At Home with The Hignetts | Self-Isolation Tennis Training Exercises

We asked performance players and coaches Liam and Isla Hignett to give us some tennis training exercises that can be practiced at home, either indoors or in the garden, to keep everyone active over this period of enforced self-isolation.

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The first series of five exercises, that can be performed alone or with a sibling/parent, include the following (demonstration videos will be published on our social media over the coming days):

  1. Crossover step
  2. Weight transfer through ground strokes
  3. Volley switch challenge
  4. Staying low to deal with low volleys
  5. Contact point against the wall

We would love to see your videos of you trying the exercises. Let us know what you are doing to get fit and active.

Thank you Liam and Isla for helping us to keep motivated at this challenging time 😉

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

Busy coach education weekend at the indoor centre

Totally Tennis’ indoor centre was a hive of activity last weekend with coaching candidates participating in Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) level 1 and 2 courses. The club itself has an excellent track record for developing homegrown coaches with several of the current coaching team making the successful transition from player to coach. The club offers its own mentoring programme as well as LTA coach education courses held throughout the year. This weekend was no exception with yellow squad player Harry Feast starting his LTA coaching journey on the Level 1 course.

Totally Tennis’ Director Nigel Long, who is also a director of UCoach and a LTA Master Tutor, said, “It was fantastic to see so many people at the indoor centre this weekend starting their journey into coaching.”  He added, “Candidates come from all over the country to take courses and we hope that their introduction to coaching will inspire them to continue their journey as well as benefitting the players at their respective clubs.”

bc1033a9-5ac3-41c4-8f19-19c57a879603Totally Tennis is one of three coach education centres operated by UCoach, the others being Batchwood and Sutton, that deliver LTA courses on behalf of the country’s national governing body of tennis. UCoach, the largest coach education provider in the UK trains over 1000 coaches a year from level 1-4. Alongside fellow LTA tutors Long delivers a variety of courses across the various levels at Totally Tennis every year.

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Meet Our Coaches: Steph Catlin

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Coach Profile: Steph Catlin

Coaching Qualification: LTA Level 2

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Nine

How were you introduced to the sport?

Holiday camps at TT

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

It’s home from home 🙂

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Serena Williams, she’s a Queen

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

Meeting all different types of people from all walks of life

How often do you coach?

Four times a week

Do you play any other sport?

Does CrossFit count? 

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Obtaining a tennis scholarship to a Division 1 University in the USA

 

Meet Our Coaches: Jamie Barry

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Coaching Qualification:   Level 3

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Two

How were you introduced to the sport?

Through my parents as my mum’s a tennis coach and my dad’s a keen player.

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

My coach and idol growing up was Jason Jokhoo who grew up playing at Totally Tennis and coached there for years before moving to Salisbury. He always spoke really highly of Totally Tennis and Nigel Long so when I got the chance to join the team, learn from great coaches and work with really good players while following in Jason’s footsteps it was a no brainer!

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I really enjoy seeing players enjoying tennis and improving their game at the same time.

How often do you coach?

Six days a week

Do you play any other sport?

Football and Golf

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

As a player I’ve won the county closed doubles three times but my most proud moment was watching a player I’ve coached for years playing at Wimbledon in the Road to Wimbledon competition.

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

Hignett Gains LTA Level 3 Coaching Qualification

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett  has passed his Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Level 3 Coaching Qualification.

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Current Hampshire & IOW County Championships Men’s champion, Hignett will be sharing his experience and expertise with players in the junior and adult programmes. He also offers private lessons as well as hitting sessions for performance players looking for that extra practice.

Hignett started playing at Totally Tennis from the age of ten in the junior performance squads and has gone on to win many titles as a junior and in then in the men’s competitions in both singles and doubles. He played at Wimbledon after winning the HSBC Road to Wimbledon county title and has represented Hampshire & IOW in various County Cup matches across several different age groups. He gained a tennis scholarship to Sherfield School via the club’s ongoing partnership with the school and won more titles with the school team.

He has been a volunteer coach at the club for several years and previously passed both his LTA Level 1 and 2 coaching awards. He has gained plenty of experience coaching juniors, adults and some of the performance players under the mentoring scheme working with all the coaches at the indoor centre. He has learnt many new skills as part of his level 3 course including how to coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals, understanding the basics of business management, the competitive structure in the UK and working with level 1 and 2 coaching assistants. Alongside the four modules Hignett undertook coaching experience with a mentor, compiled a portfolio and passed his final on court practical coaching assessment.

Hignett said, “I’m happy to have passed my level 3 course and looking forward to continuing to develop as a coach. I’m thankful to the coaches who have been giving me advice and pointers on how I can improve and also to tutors Nigel Long and Guy Leverton for a great course and for helping me to pass.”

Tennis Director Nigel Long said, ‘Unlike many other coaches having played to such a high level will really benefit Liam’s career as well as our players as he can now share all his playing experiences and tactical and technical knowledge. “

Hignett has also completed the LTA referee development course that enables him to run events at the club such as the recent LTA South West County Tour series. He will be running South West Winter County Tour series at Totally Tennis until March for juniors aged from eight to eighteen – to find out more about the tournaments and to enter visit www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/

For more information about individual lessons with Hignett contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or Hignett himself via Instagram and Facebook

Congratulations Liam! 😉

Happy New Year from Totally Tennis

Happy New Year from the team at Totally Tennis. The coaching team, which includes three new members, are looking forward to welcoming everyone on court to get 2019 off to a fit and healthy start.

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Junior squads re-start from 7th January (tomorrow) and new team members Jane Timmis, Jamie Barry and Julia Moore will be involved in coaching the junior sessions as well as adult sessions.

Jane Timmis is an LTA Accredited+ Level 5 Coach, the top coaching level available and she has extensive experience in coaching individuals and groups across all age ranges.  With a lifelong love of tennis, she has recently returned to coaching and is keen to impart her knowledge and enthusiasm for the game onto others.  Jane plays competitively for her club and county and in 2018 she represented England as well as a member of her club team that won the European Club Championship title in her age group.

Julia Moore is an experienced player who is ranked top ten in her county and 125 in the world for her age group. As a coach, she ensures players enjoy themselves while improving technical and tactical techniques and their mental game. Jamie Barry has played for seventeen years and was in fact previously coached by a former Totally Tennis performance player and coach Jason Jokhoo.  He has won many titles and currently represents Wiltshire in County Cup Events, Jamie has chosen coaching as a career as he loves to help players reach their full potential. 

Tennis Director Nigel Long said. “We would like to welcome our new coaches  Jane, Jamie and Julia to the team.  They have a great tennis pedigree and we are more than delighted that they have decided to join Totally Tennis in 2019.”

He added, “Jordan, Jamie and Ben have decided to move on with their careers elsewhere and we wish them all the best in their new ventures.”

Happy New Year !