Adult and Junior Group Sessions Restart

With lockdown restrictions easing the first step to returning to normality was the re-opening of the outdoor courts with a new online booking and payment system (book and pay online here www.totallytennis.co.uk).

Phase two has been the restarting of group sessions, smaller groups of players for adult drills and junior squads. Following on from feedback from parents, groups of a maximum of 5 players have been introduced for squads to ensure the required social distance is maintained and the sessions adhere to government and LTA guidelines. The Ferguson and Rushmere families have embraced the new squad sessions with the four children who attend school together (pictured below) now enjoying weekly sessions with Tennis Director Nigel with great feedback received.

Parent Claire Ferguson said, “The kids absolutely loved the session on Monday.  It was run so well from every aspect, the adjustments for Coronavirus were so well  thought through and implemented fully but it didn’t take away from the learning or the enjoyment.” she added, “After such a long break the kids made progress in just their first lesson back and it was just so lovely as a parent to see (and hear!) the fun they were having, wonderful to get back to some normality in a safe way, an absolute tonic. Thank you!

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Long said, “We’re all so pleased to get back on court and return to some sort of normality! We’re really grateful for everyone’s support and positive feedback as some of our regular coaching sessions have been reintroduced. We’d also like to thank everyone for their patience and we hope will will be back in FULL SWING soon!

For any parents interested in their child/children returning to squad sessions please be assured that hand sanitiser will be used frequently throughout the sessions. On arrival, players are asked to go straight to the outdoor courts where the coach will be waiting. For now the toilets (Pavilion) will remain closed. Parents can watch the sessions outside the court boundary but must maintain a 2m social distance away from the courts entrance so other players can access (read more about the LTA guidelines here www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/).

It’s not just good news for our juniors players as adult drills have also returned with more days/sessions added from next week. Adult drills sessions are now available Monday and Tuesday with group sizes limited to 5 players plus the coach – book fast via the links below to avoid missing out on a space.

​Monday Advanced Drills 6.30 – 7.30pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/BookClass/7918aaba-5ca5-4d1b-955a-3945adf87b9a

Monday Improver Drills 7.30 – 8.30pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/BookClass/21477fd8-c05c-4727-96c7-3b8f290cad1e

Tuesday Improver Drills 8 – 9pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/Coaching/Summary/9ee53e1c-00b6-4161-a6ef-7bf69b63558e

Outdoor courts can continue to be booked in advance via our online booking system, if you would like to play please visit www.totallytennis.co.uk where you can book and pay for your court. For more information on any of the sessions, court bookings or general enquires please telephone 01256 358816, e-mail us at tt@totallytennis.co.uk or send us a Facebook message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Keep an eye on our social media for any further announcements for more playing options.

 

The Macca Tournament

Head Coach James McIntosh is running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise awareness and much needed funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his father who sadly passed away from the disease just three weeks after diagnoses.

Although the marathon, which was supposed to take place on 26th April, has been postponed due to COVID-19 McIntosh will continue to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK and keep training. The marathon is now scheduled to take place on Sunday 4th October.

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Last Friday saw players gather together to compete in ‘The Macca’, an adult American doubles tournament to raise money towards McIntosh’s £2,500 target. The tournament was played in a round robin mixed doubles format where players are paired at random and rotate collecting games on the way. The event was won by Nick Pogmore who had the most games after the four rotations.

McIntosh said, “Thank you to everyone that came to the tournament on Friday and congratulations to Nick who won the event with the highest score over the four rounds.” he added, “It was a fun evening of tennis followed by drinks and we raised a total of £186 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.”

Read more about McIntosh’s Marathon story HERE

50+ Christmas Party 2019

The 50+ players, who play together every Wednesday morning at the indoor centre, enjoyed their annual Christmas Party after their regular session earlier this week. Lots of fun was had on court followed by festive food and a glass of bubbly or two around the Christmas tree.

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The on-court session was led by coaches James MacIntosh and Jamie Barry who then joined the players for the festive party, a great way to celebrate another great year of tennis together.

McIntosh said, “Thank you to everyone that came along to the Christmas party and a special thanks to those that helped organise and cook for the event. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all back on court soon.”

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Festive Schedule 2019

Tis the season to get festive at Totally Tennis and enjoy some Chritsmas fun for juniors and adults throughout December. Come celebrate the festive season with us and work off all those mince pies too 😉 Drop the children off for some Tennis Camp fun while you do all that last minute shopping.

Wednesday 4th December

Adults – 50+ Christmas lunch

Friday 6th December

Adults – Fundraising Pub Quiz at The Queen’s College Arms in Pamber End, Tadley – 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm) £20 per person (includes dinner). Maximum of 6 players per team – click HERE for more details

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Monday 9th – Friday 13th December

Juniors – Christmas Jumper Day for squads all week long in aid of Save The Children – click HERE for more information

Coach Christmas CJD

Saturday 14th December 

Christmas TT Tour – Red & Orange 1pm – 3pm (SIGN UP IN RECEPTION)

Sunday 15th December

Christmas TT Tour – Green & Yellow 1pm – 3pm (SIGN UP IN RECEPTION)

Friday 20th December

Adults – Drunken Drills 7:00pm – 8:30pm (£15 per player)

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Sunday 22nd December

Last day of squad term

Monday 23rd December

Juniors – Tennis Camp 9:00am – 4:00pm (Booking Required) – Click HERE for more information

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Tuesday 24th December

Open for court bookings 10:00am – 2:00pm

**Christmas Day and Boxing Day – CLOSED**

Friday 27th December

Adults – Mixed Morning 10:00 – 11:30am

Juniors – Mini Tennis Tournament 1:00 – 3:00pm

Saturday 28th December

Juniors – Munchkin Club 10:00 – 11:00am & Junior Club 11:00 – 12:30pm

Adults – Doubles Tournament (Time TBC)

Monday 30th December

Adults – Mixed Morning 10:00 – 11:30am

Advanced Drills 6:30 – 7:30pm

Improver Drills 7:30 – 8:30pm

Juniors – Tennis Camp 9:00am – 4:00pm (Booking Required) – Click HERE for more information

Tuesday 31st December

Open for court bookings 10:00 – 2:00pm

**New Years Eve 31st December  and New Years Day 1st January 2018 – CLOSED**

Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day photo used with courtesy of www.savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day

 

 

 

 

Hignett represents Hampshire & IOW in Winter County Cup

Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett represented Hampshire and Isle of Wight (IOW) in the LTA Mens Winter County Cup 2019.

The Hampshire team of Hignett, James Blair, Timothy Farthing, Oliver Fernandez, Ryan Golesworthy, Austin Gwilliam, George Houghton, Michael Johnson, Miles Mcdowall, Robert Mitchell, Jake Norris, Edward Percival and Paul Scullard were competing in Division 1 Group 4A against teams from Buckinghamshire, Dorset and Shropshire.

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On the first day Hampshire beat Shropshire 8-1 with top seed Hignett defeating Luke Henley 6-3, 7-5 in the singles. In the doubles with partner Golesworthy he beat Henley and Thomas Loxley 6-3, 6-2. Things didn’t go so well for the team on day 2 with a 5-4 loss against Dorset in a close fixture, Hignett lost his singles against Toby Samuel 6-4, 6-3 and also lost in the doubles with Golesworthy against Samuel and Sam Bossem in the third set tie-break 6-2, 6-7(2), 10-6.

On the final day things didn’t improve with a 7-1 defeat against eventual group winners Buckinghamshire. Hignett lost his three set singles match against top seed Michael Shaw 6-3 4-6 4-6 but won the doubles with Golesworthy on a walkover against Shaw and partner Roy Knight. The Hampshire team managed to stay again in the division after some tough, tight wins and losses over the weekend.

Hignett said, “As always it’s a pleasure to be a part of this great team and we’ll be looking for promotion next year! It was a privilege to play at number one position this year playing my part in some quality battles particularly against Buckinghamshire’s number 1.” he added, “I love playing in these events as the team atmosphere whilst on court and the off court banter and laughs make it unlike any other tennis event out there. Thanks to all the boys for another great weekend.”

 

Fundraising Pub Quiz

Join the Totally Tennis team at the fundraising pub quiz on Friday 6th December at The Queen’s College Arms in Pamber End, Tadley.

Pit your wits against your fellow players to be crowned the winning team. All proceeds from the quiz and raffle will go towards purchasing a defibrillator for the indoor centre.

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Coach Steph, who is organising the event said, “We want to get a defibrillator for the courts due to the increased number of people playing and because so many people exercise in the park itself.”

Time: 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Cost: £20 per person (includes dinner)

Team: Maximum of 6 players per team

All players (over 18) and their friends and family welcome. To sign up for the event telephone 01256 358816 or visit reception.

Elvira Represents Poland in the ITF Super-Seniors Championships

Totally Tennis 50+ and Mixed Morning player Elvira Olbrich competed for her native Poland in the Women’s 65 category of the Kitty Godfree Cup at the 39th ITF Super-Seniors championships held last month.

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In the play-off matches they beat both Turkey and Portugal 3-0 respectivitely and finished in thirteenth place overall. Team USA won overall. Olbrich and partner Sofia Ruminska beat Turkish duo Sevcan Mert and Servet Polat 6-0, 6-0 and she defeated Portugese pairing Carmina Azavedo/Marilia Madeira-Pinto 6-3, 7-6(1).

Olbrich said, ” I was playing for Poland Ladies ‘65 in the Kitty Godfrey Cup. I played doubles against Portugal. The Totally Tennis sessions helped me a lot with my preparation for this tournament.”

 

 

Try our Adult Courses

As part of our popular adult programme we run a number of seven-week adult Beginner and Improver courses on Monday and Thursday evenings throughout the year.  With our indoor courts rain never stops play so courses continue all year round.

4f76318e-dd7f-494c-b4f0-8835764bd3e0Our Beginners course is an introduction to tennis, ideal for those who are new to the game or those who are rusty and want to get back into playing. Basic skills of forehands, backhands, volleys and serves as well as techniques and  tactics of singles and doubles matchplay.  Players can repeat the beginners course if they want to up their confidence before moving onto improvers. 

Improvers is the course that provides progression for confident beginners or is equally challenging for those players who have previously received coaching but have not played in a while. The course offers coaching to improve technique and tactics as well as matchplay tips and fine tuning skills. 

The Intermediate course (Mondays and Thursdays 7:30pm – 9:00pm) is a 10-week course offering technical and tactical coaching to players moving on from Improvers, for those who have had previous coaching and for those players who have played for a club in a local league. The sessions include a mixture of drills and points play with an end of session doubles match. This course is £135 for ten weeks or you can pay-and-play for £15 per session.

Seven week adult courses cost £77 per player and can be booked in reception or by telephone on 01256 358816. The next block of Monday courses will start from 16th December until 10th February (excluding 23rd and 30th December). There are still some spaces on the next Thursday Beginner course starting on 28th November until 9th January 2020 (excluding 26th December). Book now to avoid disappointment. 

Read more about all our adult coaching sessions and pay-and-play options HERE

Senior Title in Amsterdam for Elvira and Jill

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

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The ladies won their title on the clay courts at Tennis Centre De Kegel beating German pairing Rotraud Ehm and Johanna Zillies 6-3, 4-6, 10-3 and Dutch duo Marjo Gruisen and Ria Van Dijk-van Miltenburg 1-6, 7-5, 10-7.

4D6815ED-620C-4944-AED5-677B4012AD91In the Mixed Doubles, Olbrich and partner Leo Coene beat Lyneke De Koning and Joep Lievers (Netherlands) 7-5, 6-0 in the quarters followed by a walkover in the semis. The pair finished as runners-up after losing to another Dutch pairing, Thea Rietveld-Esser and Rob Meuwese in the final 6-0, 6-2.

Congratulations ladies!

Adult Doubles Tournament

Twelve players competed in our Adult Doubles Tournament last week that was followed by the club’s annual Wimbledon Draw.

The tournament format was timed twenty-minute doubles matches where players had to score as many games as they could in the timed match that accumulated towards their total score on the leaderboard. After each round everyone would change partners and play against different people.

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After the competition the players got into the Wimbledon spirit by enjoying some strawberries & cream and the ballet was drawn.

Head coach James McIntosh said, “Congratulations to Jenny! It was a great finish to the event as some of the players were lucky enough to win tickets in the Wimbledon ballot.”