Adult and Junior Group Sessions Restart

With lockdown restrictions easing the first step to returning to normality was the re-opening of the outdoor courts with a new online booking and payment system (book and pay online here www.totallytennis.co.uk).

Phase two has been the restarting of group sessions, smaller groups of players for adult drills and junior squads. Following on from feedback from parents, groups of a maximum of 5 players have been introduced for squads to ensure the required social distance is maintained and the sessions adhere to government and LTA guidelines. The Ferguson and Rushmere families have embraced the new squad sessions with the four children who attend school together (pictured below) now enjoying weekly sessions with Tennis Director Nigel with great feedback received.

Parent Claire Ferguson said, “The kids absolutely loved the session on Monday.  It was run so well from every aspect, the adjustments for Coronavirus were so well  thought through and implemented fully but it didn’t take away from the learning or the enjoyment.” she added, “After such a long break the kids made progress in just their first lesson back and it was just so lovely as a parent to see (and hear!) the fun they were having, wonderful to get back to some normality in a safe way, an absolute tonic. Thank you!

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Long said, “We’re all so pleased to get back on court and return to some sort of normality! We’re really grateful for everyone’s support and positive feedback as some of our regular coaching sessions have been reintroduced. We’d also like to thank everyone for their patience and we hope will will be back in FULL SWING soon!

For any parents interested in their child/children returning to squad sessions please be assured that hand sanitiser will be used frequently throughout the sessions. On arrival, players are asked to go straight to the outdoor courts where the coach will be waiting. For now the toilets (Pavilion) will remain closed. Parents can watch the sessions outside the court boundary but must maintain a 2m social distance away from the courts entrance so other players can access (read more about the LTA guidelines here www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/).

It’s not just good news for our juniors players as adult drills have also returned with more days/sessions added from next week. Adult drills sessions are now available Monday and Tuesday with group sizes limited to 5 players plus the coach – book fast via the links below to avoid missing out on a space.

​Monday Advanced Drills 6.30 – 7.30pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/BookClass/7918aaba-5ca5-4d1b-955a-3945adf87b9a

Monday Improver Drills 7.30 – 8.30pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/BookClass/21477fd8-c05c-4727-96c7-3b8f290cad1e

Tuesday Improver Drills 8 – 9pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/Coaching/Summary/9ee53e1c-00b6-4161-a6ef-7bf69b63558e

Outdoor courts can continue to be booked in advance via our online booking system, if you would like to play please visit www.totallytennis.co.uk where you can book and pay for your court. For more information on any of the sessions, court bookings or general enquires please telephone 01256 358816, e-mail us at tt@totallytennis.co.uk or send us a Facebook message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Keep an eye on our social media for any further announcements for more playing options.

 

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)

COVID-19 | Return To Restricted Play

We are pleased to announce that following Government and LTA advice our outdoor courts will be opening for singles play and for those in the same household from tomorrow (14th May)

Please click the link below to book your outdoor court online clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/Booking

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COVID-19: Return To Restricted Play (Terms & Conditions)

Only the outdoor courts will be in operation. Indoor courts will remain closed.

Bookings can be made via the Court Booking section on our website. Payments can only be made online – clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/Booking

There is currently no access to the pavilion or toilet facilities.

No more than two people per court unless playing with members from the same household.

Equipment will not be available to hire from the club. Players must bring their own rackets and tennis balls.

Court Bookings are bookable for 60 minutes – Court time 55 Minutes and 5 Minutes to leave.

Please do not arrive too early for your court booking. This is to minimise the amount of players congregating on or around the courts. Please leave on time to allow safe access and departure from courts and to respect the 2 meter distancing rules. 

To avoid gathering of people in or around the tennis courts, Spectators are discouraged. This does not apply to a parent/guardian/carer, (non participant). This should be limited to one per player and social distancing should be strictly followed at all times.

Bring hand sanitiser with you. Bring a full water bottle and do not share food or drink with others and remember to take all rubbish away with you.

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR BALLS ARE CLEARLY MARKED (EG: WITH INITIALS)

Avoid using your hands to pick up tennis balls that aren’t yours – use your racquet/foot to hit/kick them to your opponent or return them to another court.

Individual coaching is also available. Please contact us via Facebook with any queries and questions. Visit our website for all the up-to-date information.

Challenges and Games to try at Home

If you need some inspiration to keep the family occupied while in self-isolation check out the #AtHomeWithTheHignetts series on our Facebook page with some challenges and fun games demonstrated by our very own brother and sister duo performance players and coaches Liam & Isla Hignett – click HERE to see more.

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The challenges and games can be  performed at home, some solo and others with a member of your household. You just need rackets and a ball (plus a wall for the solo exercises). Got a mini tennis net? Set up a makeshift court in the garden and keep practising you shots.

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Feeling lethagic and lacking motivation? There’s lots of challenges on our Facebook page to keep you entertained and active. Check out the TikTok made by some of our performances players and our team attempting some fun tennis challenges. Join in with the professional players like Liam and Isla completing Andy Murray’s 100 volley challenge and Roger Federer’s volley drill against a wall like coach Dom. Can you beat Head coach James 30 second racket game? Visit our Facebook page HERE to see all the videos.

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Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you back on court soon.

Local and International Summer Tennis Competitions Cancelled

Sadly Totally Tennis will be unable to contest their unbeaten record in the Annual Festival of Sport against Basingstoke’s twin town Euskirchen in 2020 after the Basingstoke Voluntary Sports Council announced that it’s been cancelled due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

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It’s the first time in twenty-seven consecutive years that the twin-town competition, which was scheduled to take place in Euskirchen in June, has been cancelled. Last year Basingstoke won 22-7 overall on home soil but the local clubs/teams will have to wait until June 2021 to contest the title in the rescheduled event in Germany.

Head Coach James McIntosh (pictured above with last year’s competitors) said, “It’s such a shame that the festival will not take place this year, much like many other events which have been cancelled.” he added “Some of the players who had previously been on the trip were looking forward to meeting up with their friends and others were excited to be part of the Festival of Sport for the first time. We look forward to going to Germany next year.”

It’s not just local sporting events being affected by COVID-19 but also prestigious international sporting competitions such as the Tokyo Olympics, Euro 2020, Tour de France and the F1 calendar all being cancelled or postponed. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) recently announced that this summer’s Wimbledon Championships has been cancelled for the first time since World War Two.

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The 134th tournament, that was due to be played between 29th June – 12th July in London, is not the only one to be cancelled with the news that the whole grass-court season including Queen’s and Eastbourne, will not go ahead in the UK. There will be no professional tournaments happening elsewhere in the world this summer, including the French Open which has been re-scheduled to September. It remains to be seen what will happen with the US Open later this year.

For more information about the cancellation of this year’s Wimbledon Championships, click HERE. Members of the public who paid for tickets in the Wimbledon Public Ballot for this year’s Championships will have their tickets refunded and will be offered the chance to purchase tickets for the same day and court for The Championships 2021.

Wimbledon photo used with courtesy of http://www.wimbledon.com/

 

 

 

QMC in Training For National Cup

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) boys tennis team enjoyed their first outdoor training session in preparation for their first National Cup match. The team, that includes Totally Tennis performance player Harry Feast, train weekly at the club.

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The boys have a bye in the first round and will face the winners of Canford School vs. Portsmouth Grammar School in the second round.

 

February in Pictures | 2020

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It was Bring A Buddy week for the development squad players (pictured above & below)

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IMG_6833Tennis Director and UCoach tutor Nigel Long (pictured back row far left) with the latest LTA Level 2 candidates who completed their final assessment at the indoor centre

IMG_6525Lots of junior players enjoyed the February Half Term Tennis Camps

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Head coach James McIntosh had a PB at the Wokingham half marathon ahead of his London Marathon debut in April in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his father and there was a bake sale at the club to boast his sponsorship funds

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IMG_6997Liam and Isla Hignett both received funding and gym scholarships at the Basingstoke Sports Awards 2020

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Performance player Aaron Dawson was part of the Hampshire & IOW team

Bring A Buddy Week | February 2020

It was Bring a Buddy week at Totally Tennis last week where junior development players were invited to ask siblings and friends to join in their session.

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Head coach James McIntosh said, “It was great to see some of our squad players bring along their friends or siblings to join in with their session, especially those that hasn’t played tennis before. We look forward to doing another Bring a Buddy week next term.” 

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Look out for the Bring A Buddy week next term 😉

 

January in Pictures | 2020

IMG_5393Head coach James McIntosh announced he was running the 2020 London Marathon for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his late father

IMG_5662Performance player and assistant coach Harry Feast got to the semi-final stage of the South West Winter County Tour held at the indoor centre

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Let’s Get Active Basingstoke

Head coach James McIntosh held a free hour long fitness and tennis techniques session at the Chineham Shopping centre as part of the Let’s Get Active Basingstoke family-friendly day organised by Hampshire Court.

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Alongside the tennis session participants were offered a multi-sport session with Stow Sports as well as zumba, high intensity interval training, cardio-conditioning transform live and a family bootcamp held by Hampshire Court instructors.

McIntosh said of the event, “Thank you to Jaco from Hampshire Court for organising the event and inviting Totally Tennis to be involved. Encouraging people to get active with a range of different activities is always a great idea.”

Totally Tennis run adult and junior sessions for members and non-members at Hampshire Court based in Chineham – see the latest schedule below and visit our website for more information www.totallytennis.co.uk/team-sports

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