Aspley in three sets 4-2, 2-4, 10-8 Feast then his next three matches beating Rafferty Read 4-3(4), 4-0, Tanguy Wache 4-2, 4-1 and Yegor Boyev 4-1, 4-0 to win the title.

Congratulations Harry!

Coach Steph Retains Title

Totally Tennis coach Steph Catlin and former coach Ben Jubin successfully defended their 2017 and 2018 Basingstoke Open Mixed Doubles titles by beating Peter Blyth and Gill Stone in Sunday’s final held at Beechdown Health Club 6-0, 6-1.

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On their way to the final of this annual competition the former Totally Tennis performance players and college National champions Catlin and Jubin beat former club coach Andrew Ridgers and Aimee Patterson in one of their fixtures.

Congratulations Steph and Ben!

 

Meet Our Coaches: Dom Mitchell

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Coach Profile: Dom Mitchell

Qualifications: LTA Level 3 Coach, BSc Sports Science and MSc Applied Sports Physiology

How old were you when you first started tennis?

I first started playing tennis at the age of 8 and haven’t looked back since

How were you introduced to the sport?

By my friends at school

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

I came to Totally Tennis to do my coaching qualifications and fortunately was able to stay and work

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

My favourite players are Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I love watching the players I coach improve and get better at the sport. Having an opportunity to be loud, fun and energetic

How often do you coach?

Every day and as much as possible

Do you play any other sport?

I would like to get back into football and some running

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

My greatest achievement is gaining my Level 3 coaching qualification and winning the mixed doubles championship at my tennis club

Read more about the Totally Tennis coaching team on the COACHING TEAM tab or click totallytennis.wordpress.com/meet-the-team/