Totally Tennis Maintain Unbeaten Record in Euskirchen

The annual Festival of Sport took place in Basingstoke’s Twin Town Euskirchen last week and a team of Totally Tennis junior players travelled to Germany to defend the club’s unbeaten record in the competition.

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The team, who were representing both the club and Basingstoke in the annual sporting competition organised by the Basingstoke Sports Council, were just some of the nearly two hundred representatives that made the trip over to the twin town this year to compete in a variety of sports.

The tennis team of Harry Fest, Ollie Brown, Josh Furneaux, Dylan Hall-Jones, Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow, Tillie Reid, Kirsty Da Silva, Amberly Chapman and Tinuke Adelakun  travelled with head coach James Macintosh to compete in the event which was celebrating its 26th year of competition . The group arrived on Thursday morning and had a day out at the theme park Phantasialand before meeting their host families who they stayed with for the weekend.

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On Friday morning the players had a training session on the clay courts at Rotweiss Tennis followed by an afternoon of social events and a BBQ. The tennis competition was held on Saturday with Totally Tennis maintaining their unbeaten record in the competition winning a convincing 14 – 0 overall. In the singles, Ollie won 6 – 4, Josh 6-3 and 6 – 1, Dylan 6 – 4, Tinuke 6 – 1, Harry 6 – 3, Kirsty  6 – 1, James 6 – 0 and 6 – 1 and Isla 6 – 0. In the doubles Amberly/Kirsty won 6 – 0 and 6 – 2, Tillie/Tinuke 6 – 0 and Dylan/Amberly 6 – 2.

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The four-day annual event, organised by Kevin Laing from the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council, included training and competition in a variety of sports culminating in the final presentation on Saturday evening. Basingstoke claimed overall victory beating Eurskichen 26 – 8 to be declared the 2018 Festival of Sport winners.

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Each year sports teams from Basingstoke and Euskirchen meet for the sporting event on an annual reciprocal hosting basis and each sport competes against each other with the overall scores deciding which town wins the overall trophy. The other teams competing were Basingstoke Academy of Dance, Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics Club, Summit and AWE Judo Clubs, the Vyne Secondary School, Sherborne St John Boys U12 and U14 Football Club, Bishop Challoner Secondary School, St Mary’s Junior School and Basingstoke Volleyball Club.

Isla and Tillie Attend Mayors Reception

Totally Tennis performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid attended the second part of the annual Basingstoke Sports Awards this week, the Mayors reception at the Civic Offices. Both girls received cheques for grant aid donation and certificates presented by Mayor Paul Frankum. They then joined fellow local sportsmen and women to celebrate their sporting achievements and enjoyed a buffet.

D5671C57-B3FD-4CD1-A193-ECBA7F4D5BF865F9AAB3-1F0D-47DE-9E76-DD5DEC67A7D5The annual Basingstoke and Deane Sports Awards event is a highlight of the local sporting calendar organised and hosted by sports council chairman Kevin Laing. The awards, which have been going for over twenty-five years celebrate the success of clubs, teams, coaches, officials, volunteers and individuals involved in sport in the Basingstoke and Deane area. Alongside the awards and scholarships, sportsmen and women can receive funding, like the girls, 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.

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).

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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.”

January in Pictures

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Performance player Dean Cooper Kirby competed in his second European Tournament in Bergen, Norway

It was announced by Basingstoke Sports Council that Totally Tennis and performances players Liam, Isla and Tillie are all finalists in their respective categories at Annual Sports Awards to be presented in February

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All set up for the new squad term that started this month

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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.
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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.

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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.

Visit www.basingstokelsc.org.uk and Facebook for more information.

Third place for Hignett at Annual Basingstoke Sports Awards

Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School tennis scholar Liam Hignett was third in the Junior Sportsman category at last weekend’s annual Basingstoke Sports Awards.

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After another successful year in 2016 Hignett was recognised along with other young sportsmen for his successes and contribution to sport in the area. He is the 16U Nike Junior National Doubles Champion and was a singles quarter-finalist in the Bournemouth British Tour. He represented Hampshire and IOW playing for U18 and the men’s teams and the County Cup. He won the Hampshire Championships singles cup and is ranked No. 1 in Hampshire for 16U and 18U. Hignett trains at Totally Tennis and also plays for Overton Tennis Club, winning every singles match in the regional tennis league.

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Totally Tennis was also up for Club of the Year award which was won by Chineham Park Running Club and Head Coach James McIntosh was nominated in the professional Coach of the Year category.

The annual Basingstoke and Deane Sports Awards event is a highlight of the local sporting calendar organised and hosted by sports council chairman Kevin Laing. The awards, which have been going for over twenty-five years celebrate the achievements of clubs, teams, coaches, officials, volunteers and individuals involved in sport in the Basingstoke and Deane area. Alongside the awards and scholarships, sportsmen and women can receive funding 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.

Basingstoke Sports Awards 2016

Happy New Year from Totally Tennis!

Everyone at the club is not only celebrating the start of 2017 but also the announcement that Totally Tennis are one of sixteen nominees in the prestigious ‘Club of the Year’ category at the annual Basingstoke Sports Council awards. The award, which the club 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 in early March.

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It’s a double whammy as well as the ‘Club of The Year’ nomination Head Coach James Macintosh has been selected as a nominee in the professional ‘Coach of the Year‘ category too. Other awards include the 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, Junior and Senior Sportsman or Woman 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 over twenty-five years celebrate the success of clubs, teams, coaches, officials, volunteers and individuals involved in sport in the Basingstoke and Deane area. Alongside the awards and scholarships, sportsmen and women can receive funding like the Hignetts, 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.

Visit www.basingstokelsc.org.uk and Facebook for more information.

Euskirchen Festival of Sport 2016

This year’s Festival of Sport took place in Basingstoke’s Twin Town Euskirchen last week and some of the Totally Tennis junior players were part of the team that represented the town in the annual sporting competition.

Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson, Andrew Dingwall, Harry Fest, Ollie Brown, Isla Hignett, Jasmin Bromilow and Tillie Reid travelled to Germany with head coach James Macintosh to compete in the event which was celebrating its 24th year of competition . The group arrived onThursday morning and had a day out at the theme park Phantasialand before meeting their weekend host families.

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On Friday morning the players had a training session at Rotweiss Tennis Club where they played on the clay courts, a new experience for some of the players. Friday afternoon was a social event at a natural outdoor lake where the players enjoyed swimming, diving boards, a trampoline in the lake and beach volleyball followed by a BBQ at the organisers house in the evening.
The tennis competition was held on Saturday with Totally Tennis maintaining their unbeaten record in the competition winning 13 – 6 overall. In the singles Ollie beat Moritz 6-0, Liam beat Max 6-0, Miles beat Hendrik 6-0, Harry beat Moritz 6-0, James beat Paul 6-0, Tillie beat Eva 6-0, Alex beat Johannes 6-0, Ollie beat Eric 6-2 and Harry beat Eric 6-0 but Isla lost to Miriam 2-6, Tillie lost to Hannah 1-6 and Andrew lost to Hendrik 1-6.
In the Doubles Alex & Andrew beat Johannes & Alex 6-3, brother and sister Liam & Isla beat Hendrik & Miriam 6-3, Isla & Tillie lost to Max & Hendrik 2-6, Isla & Jas lost to Johannes & Hendrik 2-6 and a second brother and sister combo Miles & Jas lost to Johannes & Hannah 1-6 which gave the Basingstoke team the outright win.
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The four-day annual event, organised by Kevin Laing from the Basingstoke Sports Council, included training and competition in a variety of sports culminating in the final presentation on Saturday evening and despite the winning tennis team result Euskirchen beat Basingstoke 21 – 15 to be declared this years Festival of Sport overall winners.
The other clubs involved in the festival were Basingstoke Dance Academy, Basingstoke Athletics Club, St Marys Junior School, Bishop Challoner School, Cube School of Judo, Sherborne St John Football Club and Calleva Boys Football Club.
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Macintosh said, “Overall the weekend was a great success, all of the players enjoyed their trip, not only experiencing playing on the German clay courts but also enjoying all the social events and making new friends.” he added “For Harry, Ollie, Isla, Jas and Tillie it was their first trip to Germany and they would love to do it again in two years time.”

Festival of Sport 2015

The annual Festival of Sport, organised by Basingstoke Sports Council, between Basingstoke and Euskirchen took place from 12th – 14th June. Totally Tennis were representing the town again this year in the tennis competition and maintained their unbeaten record winning 7-3 overall and are still the only unbeaten team in the history of the twin-town competition. The final presentation and disco took place at Queen Mary’s College and the Basingstoke team were declared the winners by 19 – 13.

Unfortunately this year the Euskirchen Tennis Club  only brought  four tennis players will them, a considerably lower amount than in previous years. The German players arrived at the Leisure Park on Thursday night and stayed with their host families. On Friday morning Head Coach James McIntosh ran a training session with all the Totally Tennis players involved and their guests and in the afternoon they enjoyed a round of Pitch and Putt. The German players then had the opportunity to join in with the yellow squad session followed by  pizza and a FIFA tournament in the club house after tennis.

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(From L to R) Max Loick, Alex Dawson, Miles Bromilow, Andrew Dingwall, Johannes Bachem, Alex Ackerman, Hendrik Becker, Liam Hignett

The matches were contested on Saturday and Totally Tennis was represented by Alex Dawson, Miles Bromilow, Andrew Dingwall and Liam Hignett. The Euskirchen team was made up of Max Loick, Johannes Bachem, Alex Ackerman and Hendrik Becker. In the doubles Hignett/Dawson beat Loick/Ackerman 6-4, Bromilow/Dingwall lost 7-5 against Sachem/Becker, Dawson/McIntosh beat Loick/Becker 6-0, Hignett/Dingwall defeated Sachem/Ackerman 6-2 giving the home team a 3-1 lead. In the singles Dawson beat Ackerman 6-0, Hignett won against Bachem 6-0 and Loick 6-1, Bromilow beat Sachem 6-2 and Dingwall lost to Becker 6-4. The german players then won the FIFA tournament 1-0.

McIntosh said “All of the players had a great time competing and socialising over the weekend and they are looking forward to the trip next year back to Euskirchen which will be the 30th Anniversary of the Festival of Sport.”

The four-day event, organised by Kevin Laing from the Basingstoke Sports Council, included training and competition in athletics, judo, football, taekwondo, volleyball, dance, martial arts, table tennis and tennis as well as participation from local school.

March in Pictures

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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

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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

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

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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

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