The annual Festival of Sport took place in Basingstoke’s Twin Town Euskirchen last week and a team of Totally Tennis junior players travelled to Germany to defend the club’s unbeaten record in the competition.
The team, who were representing both the club and Basingstoke in the annual sporting competition organised by the Basingstoke Sports Council, were just some of the nearly two hundred representatives that made the trip over to the twin town this year to compete in a variety of sports.
The tennis team of Harry Fest, Ollie Brown, Josh Furneaux, Dylan Hall-Jones, Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow, Tillie Reid, Kirsty Da Silva, Amberly Chapman and Tinuke Adelakun travelled with head coach James Macintosh to compete in the event which was celebrating its 26th year of competition . The group arrived on Thursday morning and had a day out at the theme park Phantasialand before meeting their host families who they stayed with for the weekend.
On Friday morning the players had a training session on the clay courts at Rotweiss Tennis followed by an afternoon of social events and a BBQ. The tennis competition was held on Saturday with Totally Tennis maintaining their unbeaten record in the competition winning a convincing 14 – 0 overall. In the singles, Ollie won 6 – 4, Josh 6-3 and 6 – 1, Dylan 6 – 4, Tinuke 6 – 1, Harry 6 – 3, Kirsty 6 – 1, James 6 – 0 and 6 – 1 and Isla 6 – 0. In the doubles Amberly/Kirsty won 6 – 0 and 6 – 2, Tillie/Tinuke 6 – 0 and Dylan/Amberly 6 – 2.
The four-day annual event, organised by Kevin Laing from the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council, included training and competition in a variety of sports culminating in the final presentation on Saturday evening. Basingstoke claimed overall victory beating Eurskichen 26 – 8 to be declared the 2018 Festival of Sport winners.
Each year sports teams from Basingstoke and Euskirchen meet for the sporting event on an annual reciprocal hosting basis and each sport competes against each other with the overall scores deciding which town wins the overall trophy. The other teams competing were Basingstoke Academy of Dance, Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics Club, Summit and AWE Judo Clubs, the Vyne Secondary School, Sherborne St John Boys U12 and U14 Football Club, Bishop Challoner Secondary School, St Mary’s Junior School and Basingstoke Volleyball Club.