DS Sessions at Indoor Centre

Totally Tennis has teamed up with DSActive, a programme run by the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA), to provide opportunities for children with Down’s Syndrome to play tennis at the indoor centre.

This sessions, run during term time, take place on Sunday mornings with coach Dom and the group young players between the ages of 10-18 years learn the basic strokes and tactics of tennis as well as developing agility, balance and coordination.

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Head Coach James McIntosh said “It’s great to see so many smiling faces and the players enjoying their sessions. He’d added, “Since they have started we have seen a significant improvement in developing their co-ordination skills and their ability to rally with the coach.”

As well as the DS session’s Totally Tennis offers coaching specifically designed for players with disabilities as part of the club’s community programme. The coaches have many aids to help children with disabilities along with fun games and drills to aid learning.

Brownie Pack Visit Totally Tennis

Totally Tennis has always been involved with supporting the local community as part of its ongoing Community Tennis Programme so were pleased to  host the 2nd Silchester Brownie pack at the indoor centre recently.

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Thirty-six girls visited the club after picking tennis as their new sport to try this term. The girls and their leaders enjoyed a fun on-court session with Head Coach James and assistant Loic learning the basics of tennis and playing tennis games.

McIntosh said, “The session was organised for the girls to experience a different sport. It went really well and the girls were all very enthusiastic. It was good to give the opportunity to those who had never played tennis before.”

It seems everyone had a great time and enjoyed the acidity with the girls declaring it fun and wanting to play again. Pack Leader Kirstie Jones said, ‘They had such a great time, the foam balls made it accessible to all in a very safe environment.”

If you are involved with a community group and want to book a tennis session or enquiry about our coaches visiting you as a junior activity or an adult team building session please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358815

Tennis is a sport for everyone – Play for FREE at Totally Tennis on Saturday 12th May

Try tennis for FREE at Totally Tennis this coming weekend (Saturday 12th May 2018) as part of the Law Tennis Assosication’s national Great British Tennis Weekend (GBTW) events. There will be something to suit the whole family at the indoor centre located in Basingstoke’s War Memorial Park including Mini Tennis, Juniors and Adults sessions as well as lots of other fun activities to keep the whole family entertained.

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Don’t worry if you don’t have your own rackets as all equipment will be provided – just come along and enjoy the fun, whether you’ve never picked up a racket before or you’re a regular player.

Saturday 12 May – 10:00 – 15:00

We are running different sessions throughout the day for juniors (all ages), adults only and for families too. No need to worry if it rains, with four indoor and four outdoor courts we play tennis all year round ! Our coaches are all LTA qualified, CRB checked and great fun ! Please book onto a session or register that you will be coming along and we look forward to meeting you at our open day.

Mini Tennis – Under 9’s (10:00am – 11:00am)

Children between 3 and 8 years old can get stuck into the world of tennis with an exciting programme from the LTA sponsored by Highland Spring. With smaller courts, nets and rackets and lower bouncing balls, LTA Mini Tennis offers the perfect introduction to the sport, with all the fun and energy of the real thing.

Reserve your place HERE

Adult Coaching (10:00am – 11:00am)

Try our adult coaching taster session. Ideal for people new to the sport or who haven’t picked up a racket in a long time. You can borrow our rackets if you don’t have your own, just come prepared to hit a few balls and have some fun.

Reserve your place HERE

Juniors – 9 – 15yrs (11:00am – 12:30pm)

No matter what your ability you’ll have fun on court with of junior players your age. Coaches will be on hand to offer tips to help your game and advice on how you can continue to play.

Reserve your place HERE

**Look out for the promotional offer that will be available on the day**

For more information about Totally Tennis call 01256 358816 and to find out about the the GBTW open days and to book online click here

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First photo used with courtesy of clubspark.lta.org.uk/opendays

Futures Fair for Disability Tennis

As part of the Totally Tennis Community Tennis Programme Jill Gibson represented the club at the Futures Fair held at Dove House to promote Tennis for children with Disabilities.

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The Futures Fair is an event for people with learning disabilities or difficulties and their families to explore the services and organisations within their local community.  As well as providing information and support, the event aims to showcase all the organisations and charities that currently provide services such as; education and training, clubs or facilities, housing, care and advice to people with learning disabilities, as well as offer on the spot advice on employment and benefits.

Totally Tennis offers sessions specifically designed for players with a disability and Gibson showed that there are many aids to help children learn to play tennis whatever their ability. The weekly disability sessions run at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park are as follows:

Sundays 11am – 12 noon Coaching for players with Down’s Syndrome

This session is run as a course during term time in conjunction with the Down Syndrome Active team and teaches the basic strokes and tactics of tennis as well as developing agility, balance and coordination.  

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Sundays 3pm – 4pm  Coaching for players with disabilities

This session for players with disabilities is aimed at developing their tennis skills whatever their ability.  Modified equipment is used in fun games and drills to aid their learning.  

For more information about the Totally Tennis Disability sessions telephone 01256 358816 or visit http://www.totallytennis.co.uk

Maria Miller MP Visits Totally Tennis

Totally Tennis hosted a special visitor last week when Maria Miller MP came to the indoor centre to see the Satellite coaching centre in action. Pupils from Costello Technology College and Sherfield School, including some of the clubs mini performance players and the school’s tennis scholars were involved in an on court coaching session with Tennis Director Nigel Long and the coaching team.

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The Satellite initiative is part of the London 2012 Olympic Legacy to get more young people to regularly participate in sport through the expert coaching available in local sports clubs such as Totally Tennis who have a successful Community Schools Tennis Programme. The aim of the programme is to ensure that every secondary school and sixth form college in Hampshire is offered the opportunity to host a satellite club by 2016, open to all young people across the local community including neighbouring schools, not just the school’s own pupils. The satellite club scheme also works alongside the “This Girl Can” campaign to encourage more women to get involved and play sport.

Miller commented “Satellite clubs offer more young people the opportunity to get involved in sports with expert coaching from local clubs. Too many young women drop out of sport in their teenage years because they don’t find a sport for them or the facilities don’t cater for their individual needs. This programme is part of a broader scheme to try to reverse that trend and get us all more active.”

The Satellite clubs are run by dedicated professionals who are committed to young people being given the chance to try a wide variety of sports that might otherwise be unavailable to them.” she added “More funding is available for more clubs and schools to set up satellite clubs in the town. We need more to get involved and reach out to children who currently may not take part in sport outside of school on a regular basis. “

339c6a7e75ed998e4e88e2a52db5a53dSatellite Clubs are aimed at young people aged 11-25 and delivered by Sport Hampshire & IOW. Priya Samuel, Satellite Clubs Development Manager from the Partnership also attended the event and said “Satellite Clubs are about increasing and retaining the number of 11 – 25 year olds in sport. We achieve this through partnerships like this one with Totally Tennis and Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council, who work together to delver quality sport in a safe and fun environment.” she added “To have the Totally Tennis Satellite Club visited today by Maria Miller MP is fantastic for us as one can see the great work delivered by the coaches and the whole Totally Tennis team
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Information sourced about Maria Miller MP from maria4basingstoke.co.uk

Great British Tennis Weekend 2015 in Pictures

A sunny afternoon was the perfect setting for this years Great British Tennis Weekend (GBTW) event at Totally Tennis’ last Saturday, where approximately fifty people of all ages and abilities were welcomed to pick up a racket and play tennis for free on both the indoor and outdoor courts in the War Memorial Park.

Lots of families were on court enjoying the fun and games aided by the team of coaches. Young players enjoyed the free balloons, wristbands and face painting. Cakes, teas and ice creams were also sold at the community event.

Tennis Director Nigel Long said ”It was great to see so many new players as well as some of our regulars. We hope they enjoyed themselves and will return to join some sessions in our programme here at the indoor centre.”

The GBTW scheme is designed to get people outdoors and trying tennis for free this summer at various locations countrywide on three weekends 16th & 17th May, 13th & 14th June and 1st & 2nd August. Thousands of free events will be taking place across the country for the whole family and will offer players the chance to experience Highland Spring Mini Tennis, Cardio Tennis, coaching and relaxed free play visit www.clubspark.lta.org.uk for more information.

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