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.
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 !
Totally Tennis performance player Daniel Prickett won the 16U Boys Singles title at David Lloyd Southampton October Half Term Tournament 2018.
In the first round he beat Franko Stoman 6-0, 6-3 followed by a tough match against second seed Connor Turner 6-2, 6-7(6), 10-4 in round two. He then defeated eighth seed Jed Voysey 7-5, 6-4 in the quarters and third seed George Russell in the semis 6-3, 0-6, 10-4. In the final he beat fourth seed Owen Martel 7-5, 6-2 to win the title.
Totally Tennis mini tennis players Hayden Cummings, Harry Dolman and twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar also all competed in the half term event. Cummings was the consolation runner-up in the 10U Boys Singles event. He lost in the first round of the main draw against Aidan Hewitt 4-1, 4-2 but then defeated wild card Marcin Kornijczuk in the consolation quarters 4-1, 4-0 followed by Theodor Kraytchev 4-1, 4-0 in the semis before battling in the three set final against Yinghan Ho 4-0, 2-4, 13-11 to finish as runner-up.
The Chendhilkumar brothers were both also knocked out of the main draw in the first round. Gevin lost to Felix Inglis 5-3, 4-1 and then Jaydan Mitchell 4-0, 4-0 in the consolations quarters. Guhan was beaten by Alec Vaughan 4-0, 4-0 and then by eventual consolation winner Ho in the consolation quarters 4-0, 4-0. In the 9U Boys Singles Dolman played in group D and went out of the competition after coming third in the box.
Performance player and former Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett is putting his gap year to good use by taking on a coaching role at the club where he will be working with both adults and juniors in various sessions at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre. He will also be continuing his tournament referee role as well as competing in a variety of tournaments countrywide and studying for his Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) level 3 coaching qualification.
Hignett, who completed his A levels the summer, decided to forgo his scholarship at Tennessee Technological University (TTU) in favour of studying at university in the UK after his gap year which we see him concentrate on competing and progressing his coaching career.
Current Hampshire & IOW County Championships Men’s champion, Hignett will be sharing his experience and expertise with players in the junior development and orange/green squads, adults drills, Saturday munchkin and junior clubs as well as the weekend Pirates and Indians squads. He will also be offering private lessons as well as hitting sessions for performance players looking for that extra practice.
His level 3 coach qualification* starts next week and will be completed in January 2019. He will learn many skills including how to coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals, understanding the basics of business management and the competitive structure in the UK and work with level 1 and 2 coaching assistants. Alongside the four modules Hignett will need to undertake coaching experience with a mentor, compile a portfolio and pass a final on court practical coaching assessment.
Hignett completed the LTA referee development course that enables him to run events at the club such as the recent LTA South West Summer County Tour series. He will be running South West Winter County Tour series at Totally Tennis between September and March for juniors aged from eight to eighteen – to find out more about the tournaments and to enter visit www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/
Hignett said, “I am looking forward to coaching regularly at Tennis Totally in between my tournaments that are scheduled during my gap year. This will provide me with some more experience that will prove to be useful in the future.”
For more information contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or Hignett via Instagram and Facebook
*LTA Level 3 course information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk
As the summer holidays draw to a close it’s time for the return of the Totally Tennis Junior Squads which form part of the the club’s development and performance programme run by our team of LTA licensed coaches. Totally Tennis squads are run on weekdays and 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.
Development squads include Pirates (4-6 years), Indians (6-8 years), Dodgers (8-9 years) and Giants (9-10 years). 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.
The 2018 autumn term started today (3rd September) and will run for sixteen weeks until 21st December 2018 (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. For more information about the squad programme and session fees telephone 01256 358816 or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk/squads
Tennis Director Nigel Long and Head Coach James McIntosh attended the latest Tennis for Kids course held at Portsmouth Tennis Centre, following in the footsteps of coach Steph Catlin who already attended the Oxford course.
Along with the specific Tennis for Kids course training the duo got to meet former British No. 1 Katie O’Brian who reached career-high singles ranking of World number 84 and Naomi Cavaday who was at the time of her retirement British number 6 with a world ranking of World number 231.
The campaign was launched in 2016 and last year 20,000* children throughout the country took part in the LTA’s tennis starter course for children with 98% of parents stating that they were happy with their child’s experience. Why not find out more and get your family involved in 2018?
Totally Tennis will be running these lessons at the indoor centre ……..watch this space as dates will be coming soon! Long and McIntosh will be running their six week course after the May half term – click here
to see the course dates once they are uploaded by the end of the week.
Read more about ‘Tennis For Kids’ in previous posts Catlin Attends Tennis For Kids Course in Oxford
* Information used with courtesy of clubspark.lta.org.uk/TennisForKids
A new group of secondary school students attended the LTA Tennis Leaders course held at the indoor centre last week. The one-day session, run by Head Coach James McIntosh, included thirteen candidates from Bishop Challoner pupils and one pupil from Costello Technology College.
McIntosh, himself a young coach who has made the successful transition from player to coach at the club, started his coaching career on the leaders course whilst still at Brighton Hill Community School. Throughout the years the majority of the Totally Tennis coaching team started by playing tennis at the club as teenagers working their way up through the performance squads and showing an interest in coaching as a potential career via the LTA Tennis Leaders Award.
McIntosh said, “The students enjoyed the course and had loads of fun playing in their mini tennis tournament at the end of the day.” he added, “Now the leaders have completed the course they will be helping out with the annual Primary Schools Tournament which is being held at Totally Tennis on Tuesday 8th May“.
Becoming an LTA tennis leader is a young player’s first step onto the tennis coaching pathway and is available for those thirteen and over. The candidates learn a variety of skills including warm-up activties, co-ordination and racket skills, lesson structure and teaching as well as how to run a competition. They also learn important communication and organisation skills which are needed to be a successful coach and are offered support and advice by the coaching team. Voluntary on-court hours are offered as part of the follow-on opportunities at the club to continue their involvement with the game.
Tennis Director Nigel Long, who founded the club, identified a need to retain young players in tennis through both playing, coaching and developing leadership skills and using the existing coaching team to mentor younger players. The tennis leaders course increases the awareness of the coaching opportunities available in sport as a career in this country and is a nationally recognised LTA qualification that is great for a players CV regardless of their choice of career.
Homegrown player to coach Jamie Jordan bids farewell to Totally Tennis today to continue his coaching career at Surbiton Tennis Club in Surrey.
Jordan, 25 started playing at the club at the age of ten, progressing through the squad programme and he was one of the first players to complete the Tennis Leaders Award whilst aged just fourteen. After leaving school Jordan joined the coaching team and has worked his way up the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) coaching qualification leader to become a level 4 Senior Club Coach teaching both juniors and adults.
With fellow coach Ben Jubin he twice won the Doubles Exhibition Match title beating Head Coach James McIntosh and Simon James. He has also represented the club in the Basingstoke and District Tennis Leagues in the adult teams.
Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “Jamie has been at Totally Tennis ever since he was a young player in squads and we wish him every success for the future now that he is moving on.”
Good luck with your new job Jamie!