Adult and Junior Group Sessions Restart

With lockdown restrictions easing the first step to returning to normality was the re-opening of the outdoor courts with a new online booking and payment system (book and pay online here www.totallytennis.co.uk).

Phase two has been the restarting of group sessions, smaller groups of players for adult drills and junior squads. Following on from feedback from parents, groups of a maximum of 5 players have been introduced for squads to ensure the required social distance is maintained and the sessions adhere to government and LTA guidelines. The Ferguson and Rushmere families have embraced the new squad sessions with the four children who attend school together (pictured below) now enjoying weekly sessions with Tennis Director Nigel with great feedback received.

Parent Claire Ferguson said, “The kids absolutely loved the session on Monday.  It was run so well from every aspect, the adjustments for Coronavirus were so well  thought through and implemented fully but it didn’t take away from the learning or the enjoyment.” she added, “After such a long break the kids made progress in just their first lesson back and it was just so lovely as a parent to see (and hear!) the fun they were having, wonderful to get back to some normality in a safe way, an absolute tonic. Thank you!

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Long said, “We’re all so pleased to get back on court and return to some sort of normality! We’re really grateful for everyone’s support and positive feedback as some of our regular coaching sessions have been reintroduced. We’d also like to thank everyone for their patience and we hope will will be back in FULL SWING soon!

For any parents interested in their child/children returning to squad sessions please be assured that hand sanitiser will be used frequently throughout the sessions. On arrival, players are asked to go straight to the outdoor courts where the coach will be waiting. For now the toilets (Pavilion) will remain closed. Parents can watch the sessions outside the court boundary but must maintain a 2m social distance away from the courts entrance so other players can access (read more about the LTA guidelines here www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/).

It’s not just good news for our juniors players as adult drills have also returned with more days/sessions added from next week. Adult drills sessions are now available Monday and Tuesday with group sizes limited to 5 players plus the coach – book fast via the links below to avoid missing out on a space.

​Monday Advanced Drills 6.30 – 7.30pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/BookClass/7918aaba-5ca5-4d1b-955a-3945adf87b9a

Monday Improver Drills 7.30 – 8.30pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/BookClass/21477fd8-c05c-4727-96c7-3b8f290cad1e

Tuesday Improver Drills 8 – 9pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/Coaching/Summary/9ee53e1c-00b6-4161-a6ef-7bf69b63558e

Outdoor courts can continue to be booked in advance via our online booking system, if you would like to play please visit www.totallytennis.co.uk where you can book and pay for your court. For more information on any of the sessions, court bookings or general enquires please telephone 01256 358816, e-mail us at tt@totallytennis.co.uk or send us a Facebook message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Keep an eye on our social media for any further announcements for more playing options.

 

Totally Tennis get involved in the KJS Virtual Sports Day

Sports Day traditionally features in a school’s summer calendar but this year due to the pandemic one local Basingstoke school have thought outside the box. Kempshott Junior School have introduced the first ever KJS Virtual Sports Day! The 2020 virtual edition, that runs from Monday 29thJune (today) to Friday 3rd July, will give pupils the opportunity to still get involved in the fun, competitive event.

Totally Tennis were excited to be asked to be involved in the KJS Multi-Sports Event where pupils can take part in one or more activities alongside the second event, the KJS Virtual Pentathlon.


Coach Liam provided some tennis volley challenges (see YouTube video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkwOuG37Xfw&feature=youtu.be) for the KJS Multi-Sports Event. The other 5 activities included shuttle runs, skipping over 50m, balance challenge, dizzy football and speed bounce. The KJS Virtual Pentathlon includes run 1km, seated throw, standing long jump, vertical jump and cycle 3km. Participation in both events gives pupils the opportunity to earn points towards the House Cup and additional bonus points are up for grabs in the ‘Beat the teacher’ and the family activity, the ‘Lamp Post relay’.

KJS teacher Chris Golding said, “We have planned a Virtual Sports Day as the majority of our pupils are still working from home. Over the course of this week, the children at home can complete up to 11 sporting activities sending their results back to school by Friday on a questionnaire.” he added, “9 of the 11 events have video demonstrations attached to them.”

Liam was kind enough to provide us with one of those events and a video to go with it. It was clear, concise and included two fun activities for families to try at home.”

Mr Golding and his colleagues are mid-way through the Sports Day for the Year 6 pupils who are in school today and the children here definitely had fun trying it out (some of our teachers did too!). Two of the pupils commented,

It was fun, I like the fact that there was more than one challenge.” (Year 6 Pupil A)

I liked that it was a group activity instead of it being individual.” (Year 6 Pupil B)

Easter Tennis Camps | 2020

Do you want your child to burn off some energy and have a fantastic time this Easter Holiday? For a healthy and challenging experience try our Tennis Camps that give junior players the opportunity to improve their skills, fitness and make new friends while having lots of fun. The scheme has OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by our experienced Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualified and licensed coaches.

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Packed with opportunities to learn and play tennis the sessions at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park will be running from Monday 6th to Thursday 9th April and from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th April. Sessions are available as morning, afternoon (excludes Friday) options and there are also both two and five-day packages for children aged from four years old (children must be 5 and over to stay for the full day). Mornings will be tennis orientated while the afternoon sessions also include multi-sports, all players are invited to join in the Easter fun and find all the hidden eggs.

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Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities (layers when cold, sunscreen and a hat when hot) and need to bring a packed lunch and drinks, Children will be supervised throughout the day, including lunch breaks. Rackets will be provided for those who need one. Please note refunds will only be given with 24 hours notice and sessions need a minimum number of participants in order to take place. As a result of a cancellation by Totally Tennis an alternative will be offered.

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For more information about the Tennis Camp programme please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, email tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

Bring A Buddy Week | February 2020

It was Bring a Buddy week at Totally Tennis last week where junior development players were invited to ask siblings and friends to join in their session.

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Head coach James McIntosh said, “It was great to see some of our squad players bring along their friends or siblings to join in with their session, especially those that hasn’t played tennis before. We look forward to doing another Bring a Buddy week next term.” 

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Look out for the Bring A Buddy week next term 😉

 

Cummings Wins in Berkshire

Junior performance player Hayden Cummings won the 12 & under Boys title at the East Winter County Tour held at Cantley Park in Berkshire.

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In the quarter final Cummings beat Aarush Garde 4-0, 4-0, Harry Caulton in the semis 4-2, 4-1 and James Parnwell 4-3(6), 4-0 in the final to win teh event.

Cummings was runner-up in the South East Winter County Tour 14 & under Boys singles  played at the Guildford Tennis Academy. In the quarter finals he beat Haydn Wydenbach 4-0, 4-0 followed by Lev Surkov in the semis 4-2, 4-0 but lost a three set battle in the final against Sebastian Goodbody 2-4, 4-0, 10-3 to finish as runner-up.

Congratulations Hayden 😉

 

Win for Cummings in Buckinghamshire

Performance player Hayden Cumming has been busy competing in different tournaments in both singles and doubles competitions.

Last weekend he won the 12 & under Boys title at the Bucks Indoor Winter County Tour held at the Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre in High Wycombe. In the quarter final he beat Theron Mixides 4-1, 4-2 followed by Gabriel Hall 4-1, 4-2 in the semis and then defeated Gabriel Riminton in the final 4-0, 4-2 to win the event.

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At the South West Winter County Tour held at Totally Tennis last month Cummings and partner Thomas Allen-Green competed in the 14 & under Boys Doubles event finishing in 5th place. In the first round, of the event run by coach Liam Hignett, the pair beat Edward Hewlett/Tom Harris 3-4 (4), 4-1, [10-6] but then lost to eventual runners-up Aidan Fletcher/Dennis Dimov in the quarters 3-4 (11), 4-1, [10-2]. They then played Daniel Joita/Conrad Plum in their first play-off match winning 4-0, 4-1 and then beat Christian Rowbotham/Cesar Muresan 4-1, 4-1 in their second play-off match to finish in 5th position overall. 

In the East Winter County Tour, held at Maidenhead Lawn Tennis Centre, Cummings competed in the 12 & under Boys Doubles event with partner Theodor Kraytchev. Unfortunately the boys lost in the first round against eventual winners James Parnwell/Conrad Plum 4-2, 3-4(4), [11-9] but went on to win the consolation event after beating Thomas Taylor-Widgery/Ben Shaer in the semis 4-3(3), 4-0 and Zac Peters/Joshua Fienberg in the final 4-0, 4-0.

Congratulations Hayden 😉

Festive Schedule 2019

Tis the season to get festive at Totally Tennis and enjoy some Chritsmas fun for juniors and adults throughout December. Come celebrate the festive season with us and work off all those mince pies too 😉 Drop the children off for some Tennis Camp fun while you do all that last minute shopping.

Wednesday 4th December

Adults – 50+ Christmas lunch

Friday 6th December

Adults – Fundraising Pub Quiz at The Queen’s College Arms in Pamber End, Tadley – 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm) £20 per person (includes dinner). Maximum of 6 players per team – click HERE for more details

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Monday 9th – Friday 13th December

Juniors – Christmas Jumper Day for squads all week long in aid of Save The Children – click HERE for more information

Coach Christmas CJD

Saturday 14th December 

Christmas TT Tour – Red & Orange 1pm – 3pm (SIGN UP IN RECEPTION)

Sunday 15th December

Christmas TT Tour – Green & Yellow 1pm – 3pm (SIGN UP IN RECEPTION)

Friday 20th December

Adults – Drunken Drills 7:00pm – 8:30pm (£15 per player)

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Sunday 22nd December

Last day of squad term

Monday 23rd December

Juniors – Tennis Camp 9:00am – 4:00pm (Booking Required) – Click HERE for more information

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Tuesday 24th December

Open for court bookings 10:00am – 2:00pm

**Christmas Day and Boxing Day – CLOSED**

Friday 27th December

Adults – Mixed Morning 10:00 – 11:30am

Juniors – Mini Tennis Tournament 1:00 – 3:00pm

Saturday 28th December

Juniors – Munchkin Club 10:00 – 11:00am & Junior Club 11:00 – 12:30pm

Adults – Doubles Tournament (Time TBC)

Monday 30th December

Adults – Mixed Morning 10:00 – 11:30am

Advanced Drills 6:30 – 7:30pm

Improver Drills 7:30 – 8:30pm

Juniors – Tennis Camp 9:00am – 4:00pm (Booking Required) – Click HERE for more information

Tuesday 31st December

Open for court bookings 10:00 – 2:00pm

**New Years Eve 31st December  and New Years Day 1st January 2018 – CLOSED**

Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day photo used with courtesy of www.savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day

 

 

 

 

October Half Term 2019

The October half term is already rapidly approaching. Are you looking for healthy alternative for your children in the school holidays where they will have lots of fun and learn a new sport? Totally Tennis has just the answer, the Tennis and Multi-sport camps are the perfect to keep children active whilst having lots of fun, learn a new sport and making new friends.

Packed with opportunities to play tennis and other sports such as basketball, football, hockey and rounders, the sessions will take place at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke. Camps will running all week from Monday 26th October to Friday 1st November from 9.00am – 4.00pm (full day*) and bookable in various options (morning, afternoon and full-day).

Tennis camps are great fun and include lots of games and mini-competitions for both new and experienced players alike for all children aged four to fifteen years. It’s a safe environment with Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) fully qualified, licensed and experienced coaches and the centre has OFSTED accreditation.

For more information about the school holiday programme held at Totally Tennis please call 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our www.totallytennis.co.uk

*Children must be five years and over to stay all day at Tennis Camps.

LTA Big Tennis Weekends

As part of the successful Totally Tennis schools programme Head Coach James McIntosh visited local schools to deliver tennis assemblies, all the pupils involved were then invited to attend a FREE junior tennis open day.  Part of the LTA Big Tennis Weekends initiative, open days are designed to give children an opportunity to try tennis at a club on real tennis courts with LTA qualified coaches.

9a9c066c-f3c0-4fd6-97c1-e5c80c8031f0.jpegHead coach James McIntosh said, “The event went really well and it was great to give so many children the opportunity to play tennis at the centre and for some it was their first time in picking up a racket.” he added, ” Since the event Totally Tennis has managed to expand its schools programme with the introduction of an after schools club at St Johns which we are looking forward to getting started next week.”

4180ba61-0e4b-42ec-b91a-fd822df176a9.jpgThe Totally Tennis schools programme has not only given children the opportunity to play tennis but also produced countless players and coaches over the years. Some of these players have represented their respective schools and the club in many competitions, even winning National titles. The club also runs curriculum and after school sessions as well as the annual schools tournaments at the indoor centre.

Find out more about the Totally Tennis Schools Programme and Junior Development Squads by telephone 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website here. Read all our latest news on our blog here

 

 

 

 

Big Tennis Weekends Open Day – 28th September 2019

As part of the successful Totally Tennis schools programme the club will be visiting local schools next week to deliver tennis assemblies and invite the pupils to attend a FREE junior tennis open day at the club on Saturday 28th September. The LTA Big Tennis Weekends initiative is designed to give children an opportunity to try tennis at the club on real tennis courts with LTA qualified coaches.

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Tennis Director Nigel Long said “Our coaches have been visiting Basingstoke schools for many years and have, over that time, given thousands of children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to try tennis and realise all the benefits that the sport can bring.”

The Totally Tennis schools programme has not only given children the opportunity to play tennis but also produced countless players and coaches over the years. Some of these players have represented their respective schools and the club in many competitions, even winning National titles. The club also runs curriculum and after school sessions as well as the annual schools tournaments at the indoor centre.

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Next week Head Coach James Mcintosh will visit Sherborne St. John, Kempshott and Winklebury. Like your school to be involved? Telephone 01256 358816 for more information. The Open Day will take place from 1:00pm – 2:30pm on Saturday 28th September at the indoor centre located in the War Memorial Park – it’s FREE to attend and everyone is welcome.

Children who attend the open day will be invited to join our junior development squad programme. For more information about the junior squad programme telephone 01256 358816or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website here and read all our latest news on our blog here

Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekends is a LTA initiative designed to attract new people from the local community to come and try tennis at their neighbourhood venue via fun and welcoming open days. Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekends are taking place across the country on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019. Read more about the Tennis Weekends at www.lta.org.uk/