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/

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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/

 

September Squad Term

With the summer holidays now over it’s back to school and the return of the Totally Tennis Junior Squads which form part of the club’s junior programme coached by our team of LTA licensed coaches. Totally Tennis juniors squads are run throughout the year designed for children aged from four years upwards that start with mini tennis nets and sponge balls and work up to full sized courts and yellow balls. Every child is given an appropriate squad to join, usually guided by age.

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Mini Development Squads (Under 10’s) include Pirates (4-6 years), Indians (6-8 years), Dodgers (8-9 years) and Giants (9-10 years). Development Squads (Over 10’s) include A, B and C squads are for older players aged eleven and over. Performance Squads include the invitational mini performance squads of Red, Orange and Green for talented players and Yellow squads are for older players in the U12 to U18 categories.

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The 2018 autumn term started on 4th September and will run for sixteen weeks until Friday 20th December 2019 (sessions run throughout half term). There are Open Weeks held during the last week of term in March, July & December where parents are invited to watch their children’s progress during an on court session. Sessions take place at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park as well as some sessions at Hampshire Court.

For more information about the squad programme and session fees telephone 01256 358816 or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk/squads 

 

 

 

 

August in Pictures

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Totally Tennis 50+ players Elvira Olbrich and Jill Vaughan won the Senior 65+ Womens Doubles title at the ITF Amsterdam Senior International Open

4D6815ED-620C-4944-AED5-677B4012AD91Olbrich and partner Leo Coene (pictured right) were runners-up in the Mixed Doubles event 

4f6b1024-439c-40ee-9f35-a03ea8d270cbPerformance player and coach Liam Hignett won the Open Mens Doubles title at the Winchester MANTIS Open 2019 with partner William Coward 

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UCoach and Totally Tennis Director Nigel Long delivered Level 1 & 2 courses at the indoor centre – Performance player Harry Feast was one of the candidates starting his Level 1 qualification 

4fe7d332-1a90-419f-b8bb-db06df27b6d4IMG_0721Hignett competed in the premier LTA British Tour Sutton event (above & below)

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The 50+ players enjoyed their regular sessions come rain or shine throughout August

IMG_0934Dean Cooper Kirby competed in the ITF event in the Morocco (Photo used with courtesy of Gomez Tennis Academy)

624976da-837d-4a45-9a32-418deb5361d9Performance player Aaron Dawson was crowned Hampshire & IOW County Championships 2019 16 & U Champion and 16 & U Doubles champion with partner Jack Curtis0F7FACFC-6BF8-4937-8248-DCCA61ECD0F4Hampshire & IOW County Championships 2019 16 & U Girls Doubles champions Isla Hignett & Tillie Reid95040ec2-896f-4775-8671-3ec01ec78851Hampshire & IOW County Championships 2019Open Mens Doubles champions Liam Hignett and partner Ryan Golesworthy

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Lots of fun was had at the Summer Tennis Camps

Totally Tennis Hosting Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

Totally Tennis are once again hosting a tennis and coffee morning on Friday 27th September in support of the Macmillan ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ campaign. The club will host its mixed morning tennis session from 10am followed by coffee and cakes at 11.30am at the indoor centre, inviting players to join together to contribute to the charity’s target. The annual event has become part of the club’s charity event calendar encouraging players to get fit and healthy whilst raising money for a good cause.

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Macmillan*, the UK’s leading cancer supporter charity, is almost entirely funded by donations and simply cannot support the growing number of people with cancer who need them without the public’s help. Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. There are over 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK and this is set to grow to almost 4 million by 2030. Macmillan are the only charity supporting anyone, no matter their age, where they live and or their cancer diagnosis. They help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support.

We are hosting our annual coffee morning to support this worthwhile cause. Cancer can affect anyone, and it impacts on every part of life. Macmillan provides financial, physical and emotional support for people living with cancer, so that’s why we want to raise money so that everybody gets the help they need.

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Support people with cancer in your community to live life as fully as they can, by joining in Macmillan’s Coffee Morning this September. For more information about the event contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816.

M&S* have been the headline partner of Macmillan’s Coffee Morning since 2010. Throughout 2018 M&S raised almost £3 million, enough to fund 55 Macmillan professionals for a year. An incredible £2 million came from the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, running throughout September. These professionals are a lifeline for many patients and their families; giving crucial emotional support, helping manage treatment side effects and sharing practical advice like diet and lifestyle tips.

Totally Tennis’ adult morning sessions are 90 minutes and include fitness drills and match play available every week on Mondays and Fridays (10am – 11.30am) at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park.

For more information about the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning: www.macmillan.org.uk/coffeeFor information, support or just someone to talk to, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk.

* Information sourced from macmillan.org.uk