Totally Tennis Retain Their Unbeaten Record in the Festival of Sport 2019

This year’s annual Festival of Sport, organised by the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council,  against twin town Euskirchen took place over weekend in Basingstoke in the sun. Totally Tennis were defending their unbeaten record in the festival and they were successful again this year winning 13 – 1.

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Jasmin Bromilow, Tillie Reid, Josh Furneaux, Charlie Mackenzie, Tinuke, Dylan Hall Jones, Ollie Brown, Nathan Dolman and brother Harry and Alex Feast represented the club on home soil at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park. Euskirchen Tennis Club was represented by eleven players Lupo Alexis, Schatz Bastian, Hanna Friese, Alex Heyne, David Caspers, Henri Feuser, Johannes Püllen, Marie Schneider
Eva Heyne and siblings Justus and Amrei Lingscheidt travelled over from Germany with the rest of the competitors for the weekend event.

Head Coach James McIntosh said, “Another successful year for Totally Tennis in the Festival of Sport as we retained our unbeaten run. All of the kids that have previously been involved with the festival had a great time and got to meet up with their German friends.”

There were also a few players that took part in the festival for the first time who enjoyed themselves and are already looking forward to next year’s trip to Euskirchen. Thanks to all the parents that hosted and to the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council that organise the annual event.”

Results were a draw for Basingstoke Academy of Dance and along with Totally Tennis’ victory in the tennis competition there were wins for Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics, St Mary’s School Rounders team, Challoner School Tennis, Sherborne St John U11 & U14 Football and Summit & AWE Judo. Euskirchen beat Vyne School at Rounders whilst the Euskirchen Civic Party won their event event against the Basingstoke Mayor’s team.

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Basingstoke won 22-7 overall and retained the trophy which they will defend in Germany next June.
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Summer Tennis Camps 2019

With the long school summer holidays fast approaching it’s time to think about how to entertain your children in a fun yet active way. Totally Tennis has the perfect solution for parents looking to keep their children fit and healthy and burn off some of their energy.

The club will be running its popular Tennis and Multi-sport Camps at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park. The camps are a great way for juniors to improve their sports skills, fitness and make new friends. With indoor and outdoor courts available the fun continues whatever the British ‘summer’ weather has in store.

*Sessions booked by 10th July will avail of 10% discount with the early booking offer*

img_8394.jpgPacked with opportunities to learn and play tennis, weekly afternoon activities also include basketball, football, rounders, hockey combined with lots of fun and games. The scheme has received OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by DBS checked and experienced LTA qualified and fully licensed coaches. Sessions will be available from Wednesday 24th July – Friday 30th August.

0.jpegSessions can be booked for the Morning (9.00am – 12 noon), Afternoon (1.00pm –4.00pm) or Full Day* (9.00am – 4.00pm) and children can be dropped off from 8:30am. Please see booking conditions and sessions prices below including details of the special two and full week package offers.

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Children need to bring packed lunches and drinks and be dressed appropriately for the weather (suncream if sunny, warm clothing if it’s cold) as they may be playing inside and outside.

*Children must be aged 5 years or over to stay for the whole day. Please note refunds will only be given with 72 hours notice. Those coming for a full day will be supervised during the lunch break and rackets will be provided for those who don’t have one. All children must be signed in and out at reception. Please ensure any medication/inhalers is readily available and staff have been informed prior to leaving the child/children.

Photos make be taken for use on this blog and our social media sites, if you object to your child/children’s images being used please inform reception.

For more information about Summer Holiday Tennis Camps and to book places please telephone the office on 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytenns.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

 

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

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.

 

April In Pictures

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a7cfdd2a-04c7-492a-bf55-72b054d6ccc0Pirates and Indians squads with coach Liam and assistants

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Easter Tennis Camp fun

16E92766-0A0B-40F1-B5CB-C7C36DEF8B5EKevin Karjalainen won two runner-up trophies in Easter holiday tournaments

e189241f-e42d-4042-b543-8a52b9596664Junior players and parents took play in the family tennis event The Quorn™ Family Cup 2019 which was won by father and son Ben and Hayden Cummings (below)

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Meet Our Coaches – Did you read Liam, Jamie, Steph and Julia’s coach profiles this month?

Meet Our Coaches: Julia Moore

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Coach Profile: Julia Moore

Coaching Qualification?  Level 3, Accredited + coach

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

I was 11 which is a bit late for juniors 

How were you introduced to the sport?

My mum and dad used to play and have me sat at the side when I was very young but eventually I bugged them to let me try. They gave me a very old large wooden racket which was far too big!! No such thing as mini tennis when I started. I taught myself by hitting against a wall. Once I started hitting with my family, my dad used to rush the net after the first shot of every rally. He’s 6’1 so that was quite fun for a kid! Once I started beating him, I tried out for a club scholarship which I got and went on from there.

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

Nigel taught me on my level 3 course and so I know that I’ll continue to develop as a coach with him. I also did some research and knew that Totally Tennis offered a good programme for all sorts of different standards of players and ages. The coaching is well respected in tennis circles – put simply, it’s a proper tennis club and programme.

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Dominika Cibulkova because she’s quite short for a tennis player yet she’s a force to be reckoned with on court. It’s all to do with her athleticism and attitude. She’s got one of the best fighting attitudes out there, in my opinion, plus she makes sure to enjoy her life outside of tennis. I think mental attitude and life balance is sometimes neglected in professional tennis and I think it can help someone have longevity in the game. Her go-getting attitude is very similar to Rafa Nadal who I love too.

Years ago, my favourites were Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi because of their huge groundstrokes, especially forehands! She was always classy on court and treated everyone with respect, while obviously being a hugely competitive player. Andre Agassi likewise; his autobiography is one of the best tennis books I’ve read and such a good story that I even recommend it to people who don’t play tennis.

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I love it when someone suddenly understands something and then they can do it. I also really like it when I can help a good player become better when they realise how important mental toughness is.

How often do you coach?

About 4-5 days a week

Do you play any other sport?

Golf and sometimes skiing

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

I’ve got two – one personal and one due to someone else’s achievement. Firstly, I’m glad I started playing competitively again about four years ago and eventually, I won my first ITF seniors tournament last year. Secondly, I’m so proud of a young girl I sometimes hit with who is a top junior in Britain and has just flown off to play a round of international ITF tournaments – she’s not only talented and ambitious but a kind girl.