First Orange Matchplay For Dolman

After competing in the 8 & under singles at the Berkshire Junior County Championships 2018 at the end of the summer (where he won two of his four matches), Totally Tennis mini performance player Harry Dolman played in his first orange matchplay at David Lloyd Southampton West End at the beginning of this month. In the group stages he competed in Box C and won all his five matches beating Freddie Bosworth 10-1, Tom Casella 11-9,  George Conway 10-3,  Elliot Latham 10-6 and Scott Yates 10-5.  

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Dolman then competed in the Portsmouth Tennis Club 9 & under Winter Regional Tour and although he lost all his group matches he paid really well against more experienced players. He has also been selected for county training which is great news considering he has only just started competing.

Coach Jordan Frederick said, “Harry played his first grade 3 at Portsmouth Tennis Centre, although he didn’t win a match he came very close to winning most of them and was competing with some of the best orange ball players in the southwest.” he added, “I have been working with Harry for the last year now, his improvement rate has been incredible and always has a great attitude while training and competing.”

Dolman will next compete in the East Winter County Tour – David Lloyd Royal Berkshire 9 & under Boys singles event (20th October) followed by the David Lloyd Southampton October Half Term Tournament 2018 (from 21st October).

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TENNIS FOUNDATION PRIMARY SCHOOLS ROADSHOW 2018

The Tennis Foundation, in conjunction with Totally Tennis, visited ten local schools in Basingstoke last week to give over 1000 key stage 1 children an introduction to tennis in fun short mini tennis sessions. The week long roadshow culminated in two Tennis Open Days at the Indoor Centre over the weekend where the children got to practice their new skills on real tennis courts with all the coaching staff.

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The tennis roadshow is an amazing opportunity for local schools to give their pupils a chance to try tennis during the school day on specially set up mini tennis courts using smaller rackets and lower bouncing balls. All the children involved were then invited to visit the club’s free Open Weekend to practice what they have learnt in three fun sessions.

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Totally Tennis has a very successful mini tennis programme for junior players from the age of four and all the children at the roadshow have been offered follow-on opportunities to play regularly at the club in the Pirates, Indians, Dodgers and Giants squads that make up the Junior Development programme. Mini tennis is not only fun but also helps young players to develop agility, balance and coordination skills and learn a sport that can be continued throughout their live.

Head coach James McIntosh said’ “Over the two days 200 children from all different schools around Basingstoke came down to the indoor centre for the open weekend.” He added, ” It was a great weekend with fun activities and it was good to see so many children trying tennis for the first time.”

The schools involved were Castle Hill (Rooksdown), Rucstall Primary, Castle Hill (Winlebury), Cliddesden Primary School, Great Binfields Primary, Sherborne St John, Winklebury, Manorfield Primary School, St Bedes and North Waltham Primary.

The Tennis Foundation is Britain’s leading tennis charity that strives to make sport inclusive and accessible to everyone. The aim is to provide opportunities to encourage people to maximise their potential through tennis by working closely with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and a wide range of partners from across all sectors to deliver their vision and aim. For more information visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk

For more information about the junior squad programme telephone 01256 358816 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website here and read all our latest news on our blog here

Thanks to coach Jamie for all the great photos (follow Jamie www.instagram.com/jamiejordantennis/)

Totally Tennis 10 & Under Team Top The Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018 League

The Totally Tennis 10 and under team are sitting at the top of Division 1 of the Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018 league after winning both their first two home fixtures 12 – 0 against David Lloyd Southampton A and Kingsley.

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In the first fixture the team of Hayden Cummings, Dylan Cooper Kirby and twin brothers Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar won all their singles matches; Cummings beat Karol Rzegocki 4-2, 4-0, Cooper Kirby beat Noah Flynn 4-2, 4-1 and Gevin and Guhan both won their matches 4-0, 4-0 against Alexander Roots and Evie Jaynes respectively. In the doubles Cummings/Cooper Kirby beat Rzegocki/Flynn 4-1, 4-2 and the twins didn’t lose a single game defeating Roots/Jaynes 4-0, 4-0.

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In the Kingsley fixture, Cummings, Cooper Kirby and Guhan all won their singles matches with 4-0, 4-0 shorelines against Toby Rowe, Edward Goddard and Matthew Craig respectively. Gevin won his match against Jamie Craig 4-0, 4-1 to give the team a 4-0 lead going into the doubles. Cummings/Cooper Kirby then beat Rowe/Goddard 4-1, 4-0 and the Chendhilkumar brother beat the Craigs 4-0, 4-1 to give the team another fallout victory and retain there place at the top of the league.

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The team have now played both their home fixtures and face two tough away matches against Portsmouth Tennis Academy (Sunday 20th May) and Winchester Racquets and Fitness (Sunday 17th June) to complete the series.

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Congratulations boys and good luck in your next matches 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totally Tennis Welcomes A New Group Of Tennis Leaders

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.

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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.

 

 

 

Catlin Attends Tennis For Kids Course in Oxford

Totally Tennis coach Steph Catlin attended the Lawn Tennis Associations (LTA) Tennis for Kids training course at the White Horse Tennis Centre in Oxford on Thursday. Along with the specific training Catlin got to meet World Number One wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett, who is also the current French Open singles champion and Wimbledon doubles champion.  She also met Miles Maclagan, former professional player and coach of British Number One Andy Murray and Laura Robson.

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If you are looking for a fun and fitness activity for your children look no further than Tennis for Kids that returns on 5th April 2018. The grassroots initiative gives children, aged between four and eleven, the opportunity to fall in love with tennis by taking part in a six-week introductory course delivered by specially trained and enthusiastic LTA accredited coaches such as Catlin. Each player that signs up for the course will also receive a special Tennis for Kids Babolat racket and ball set as well as a personalised T-shirt delivered right to your door for just £25 (works out to just a little over £4 per week for the six week course).

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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!

* Information used with courtesy of clubspark.lta.org.uk/TennisForKids

 

February Half Term Tennis Camps

Looking for healthy alternative for your children in the upcoming February Half Term break? Want your children to have fun, burn off some energy and learn a new sport in the school holidays? Totally Tennis has just the answer – Tennis and Multi Sport Camps.

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Running at the Indoor Centre in War Memorial Park from 12th – 16th February sessions can be booked as morning, afternoon or full day options (discounted two-day packages are also available). Tennis camps give children plenty of opportunity to keep active and the camps are not only tennis orientated, although that is the main focus, but combine a variety of sports so there really is something for everyone (morning sessions tennis only, afternoon sessions tennis & multi-sport).

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Tennis camps are great fun and include lots of games and mini-competitions for both new and experienced players for children aged 4 – 16 years in a safe environment with fully qualified, licensed and experienced Lawn Tennis Association coaches.

Session Timings

Morning ~ 9am – 12 noon (Tennis)

Afternoon ~ 1pm – 4pm (Tennis & multi Sports)

Full Day ~ 9am – 4pm (children must be 5 years and over to stay all day)

Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities and the weather (layers if chilly, sunscreen if hot), bring plenty of drinks and a packed lunch if staying all day. 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.

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

Varying Success for Totally Tennis Girls in Christmas Tournaments

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid were 16 & under Girls Doubles runners up at the Grade 3 Eastleigh Open held between Christmas and New Year. The pair beat Sienna May and Grace Williams 4-1, 4-0 but lost against Diana Mascenikova and Leontina Slovak 5-3, 4-1 to finish in second place overall.

Hignett also competed in the 16 & under Girls singles where she defeated Liliana Fleming in the first round round 6-1, 7-6(0) before losing in the quarters against Mascenikova 7-5, 6-4. In the 14 & under Girls singles event Hignett was knocked out in the semis by Williams 6-1, 3-6, [1-0](9) and Reid won the consolation event beating Lucy Peer 4-1, 4-0 in the final.

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Before Christmas fellow performance player Jasmin Bromilow and her partner Graziella Barrett were runners-up in 18 & under Girls Doubles at the White Horse Indoor Junior Winter Tennis Tournament in Oxford. Bromilow/Barrett beat Jasmine Conway and Daniela Kotara in the quarters 5-4(4), 4-5(2), [1-0](8), Leontina Slovak/Rachel Barnett 5-3, 4-2 in the semis before losing in the final against Jessica Matthews and Imogen Haddad 3-5, 4-1, [1-0](5). Bromilow also competed in the 18 & under Girls singles but was knocked out into semi finals but her doubles partner and eventual runner-up Graziella  4-0, 4-0.

Hignett and Reid also competed in this Grade 4 event finishing as 18 & under Girls consolation runners up. They lost to Matthews/Haddad in the quarters of the main draw 5-4(4), 4-5(2), [1-0](8) and then beat Izabella Harte and Lara Frank 4-2, 4-0 in the consolation semi-final before losing in the final against Conway/Kotara 4-0, 4-0.

Great job girls 😉

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