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)

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/

Isla and Atinkue Win Hampshire Schools Doubles Title

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Atinuke Adelakun from Robert Mays School won the Hampshire Schools U16’s Doubles Event beating club mates with Tillie Reid and Jasmin Bromilow (Sherfield School) in the final.

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The girls won their first match against the Hampshire Collegiate pair, then beat a pair from St Swithen’s and won the semi-final against Toynbee. They won 10-8 against Tillie and Jasmin in the final.  Aaron Dawson and Daniel Prickett (Sherfield School) were winners of the boys event beating the pair from Wilderness School in the final. There were fourteen girls and sixteen boys pairs competing and overall a great day for Totally Tennis as six of the eight finalists were from the club.

It was the first time ever that a Robert Mays girls pairing have won the competition, Tillie and Jasmin had won the event in the previous two years.

Tennis Open Day

Head Coach James McIntosh and the Totally Tennis coaching team were out and about last week visiting local schools in the Basingstoke area giving pupils an exciting opportunity to try tennis. The mini tennis taster sessions were delivered in nine schools and over the five days the coaches saw 1,135 children in total at Great Binfields Primary, Manor Field, Kempshott Juniors, Sherborne St John, St. Mary’s Juniors, Winklebury Infants and Juniors, Fairfields and North Waltham.

Every child seen at the schools was presented with a certificate of participation and an invitation to attend a free Open Day that took place at the indoor centre on Saturday. Lots of children attended the fun two-hour open day session and got to put into practice what they have learnt at school on real tennis courts.

Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “Thanks to the whole TT team for all their hard work in making the Schools Roadshow and the open day such a success.” he added, “We are thrilled to have seen over a thousand children throughout the week and at the open day, I hope the events have encouraged them to take up our fabulous sport!!

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Totally Tennis Schools Roadshow 2019

This week the coaches are out and about visiting local schools as part of this year’s Totally Tennis Schools Roadshow. Coaches will deliver fun and engaging thirty-minute tennis taster sessions to give as many pupils as possible an introduction to mini tennis. Each child who attends a session will receive an certificate of participation and an invitation to attend a FREE fun open day at the club on Saturday 15th June from 1:00pm – 3:00pm where they can practice their new skills on real tennis courts.

The schools involved this year are Great Binfields Primary, Manorfield, Kempshott Juniors, Sherborne St John, Winklebury Infants, Winklebury Juniors, Fairfields
and North Waltham.

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.

IMG_8129Children who attend the fun open day will be invited to join our junior 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

Totally Tennis Players Scoop ISA Titles

Totally Tennis performance players and Sherfield School tennis scholars collected a prize haul in the annual Independent Schools Association (ISA) tournament. Tillie Reid won the U15 Girls singles title at the annual National Tennis Event last week, Daniel Prickett won the U15 Boys Singles title and Prickett and Aaron Dawson won the U15 Doubles event.

Th event, held at Queenswood School in Hatfield, saw many of the club’s players representing Sherfield School. In the early stage of the competition, Reid won Group E winning both her matches 4-0. Fellow Totally Tennis clubmate Jasmin Bromilow won Group A and Kirsty Da Silva won two matches and drew her third in Group D. In the semi finals Reid beat Bromilow 3-1 and won the final 5-3 against Helsby from Tower College. 

After winning Group C in the U15 Girls Doubles Reid and Da Silva lost to Tower College pairing Helsby/Yared in the semis 10-7.

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Dawson and Prickett won Group C in the U15 Boys Doubles and then beat Schaetlin Coffey/Torres from ISA School in the semis 7-4. In the final they beat Em Tan and Er Tan fromNorth Bridge House School 10-9 to win the event.

In the Boys U15 singles event Dawson won Group E, Prickett won Group B and Oliver Almany won Group D in the Boys U13 event. In the U15 semis Dawson beat Martei from The Gregg School 3-1 and Prickett defeated Shahar from Tettenhall College 3-0. In the all Sherfield final Prickett emerged the victor beating Dawson 5-4. Almany lost in the U13 semis against Mcmillan from Wetherby Senior School.

Congratulations to all our Sherfield tennis scholars 😉 

 

Primary Schools Tournament 2019

The annual Primary Schools Tournament took place at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre last week. This year saw the highest number of entires for the event with a total of nine schools involved and some of them bringing three teams.

b537c9fb-b305-416f-832c-f9661c11f811The tournament was split into four boxes of group matches where teams play each other and the top two teams from each box qualified for the quarter finals. Each team had four players and they all played a singles match with timed tie breaks.

The eight teams who made it through the quarter final stage were all three teams from Sherborne St John, St Johns 1 and 3, St Mary’s Primary 1 and 2 and Winklebury 2. The St Johns 1 team beat Sherborne 2, St Mary’s 1 beat Winklebury 2, Sherborne 1 defeated St Johns 3 and St Mary’s 2 beat Sherborne 3.

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e0ad67d0-f6bb-45e3-bf70-2baf62a3c047.jpgIn the semis St Marys 1 defeated St Johns 3-1  and Sherborne 1 beat St Marys 2 4-0 and Sherborne were declared tournament winners after beating the St Mary’s 1 team 4-0.

Head coach James McIntosh said, “The final was a repeat from last year but This time it was the Sherborne team that came out top with each player winning their matches.” he added, “All of the players enjoyed competing for their respective school. The standard of the competition was good and there were some very close matches played throughout the day. Congratulations to the Sherborne team!

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Good luck to Sherborne team who will now go on to compete in the Hampshire Games taking place in June.

 

Totally Tennis Girls are Hampshire Schools Champions

Totally Tennis performance players Tillie Reid and Jasmin Bromilow represented Sherfield School and were declared the 16 and under Girls champions at the annual Hampshire Schools Doubles Competition held at Winchester Racquets & Fitness.

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In the group stages, the girls who are both Sherfield School tennis scholars and were the top seeds in the event, won all of their three matches in Group A beating Emma Clews/Amira Dart 4-0, Daisy Hollingshead/Hollie Sertin 4-0 and Daisy Milward/Lucy Wilkinson 4-1. In the quarter finals, they beat Maya Gandee Morgan and Pippa Reid 4 – 0 and then faced club mates and third seeds Isla Hignett and Atinuke Adelakun (Robert May’s School) in the semi finals and defeated them 4-1. In the final, they beat Zoe Upcraft and Alice Calder (pictured in blue below) from St. Swithen’s 4 – 3 after a nail-biting tie break.

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The boys event was won by Ryan Golesworthy and Daniel Nightingale who were representing Robert Mays School (pictured wearing black) and the runners-up were Jean Mauratille and Finbar Tellwright (also at the back of the photo).

Congratulations Tillie and Jasmin 😉

 

 

St Mary’s Junior School Win the Annual Primary Schools Tennis Tournament

Totally Tennis hosted the annual Primary Schools Tennis Tournament at the indoor centre this week with a total of fifteen teams competing from five local schools; St Mary’s Junior School, St John’s C of E Primary School, Sherborne St John Primary School, Castle Hill Primary School and Winklebury Junior School.
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The teams played in three boxes of five teams with the top two teams and two of the best third placed teams progressing through to the quarter final stages. There were four players in each team and each player played one singles match with the format of tie breaks to 10 points.
In the first semi-finals, it was a very close match with the St Mary’s A team drawing against the St Johns A team 2 – 2 but St Mary’s just edged the victory with one extra point overall to win 32 – 31. In the second semi-final match Sherborne A beat St. Mary’s B 3 – 1. In the final St Mary’s A beat Sherborne 4 – 0 to be crowned the champions and St John’s won the third/fourth place play off beating St Mary’s B 3 – 1.
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Both the winners and runners-up teams, St Mary’s A and Sherborne, will now go on to represent Basingstoke in the Hampshire Games which takes place at Aldershot in June.

North Waltham Primary Schools Wimbledon Event

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.

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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. “

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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!