Head Coach James will run the 2020 London Marathon

Head Coach James McIntosh will run the 2020 London Marathon in April in memory of his dad who sadly passed away in August 2018 after just three weeks of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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McIntosh will be running the marathon on Sunday 26th April in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK, a tough disease to diagnose, to treat, to research and even tougher to survive. For too long this disease has been sidelined, it’s important that everyone affected by it gets all the help they need. Pancreatic Cancer UK support those affected by the disease, investing in ground breaking research, lobbying for greater recognition of pancreatic cancer and being a voice for everyone involved in the fight.

With just over 100 days to go McIntosh’s marathon preparation have become and he’s on track after continuing his training from running the Oxford half marathon last October. He plans to introduce some longer runs shortly and will post training updates on his JustGiving page (linked below).

McIntosh said, “I am looking forward to running the London Marathon as it’s always been on my bucket list. I know the training will be hard but I am very motivated to do.” he added, “It’s a great test of character and fitness and I know after all the time spent playing and watching sports with my Dad that he would have fully supported me in this next challenge. I embrace this amazing opportunity and would love to raise as much  money as possible for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of my Dad.”

To find out more and to donate please visit McIntosh’s JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/virginmoneylondonmarathon20202-jamesmcintosh

Read more about Pancreatic Cancer UK by clicking www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk

Christmas Jumper Week 2019

Coaches and players of all ages joined in with the club’s festive charity event ‘Christmas Jumper Week’ in support of Save The Children‘s now annual official Christmas Jumper Day that took place across the country on Friday 13th December.

5e9bf327-0ba4-48e2-aba5-1701cfed97fbDonations can STILL be made via the Totally Tennis Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day Just Giving page – click www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CJD190038133 to donate £2 (or more if you’re feeling generous) to help us reach our team target.

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Christmas Jumper Day raises money to help create a brighter future for children. Find out more about the Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day by clicking HERE. Every pound donated will give children in the UK and around the world the chance to grow up healthy and happy, so they can become who they want to be! Just £2 could pay for antibiotics for eight children suffering from pneumonia, one of the biggest killers of children, whilst £5 could provide a winter jacket for a child in Syria. Read more about Save The Children and how their annual Christmas Jumper Day campaign helps children HERE05adcb34-047f-484c-b014-2620b2f7bf46

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Official photos and additional info used with courtesy of savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day

Totally Tennis Charity Pub Quiz Night

Thirty five players and their guests had a great evening at the Totally Tennis charity pub quiz night hosted by coach Steph at The Queen’s College Arms in Pamber End, Tadley on Friday evening.

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Along with the quiz and dinner there were tennis lessons, courts and sessions plus lots of festive prizes raffled off to raise money towards a defibrillator for the courts.

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Tennis Director Nigel Long, “I’d like to say a massive thank you to Steph for organising such a successful evening and to everyone that came for their fabulous support.”

Christmas Jumper Week 2019

The Totally Tennis festive charity event this year will be Christmas Jumper day to raise funds for Save The Children.  To coincide with the official ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ on Friday 13th December, players and coaches are encouraged to wear their festive jumpers in squads all week long from Monday 9th December onwards to give all squad players the chance to join in.

Donations can be made via the Totally Tennis Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day Just Giving page – click www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CJD190038133 to donate £2 (or more if you’re feeling generous) to help us reach our team target. Save the Children have also given us a personal QR code (see below)  – anyone who scans the code and then donates will contribute to our fundraising total. (Not sure how it works? Here’s a link to the handy guide on using QR codes claim.savethechildren.org.uk/guide. You will be billed £2 plus standard rate text message). Save the Children receive 100% of your donation.

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On Friday 13th December thousands of people up and down the UK will start their day by pulling on a Christmas jumper for a great cause – to help create a brighter future for children. Find out more about the Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day by clicking HERE

Every pound donated will give children in the UK and around the world the chance to grow up healthy and happy, so they can become who they want to be! Just £2 could pay for antibiotics for eight children suffering from pneumonia, one of the biggest killers of children, whilst £5 could provide a winter jacket for a child in Syria. Read more about Save The Children and how their annual Christmas Jumper Day campaign helps children HERE

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Official photos and additional info used with courtesy of savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day

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.

Half Marathon PB for Head Coach McIntosh in Oxford

Head Coach James McIntosh competed in the Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon at the weekend, running to raise money for the Alzheimers Society.

This was McIntosh’s second Oxford half marathon where he managed an impressive official race time of 1:26:25 bettering his previous time of 1:30:20, this was also a personal best despite the lashing rain. Overall he finished 267 out of 6,840 runners and 138 out of the 3,366 men competing in the race (31/568 males in the 30-34 age category). McIntosh has raised £355 (his target was £350) via his JustGiving page – click on the link in paragraph below to donate.

McIntosh said, “Thanks to everyone who donated on my Just Giving page to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Despite the rain I enjoyed the run and was happy to get a new PB!“

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The Alzheimer’s Society is a national charity that helps to create a better world for people affected by dementia and is transforming the landscape of the illness forever. Until the day a cure is found, the society offers those affected and their families, support and acceptance to help them live in the community without fear or prejudice.

Donations can be made via McIntosh’s Just Giving page by clicking HERE. Read more about the charity and its fundraising events here.

Well Done James!

Club Held Its Annual Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning

Totally Tennis held it’s World’s Biggest Coffee morning event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support alongside the clubs’ regular Mixed Morning session last Friday. The players enjoyed the matchplay session followed by coffee and a choice of delicious cakes at the indoor centre. The event raised to the charity’s goal to meet its target for this year.

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The club has been a regular supporter of the annual coffee morning event for many years, raising money to donate to the charity which improves the lives of people and their families affected by cancer. Last year the nationwide coffee morning events raised an incredible £26,914,382.

Head coach James McIntosh said, “In total Totally Tennis raised £132 for Macmillan. Thank you to everyone that supported the event by attending the coffee morning donating to this great cause. Also thanks to everyone that baked for the event.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest charity fundraising event raising money to enable the charity to provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care in this country. The money raised at events like the coffee morning funds vital services and enables the charity to work alongside people affected by cancer and improve cancer care, making a real difference in people’s lives.