Basingstoke Sports Awards Night

Head coach James McIntosh and performance player Liam Hignett both attended last week’s Basingstoke Sports Council annual awards, hosted by Kevin Laing, at the Apollo Hotel.

Even though neither the Club (Club of the Year went to Wessex Wyvern Modern Pentathlon Club) or Hignett picked up awards on the night they both received certificates. Hignett also one of the nineteen sport scholarships announced on the evening by Basingstoke Sports Centre (Sports Trust).

McIntosh said “It was great to be amongst so many talented Basingstoke sportsmen and women at the sports awards .”  he added, “It’s a good achievement for both the club and Liam to be finalists in their respective categories again this year.”

Basingstoke Sports Awards Club of the Year Finalists

It’s a great start to the year for the team at Totally Tennis as the club have been selected as one of the nine ‘Club of the Year’ finalists for the achievements in 2017 at this years Basingstoke & Deane Annual Sports Awards. In other fantastic news performance players Liam Hignett has been named as a finalist in the Senior Sportsman category while younger sister Isla and Tillie Reid have both been nominated in the Junior Sportswomen category.

The annual award, which the club have been finalists for fifteen consecutive years and last won in 2004, will be part one of the many awards that will be presented by Basingstoke Sports Council chairman Kevin Laing at the Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke on Friday 23rd February. 

Alongside the host of awards that celebrate local sportsmen, women and clubs there will be the presentation of grant aid cheques and sports scholarships via the Sports Grant Aid scheme, which is funded by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. The funds can be used to help with everything from travelling and coaching expenses to competition entry fees, equipment and clothing requirements. In addition some of the Basingstoke finalists will go forward to the county awards.

A panel of six independent judges reviewed and ranked all applications for the 2017 Sports Awards and decisions have now been made it to the final stages, a tough process with such high standard and commitment from many local nominees. Laing said by e-mail of the club’s nomination, “May I take this opportunity to personally congratulate you on your effort and achievements within the local sporting community.” he added “Best wishes for a very successful 2018 and I look forward to seeing you next month at our prestigious local Sports awards.

Totally Tennis will be competing for the prestigious accolade against eight other local clubs;  Basingstoke and Mid Hants Athletics Club, Basingstoke Gymnastic Club, Basingstoke Ice Hockey Development Club, Basingstoke Kickboxing Organisaton, Basingstoke School of Martial Arts, Bluewave (Taekwondo), Rising Phoenix Cheer and Wessex Wyvern Modern Pentathlon Club.

Other awards include Coach of the Year (won by Tennis Director Nigel Long in 2010), Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, Junior Sportsman and Sportswomen of the Year, Voluntary Sports Coach of the Year, Senior and Junior Team, Service to Sport, Sports Official, Senior and Junior Volunteer, Disabled Sportsperson, Primary and Secondary School of the Year and Veteran Sportsman and Woman of the Year.
The annual Basingstoke and Deane Sports Awards event is a highlight of the local sporting calendar organised and hosted by Laing. The awards, which have been going for nearly thirty years celebrate the success of clubs, teams, coaches, officials, volunteers and individuals involved in sport in the Basingstoke and Deane area.

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March in Pictures


Mini performance player Isla Hignett attended the Mayor’s reception at the Civic Offices on 3rd March where she received a cheque for grant aid towards her tennis training.unnamed

Isla won the 12 & U Girls Singles title at Weybridge Tennis Academy


The latest TT Tour event in March was the Brazil OpenIMG_3423 Tennis

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) Boys B team had a tough opener in the National ChampionshipsIMG_0494

Former Davis Cup players Jamie Baker and Danny Sapsford held coaching sessions at the Indoor CentreIMG_0132 IMG_0137 IMG_0142

The professionals then teamed up with the two of the TT coaches for an Exhibition MatchIMG_0498

Mini Performance players Kirsty Da Silva and Tillie Reid played points with Baker and Sapsford


Representing the adults was Tim Rice and Rex Groves who played a tie-break with the professionals


Rounding off another successful tennis month, Isla was runner-up in the singles and winner in the doubles (with partner Jessica Matthews pictured below)  at the Milton Keynes Junior Easter Open