Tennis Exercises at Home | Lockdown

With the UK’s latest national lockdown now in its second week you may have exhausted all your fitness ideas or maybe are just looking for something new to try to keep yourself and your family active. As daily exercise is still permitted there are lots of ways to stay ‘tennis fit’ in your local park, in your garden or even indoors if you have room.

Totally Tennis Instagram

Head over to our Instagram ( and check out the ‘Lockdown Exercise Videos’ highlight that has all the videos made by performance players and coaches Liam and Isla Hignett for the #AtHomeWithTheHignetts series from the first lockdown. There’s plenty of ideas here for solo and two player exercises to keep all the family activated and motivated. Why not keep a tally of your scores and try to improve daily for that extra motivational challenge. Click HERE to find all the videos.

Take a walk

This may seem rather obvious but even a short daily walk will increase your heart rate, keep your fitness levels up and do wonders for your overall mood. Walking may be overlooked but studies have shown that just 30 minutes walk every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance.

Be Creative

Some of our younger junior players have been out and about in local parks with their parents practising their shots over park benches and railings. You just need a racket, some balls, a willing parent or carer and some warm clothes. Daily exercise is definitely more fun with some tennis exercises thrown in.

What’s the best training partner that you can always rely on? A wall of course. Just hitting against a wall will keep you active, it’s great fun and a really easy solo activity.

The LTA Website

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has a great resource on its website called the Tennis at Home Hub. Everything you need to keep active, healthy and entertained at home is available here with top tips on exercise from professional players and fitness experts. Click HERE to see all the videos to date, there’s even ideas of how to get the dog involved.

The LTA Youth Tennis at Home hub has amazing ideas to help your children develop key core skills and encourage their love of tennis even though the courts are closed. Tennis at Home Exercises, Activity Cards, Personal Development Challenges and even tennis themed Learning Activities. There are warm-up exercises and plenty of videos for children aged 4-7 and 8-11 years. Click HERE for plenty of inspiration for home PE lessons.

PE with Joe

Although not tennis specific the online PE with Joe keeps the whole family active with his unique style of HIIT exercise videos available on his YouTube channel The Body Coach TV – click HERE to join in. Tune in Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am. All 78 videos from his first PE with Joe stint are also still available on this channel. Not only does it keep you active but it’s great fun and all money raised from the channel’s advertising is being donated to charity. The first PE with Joe series raised over £580,000 for the NHS and this time it will be the BBC’s Children in Need charity who will benefit.

Images from LTA website and The Body Coach TV YouTube channel used with courtesy of the respective owners.

December in Pictures | 2020

We re-opened at the beginning of December ready for the festive season after the November lockdown


The courts got a festive makeover

50+ was our first session back on the outdoor courts

Squad players Olivia and Eloise got into the festive spirit

Players wrapped up warm for sessions on the outdoor courts

UCoach coaching courses were (briefly) resumed

Coach Nari conducting a private lesson with Jasmin, Shauna and Anya

We welcomed coach Sam to the team

Hampshire went into tier 4 lockdown on Boxing Day but our younger players made use of our outdoor courts for their daily exercise with their parents


Outdoor private lessons are still permitted in tier 4

Keep up-to-date with everything happening at the club on our website and our social media via our Facebook and Instagram

2020 in Review

Happy New Year from all the team at Totally Tennis. The coaching team are looking forward to welcoming everyone back on court, once it’s safe to do so, to get 2021 off to a fit and healthy start.

There’s no doubt 2020 was a challenging year but there were still some highlights to look back on. Performance player and assistant coach Isla and junior performance player Hayden kicked off the year with titles in tournaments, we ran mini performance taster sessions at Chineham Shopping centre in collaboration with Hampshire Court and the first TT Tour of the year at the indoor centre.

February saw the first UCoach coach education course take place, junior squad players brought friends and siblings to their sessions in the ‘Bring a Buddy’ week and our popular tennis camps took place in February half term.

It was still business as usual at the beginning of March, performance player Aaron represented Hampshire & IOW in the County Cup, Liam and Isla were awarded funding at the annual Basingstoke Sports Awards and Queen Mary’s College (QMC) players resumed their outdoor training sessions at the club. Coach Dom ran the tennis for Hampshire Court’s BBC Sport Relief event, Head coach James ran an adult doubles charity tournament and Liam was runner-up in the Edgbaston British Tour event.

We were then closed for the foreseeable future as the Coronavirus pandemic hit in the UK. We launched the lockdown series ‘At Home with The Hignett’, self-isolation training videos designed to inspire players to keep active and motivated at home with tennis related exercises. Our coaches tried all the lockdown challenges.

Mid-May saw us re-open with Covid-19 safety restrictions in place. Our smaller sessions practiced social distancing on the outdoor courts and our online booking system was launched. Group coaching was permitted in June and we welcomed back our adult and junior players followed by coach education courses in July. Our canine friends at Your Dogs Walk enjoyed our used tennis balls. Good weather and good news in August as our junior tennis camps were back as well as our adult courses.

Adult morning sessions returned in September along with the new junior squad term, the DSA (Down Syndrome Association) weekend sessions and lots more coach education courses. We held our annual but ‘socially distanced’ World’s Biggest Coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer. In October, we waved goodbye to Head coach James but not before he completed the virtual London Marathon in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. Our outdoor courts at Stratton Park benefitted from a makeover, we welcomed coach Nari and our adult teams were back competing in the local tennis league. October half term tennis camps went ahead as planned and Liam competed in the Loughborough British Tour.

The second national lockdown was announced in November and the centre was yet again forced to close. Two new coaches, Ben and Sam joined the team and Totally Tennis featured on the BBC Breakfast show with Mike Bushell. We re-opened in December just in time for the festive season, it was chilly but outdoor sessions were permitted but the euphoria was short lived as Hampshire was placed in tier 4 on Boxing Day and we were, yet again, forced to close.

Fast forward to 2021 – The new squad term has been delayed from starting on 4th January and is now starting on week commencing Saturday 16th January. All parents are being asked, if they have not already done so, to re-enrol all players so we can confirm squad numbers and places.* Click HERE for all junior squad information.

Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “Thank you for your ongoing support. We hope to see you all back on court soon but until then stay home and stay safe.”

Happy New Year !

In the current tier 4 restrictions outdoor court bookings are permitted as are individual lessons. Telephone 01256 358816 or email for further information and to book. Keep up-to-date with everything happening at the club on our website and our social media via our Facebook and Instagram

*For those who had already signed up to the junior squad term that was due to start on 4th January we will refund you the two weeks you have already paid for. Pay by direct debit? Instructions have been paused to make up for November’s lockdown and will be reduced for March by two weeks. 

Coach Profile | Sam Hayes


Coaching Qualification:  LTA Level 2 (currently taking my LTA 3)

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

I started playing for fun aged about 6 or 7

How were you introduced to the sport?

At my local sports centre

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

I came to Totally Tennis because I have always liked the club when I came for lessons and summer camps when I was younger. I have taken all my coaching qualification courses here too

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Rafael Nadal

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I like working as a team and bouncing ideas off the people I work with. It’s a really good feeling to help others and share their enjoyment of the sport

How often do you coach?

About 17 hours a week

Do you play any other sport?

Badminton and I go to the gym. I also coach fitness for a football team

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Completing my tennis coaching qualifications

November in Pictures | 2020

The second lockdown was the perfect opportunity to give the courts a good clean of all the fallen Autumn leaves with the help of resident mascot Stokes (who preferred playing with his tennis ball)
BBC Breakfast’s Mike Bushell visited Totally Tennis and interviewed Tennis Director Nigel, Assistant coach Isla, senior players Nick & Penny and squad player Olivia & Eloise Tuckwell about how the latest lockdown is effecting local tennis clubs
No courts open? No problem for Jasmin and her dad who set up a mini tennis net in the park for lockdown practice and tennis training

This month we met coach Ben and Assistant Coach Jasmin on the blog

Tier 2 Tennis | Totally Tennis

Totally Tennis are pleased to announce that post lockdown we have reopened for all adult and junior coaching sessions as well as indoor and outdoor court bookings. As Basingstoke and Deane is in Tier 2 post lockdown (from 2nd December) the following guidelines apply:

Indoor Court Bookings are for singles play only OR doubles for members of the same household – book an indoor court HERE

Outdoor Courts can be booked as normal – click HERE to book an outdoor court

Adult group coaching can only take place outdoors – click HERE for more information about all our adult sessions

Junior Sessions are taking place as normal and can take place indoors – click HERE for more information about our junior sessions.

Individual Lessons can take place on the indoor courts – click HERE for more information about individual lessons


All courts are bookable via the Court Booking section on our website. Payments can only be made online.  Please ensure you read our T&C’s and our Covid guidance below. Court Bookings are bookable for 60 minutes – Court time 55 Minutes and 5 Minutes to leave.

The pavilion and toilet facilities are accessible during our opening hours.  Hand sanitiser is available at the entry and exits and we ask customers to use a one way system.  Face coverings should be worn on entry. Equipment is now be available to hire from the club and will be sprayed with antibacterial spray.

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 rubbish away with you.

Players do not now 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 you’re hands before play and immediately after.

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.

​For more information visit the Covid-19 section of our website and the LTA website—covid-19.pdf


Following the announcement that England will return to a national tier system post lockdown from Wednesday 2nd December, the LTA has liaised with the Government and announced how the restrictions will effect tennis clubs within each tier.

Basingstoke & Deane will be in tier 2: high risk so Totally Tennis will be following the LTA’s tier 2 guidelines for outdoor and indoor play as well as venue facilities and travel.



Please note that confirmation on some details from Government will be updated as and when it is available – check back on—latest-advice/

We are really pleased to announce that we will be reopened for all coaching sessions and indoor and outdoor court bookings from Wednesday 2nd December. For more information and to book available visit and updates will also be available on our social media (Facebook and Instagram)

We look forward to seeing you back on court next week.

Coach Profile | Jasmin Bromilow


Coaching Qualification:  LTA Level 1

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

I began playing and competing since I was 7

How were you introduced to the sport?

By my brother 

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

I’ve played at Totally Tennis for a number of years and always enjoyed my time here, I’ve often helped out in the past and enjoyed doing so.

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

My favourite players are Alex Zverev and Simona Halep 

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

What I enjoy most about coaching is watching players improve their performance and help them enjoy tennis

How often do you coach?

I coach 4 sessions a week

Do you play any other sport?

No as I’ve been mainly focusing on tennis

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

My greatest achievements in tennis so far playing in the Hampshire and IOW county team in the County Cup and being able to play at Nationals with them on a few occasions. 


Did you catch Tennis Director Nigel on BBC Breakfast news this morning? Sports presenter Mike Bushell (you may also recognise him from his stint on Strictly Come Dancing last year) visited the indoor centre last week to meet and record a report about how the latest lockdown is affecting local tennis clubs.



Nigel was joined on camera with regular 50+ players Nick and Penny Bates and Assistant coach Isla Hignett. Dodgers squad players Olivia & Eloise Tuckwell (along with their excited dog, Hunter) were live from their living room seen practicing with online instruction videos that Isla and her brother Liam made for the club’s blog during the first lockdown. 

IMG_1118Rob Tuckwell the girls father said, “The girls were thrilled to be interviewed by Mike Bushell and to appear on BBC Breakfast – it really cheered a lot of our family and friends up to see someone they knew on National TV during lockdown.” He added, “Our Dog Hunter evidently loves tennis too so we may need to get him into ball boy training! Olivia and Eloise can’t want to get back to training and seeing their friends in the squad once the courts reopen.”


Bushell was investigating the LTA’s claim that despite all courts in the UK currently having been forced to close tennis is in fact the perfect lockdown sport as it’s great for social distancing.



Nick said, “It’s very frustrating we are in the same household and we can play tennis together in the car park or indeed the park but we can’t play on the tennis courts.”

Nigel is hoping that the new players that came after the first lockdown earlier in the year, that resulted in him employing new coaches, will be back on court when tennis is permitted again once the current lockdown ends.

Nigel commented,”We need to know that we are going to be able to open up again in December.”

While the Government acknowledges that tennis is the ideal lockdown sport it had to be fair to all grassroots sports when deciding the lockdown rules.


Missed the live broadcast? Don’t worry the video is available over on our Facebook and Instagram 

Coach Profile | Ben Haley

Coach: Ben Haley

Qualification: LTA Level 1 (currently working towards Level 2)

How old were you when you first started tennis?  

I was 14 when I started playing competitively

How were you introduced to the sport? 

By my mum – she told me there was a club in Teddington (NPL) that was running a tennis holiday camp. So I went along and then started learning more tennis, coaching and then took things from there. 

What made you come to Totally Tennis? 

This club was offering a Level 2 tennis coaching course and I ideally in the future want to become a Level 3 coach as I want to coach full time. I have found the Level 2 tennis course very inspiring, the way it is taught and the things I have already learnt. I have gained so much value from it and I like the people there too, so I want to continue it

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?  

Roger Federer

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

The joy it can bring to other people and my own life

How often do you coach? 

Approximately 11 hours a week

Do you play any other sport? 

Yes I like to run and play football

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Getting two jobs coaching tennis