The annual North Waltham Primary Schools Wimbledon event was held this year at Totally Tennis’ centre in the War Memorial Park. There were two competitions, one for the younger year 3 and 4 pupils and a separate event for the older children in year 5 and 6.
Forty-five players entered the year 3 and 4 event with the players split into nine boxes of five players. It was a round robin format where players would play a match tie break to 10 points with the top sixteen players from the boxes progressing through into the knockout stages.
The final four contested the semi-final matches; Stanley versus Ben and Kirsten against Hector, Stanley and Kirsten progressing to the final which Stanley then won 10-6 to be crowned the champion.
In the year 5&6 competition there were few players with only thirty-five entires with the players split into six boxes of five competitors. The top eight players then progressed through to the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals Faith beat Finn 10-6 and Soloman beat Harry 10-7. The final was a close affair with Faith just edging the win over Harry 11-9 to become the upper school winner.
Head coach James McIntosh said, “It was great to host the North Waltham Wimbledon event at Totally Tennis.” he added, “There were so many players involved in the event and some great matches played across the day, everyone really enjoyed the event. “
Phoebe a teacher from North Waltham said “My colleagues and I were really impressed by the standard of tennis, especially in the last sixteen of the 3 & 4 competition.” she added, “The children really enjoyed it and the weather was on our side!“
A large team of squad players gave up their time to be involved in the event encouraging younger children to enjoy playing tennis. A big thanks to Daniel Prickett, Aaron Dawson, Oliver Alemeny, Eddie Lakatos, Dylan Hall-Jones, Isla Hignett, Jas Bromilow, Dessi Bratinova, Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Harry Feast, Louise Mallozi, Lucy Groves, Elinor Banks and Danielle Beckett.
Steph Catlin (pictured above coaching) added “The roadshow this weekend was a huge success. Speaking on behalf of all the coaches, we had a lot of fun exposing the best sport in the world to hundreds of little ones this weekend.
“We can’t promise that the weather will be as beautiful, but we hope to see them all in our squads to continue the learning and fun! A big shout out to all the current TT players who helped out, they played a huge part in the running and success of the weekend!”
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
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.
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. “
Satellite 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”
Information sourced about Maria Miller MP from maria4basingstoke.co.uk
This year’s annual Secondary schools tournament took place at the beginning of this month at the indoor centre with three schools Brighton Hill Community College, Costello Technology College and The Hurst entering teams in the Year 7 and 8 singles and doubles and the same two events for Year 9 and10 players, all run by coach Simon James.
The Year 7 and 8 singles winner was Totally Tennis’ own performance player Harry Feast from Costello who beat Owen Robinson in the all Costello final. The boys then teamed up to give Costello their second trophy of the day in the doubles defeating the a mixed team of Elodie Dougal (Costello, also the only girl who attended) and Costas Bowgen (Hurst).
Head Coach James McIntosh said, “These two were not playing doubles but they both had no partner they teamed up despite being from different schools.”
In the Year 9 and 10 singles event another Totally Tennis’ Travis Clayton who was representing Brighton Hill won the event beating Costello’s Alex Gray in the final. Clayton also won the doubles title with partner Sam Hayes after defeating Josh Goldring and Deema Bowgen from The Hurst in the final, who are also both Totally Tennis squad players.
McIntosh added, “Another great event with some excellent competitive play. It’s always good to see our squad players using their skills to represent their respective schools. I hope that next year more schools take up the opportunity to enter.”
The annual Primary Schools Tournament took place at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre last month and lots of local school children participated in the event held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre in the War Memorial Park, representing their respective schools.
Six teams competed in each of the three boxes in the tournament run by Head Coach James McIntosh. In Box 1 the winners were St Marys who had 289 points overall after beating Tadley 1 59 – 18, Rucstall 1 61- 19, Marnel 1 71- 16, Castle Hill 1 41-34 and Great Binfields 1 57- 25. Great Binfields were runners-up with 253 points. St Marys 2 won Box 2 also with 289 points beating Ructall 51 -29, Marnel 2 51 – 29, Castle Hill 42 – 37, Great Binfields 50 – 26 and Tadley 2 76 – 25. Runners Up were Castle Hill with 285 points. In the third box Sherborne St John were the winners with 260 points defeating St Marys 3 59 – 30, Rucstall 84 – 19, Marnel 67 – 14, Great Binfields 82 – 11 and Tadley 67 – 14. St Marys 3 finished as runners-up with 260 points.
The winners of each box went through to the semi final stage along with the best overall runner-up. Sherborne St John beat Castle Hill 64 – 17 and St Marys 1 defeated St Marys 2 48 – 35. In final the team from Sherborne St John beat St Marys 1 55 – 35 to win the event and be declared overall champions! Congratulations!
McIntosh said, “It was great to see so many teams compete in this years schools competition and congratulations to Sherbourne St John for winning the event with just one team entered into the tournament.”