The Sherfield School Boys team, which consists of four Totally Tennis performance players, completed in the Team Tennis Schools National Championships Finals 2016-2017 (formerly known as the Glanville Cup) at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.
The Boys Team (L to R) Alex Dawson, Liam Hignett, former Sherfield School Head of PE Adam Gibson, Miles Bromilow and Dean Cooper Kirby
The team of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson and Dean Cooper Kirby were playing in a tough field of the top sixteen teams in the country at the weekend long event. Unfortunately the boys were knocked out in the first round of the main draw by Cheam High School 8-4. Bromilow and Cooper Kirby both won their singles matches 4-1, 3-5, 1-0(6) and 4-2, 4-2 respectively but Hignett and Dawson lost, both pairings were beaten in the doubles.
The boys then competed in the consolation draw beating Queen Elizabeth School, Cumbria 10-0 followed by St.Peter’s RC High School 8-4 in the semis but then lost in the final against St Bede’s 8-2 with Bromilow the only player to win a match.
Top seeds Culford School A were the overall winners beating third seeds Reed’s School in the final 8-2. In the Girl’s event (formerly known as the Aberdare Cup) second seeds Talbot Heath School A beat top seeds Queenswood School in the final 8-4.
Reid (right) with winner Ganter
Mini performance player Tillie Reid had an early Christmas gift of another silver medal after she finished in the runner-up spot at the Grade 5 South East Junior Tennis England Esher tournament. Playing in the 10 and under Girls singles event held in Cobham just before Christmas on the 22nd December, Reid was the won Group C beating Isla Holley 4-2 and Elle Wright 4-1. In the semi-final she defeated Alice Capsey 4-1 and then lost in the final to Group A winner Isbella Ganter 4-0.
Totally Tennis Mini Performance player Tillie Reid won the Grade 4 Oxford Sports Half Term 10 and U Girls Singles title on Friday at the tournament held at the Oxford Sports Lawn Tennis Club.
Reid with her latest trophy from the Oxford tournament
Reid, who is also a Sherfield School tennis scholar, won Box A after winning all three of her matches beating Michaela Shakespeare 4-0, Aislin Rees 4-0 and Aoife McGuire 4-1. In the main draw she defeated Briony Kingswood in the semi-finals 4-1 and Ruth Tyson in the final 4-1 to become champion. Congratulations Tillie!
Reid with runner-up Tyson
Tillie’s coach Jamie Jordan who accompanied her to the tournament said, “Tillie has had an awesome two weeks of tennis. She works really hard and deserves all her success, I couldn’t be more proud, keep it up Tilliie!“
Mini Performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Jasmin Bromilow was runner-up in the Girls Singles event at the Oxfordshire 12 and under County Tournament held at the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Oxford yesterday.
In the quarter finals of the Grade 4 tournament Bromilow beat Sofia Wise 5-4(5), 4-0 followed by Natalie Wagner in the semis 5-4(5), 4-2 but lost out in the final to former club mate Hannah Smith 4-1, 4-2.
Performance player and Sherfield tennis scholar Miles Bromilow has been selected as one of the Barclays Ball Kids who will be on duty at this years ATP World Tour Finals to be held at The O2, London in November.
The search began at the start of the year with fourteen regional trials in January and mid March, with 100 children aged between 12-16 years old being chosen from these to attend the final stage of the search. The children were tested on their agility, endurance, co-ordination, ball skills, balance, speed and team work, under the watchful eye of the Barclays Ball Kid Talent ID team, led by Mark Magrath and his team of five experienced and highly qualified tennis coaches. Magrath said on the Barclays Ball Kids website, “We are looking for the 30 kids who are enthusiastic, can work as a team and will ultimately deliver on court at The O2 for the World’s best tennis players“.
Bromilow will now attend a final intensive five day Barclays Ball Kids Base Camp with the rest of the squad during half term (Monday 27th to Friday 31st October) so they can all perfect their skills ahead of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals that will be at The O2 from 9th – 16th November this year.
Head coach James McIntosh said of Bromilow’s achievement, “Miles has done really well to qualify for the Barclays Ball Kids this year after coming so close last year. It will be a fantastic experience for him to be part of the ATP world tour finals which consists of the world’s top eight players. Well done Miles!”
Djokovic is hoping defend his ATP World Tour Finals crown won in both 2012 and 2013 (source:http://www.atpworldtour.com)
The 2014 ATP World Tour Finals will see the world’s top players battle it out for the last major singles and doubles titles of the year and the right to be ATP World Tour Finals Champion. British number one Andy Murray is currently sitting in ninth place, just one place outside the top eight that qualify. Defending champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have already qualified for the elite eight-man field at the forthcoming season finale. Tickets are available online at www.barclaysatpworldtourfinals.com
The Bromilow family are celebrating some recent tournament success with mini performance player Jasmin winning the 10 and under Girls Singles event at the Grade 4 Witney Open Junior Tournament held at the Witney Lawn Tennis Club in Oxford. Bromilow won all four of her matches to collect the winners trophy beating Ellie Harris 5-3, Bethany Hiles 4-0, Holly Craig 4-2 and Alice Hodges in the final 4-0.
Older brother Miles was runner-up in the 14 and under Boys Singles event at the Hale Gardens Open Junior Grade 4 tournament held at the Hale Gardens Lawn Tennis Club in New Milton. After a bye in the first round he beat Thomas Lee in the quarter finals 6-1, 6-0 and Tom Shipton 6-1, 3-6, 10-4 in the semis. He was then defeated in the final by Darius Perkins 6-4, 6-2 to finish in second place.
The following week, Bromilow reached the semi final of the grade 3 Wirral Open Tournament again playing in the 14 and Under Boys Singles event at the Wirral Tennis & Sports Centre in Liverpool. After a bye in the first round he defeated Lewis Hall in the second round 6-1, 6-4 and Harvey Mottram 6-0, 6-1 in the quarter finals. He then lost in the semi-finals to David Quayle 6-1, 6-1 and finished fourth overall after retiring in the third/fourth playoff match against Jason Alexander.
Both Jasmin and Miles have recently been granted tennis scholarships and have started at Sherfield School this term for both their academic studies and to play in the schools tennis programme under the guidance of coach Ben Jubin.
It was all change yesterday for three Totally Tennis performance players as they all started the new school term at Sherfield School after securing tennis scholarships. Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow and younger sister Jasmin joined existing pupils Tillie Reid and Kirsty Da Silva who already attend the school. These players all have full tennis scholarships to the Independent Day and Boarding School and its tennis programme run by Totally Tennis coaches Ben Jubin and Jamie Jordan.
Liam looking smart in his new Sherfield School uniform
Pupils with full tennis scholarships benefit from two individual lessons and two squads each week at the school and those with half scholarships have one lesson and one squad per week and all have reduced academic fees (decided by the school). Forty-five minute Individual lessons can be booked with Jubin who runs the programme on the school courts. Players also have full access to the Totally Tennis membership package which includes free outdoor courts, free same day booking for indoor courts, 6 day advance booking, members rate for group coaching, 10% Pro shop discount, Wimbledon ticket ball and priority on waiting lists for group coaching.
Jubin said “It’s great to get Miles, Liam and Jasmin onto the Sherfield School programme and to raise the profile of the tennis at the school. The programme is slowly building up and we look forward to attracting more players and recording success in external school competitions.”
Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh said “It’s fantastic that Liam has been awarded a scholarship to Sherfield School as it’s a great opportunity for him both academically and for his tennis. The scholarship gives Liam the chance to have two individual lessons a week and to play in two squads a week in addition to his sessions at the club. He added “It’s also great for the school to have Liam as part of their tennis team along with team mate Miles Bromilow as they now have two players in the top 10 of the county representing the school team.”
The Tennis Scholarship Programme at Sherfield School
To qualify for a Tennis Scholarship at the school players must first pass the schools academic entrance test, provide a competition CV, be playing at a certain tennis level and pass the playing assessment test by a Totally Tennis coach. For more information about the scholarship programme which is open to pupils aged 7, 9, 11, 13 and 16 and entry in September 2014 please contact the Programme Manager on 01256 884800