Coach Profile: Jamie Barry

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Coaching Qualification:   Level 3

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Two

How were you introduced to the sport?

Through my parents as my mum’s a tennis coach and my dad’s a keen player.

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

My coach and idol growing up was Jason Jokhoo who grew up playing at Totally Tennis and coached there for years before moving to Salisbury. He always spoke really highly of Totally Tennis and Nigel Long so when I got the chance to join the team, learn from great coaches and work with really good players while following in Jason’s footsteps it was a no brainer!

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I really enjoy seeing players enjoying tennis and improving their game at the same time.

How often do you coach?

Six days a week

Do you play any other sport?

Football and Golf

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

As a player I’ve won the county closed doubles three times but my most proud moment was watching a player I’ve coached for years playing at Wimbledon in the Road to Wimbledon competition.

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Meet Our Coaches: Liam Hignett

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Coach Profile: Liam Hignett

Coaching Qualification:   Level 3 Accredited

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Ten

How were you introduced to the sport?

Through a school taster session

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

Great, local centre, enthusiastic players and ultimately, a fantastic coaching team who I enjoy working with.

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I love seeing people reach their goals and targets, whatever level they are playing at, and I love supporting them towards this.

How often do you coach?

More or less, every day!

Do you play any other sport?

I used to do cross country, football, hockey and various athletics events during my time in school.

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Certainly 2016 GB National Championships, becoming a National Doubles Champion and being in the top 8 in the singles.

 

 

March In Pictures

img_5147-e1552467798666.jpgITF points and a world ranking for performance player Dean Cooper KirbyIMG_0603Adult coaching with James and Liam

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IMG_9237The brownies visited for a fun session with Head Coach James McIntoshIMG_9423

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IMG_9638Coach Julia on court with our younger junior squad playersIMG_9689

Image-1.pngCoach and performance player Liam Hignett competed in the British Tour event in Loughborough96805d8a-3eca-466d-8704-50cab794523e.jpgSpring is in the air – first outdoor Adult Mixed Morning of 2019

Try a FREE Tennis Tots session

Tennis Tots, the fun sessions for three and four year olds, will restart after Easter for all the younger members of the family to get involved with learning co-ordination, balance and agility skills. The sessions will run with coach Jamie for 5 weeks from Tuesday 23rd April to Tuesday 21st May 2019 at a cost of £25 per child.

TRY FOR FREE

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Tuesday 2nd April from 11:15pm – 12 noon

At Totally Tennis we believe in tapping into a child’s potential from an early age which can prove invaluable in later life. Early development of agility, balance, co-ordination and speed is essential if a child is to develop their full athletic potential. Tennis Tots is a fun session focusing on these skills through play and games which help to build confidence and social skills for any pre-schooler.

The sessions are not just tennis specific but does teach basic skills along with hand-to-eye coordination and sending and receiving skills. No equipment is required and parents are expected to join in the fun.

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For more information and to book your place telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, visit our website http://www.totally tennis.co.uk or e-mail tt@totally tennis.co.uk

February In Pictures

f6ab3b7c-7912-4060-a58f-66244d48c22650+ players escaping the cold at the indoor centre

 

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IMG_3620The QMC boys team beat Bedales School at the indoor centre

5a0b2bd9-b437-43ae-a188-86c984d76143Sherfield Tennis Scholar Aaron Dawson (pictured far right) won the Boys 18 & U Doubles with Partner Alexandria at the South West Winter County Tour held by Liam Hignett at TT

LOVE was in the air on court

0469fa25-2f2f-4917-af03-9d88f0c4522eLots of fun was had at the February Half Term Tennis Camps (above & below)1a575a36-0ea9-400d-9948-4d6e3b174b7a

Winners and fair play medals for Harry Dolman and runners-up trophy with partner Riley Webb in half term tournaments

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Matchplay during the Adults Mixed Morning session

IMG_4623Dean Cooper Kirby competed in the ITF Grade 4 tournament in El Salvador

6e86f33f-e6f2-420a-9118-9a19e2632a3bFinally some winter sunshine meant squads on the outdoor courts

January in Pictures

img_3121The coaching team with new member Jamie Barry (far left) who joined in January

Two new ladies joined the coaching team too, Julia Moore and Jane Timmis (R to L)

IMG_3922Lots of fun was had at the post-Christmas Tennis Camps

IMG_3921The Totally Tennis 9 & under Mixed team won the Division 1 County Tier title 

IMG_3920Back on court in 2019 with the Sherfield School Tennis Scholars 

IMG_3923New Year, New Squad Term began

img_3256Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid won the 16 & under Girls Doubles at the South West Winter County Tour event held at TT

img_3431Harry Dolman (pictured with former TT coach Jordan Frederick) won the 9 & under Mixed singles title at the South West Winter County Tour held at Totally Tennis

3e35f7ca-d35e-46bf-9919-85ccb3416f31Liam Hignett competed in the British Tour men’s event at the University of Bath

img_3253.jpgNew coach Jamie and Head Coach James on court with the Red & Orange squads

b9a13675-c81c-49fc-b527-7dbb9c08ea28Performance player and coach Liam Hignett passed his LTA Level 3 coaching qualification

2909a33f-afe4-493d-a632-e660bae79facRunner-up medal for Tom Harris in the 12 & U Boys Doubles with partner Edward Hewlett at the South West Winter County Tour held at Totally Tennis

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IMG_3696Coach Jane Timmis with the Friday Dodgers Squad

Hignett Gains LTA Level 3 Coaching Qualification

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett  has passed his Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Level 3 Coaching Qualification.

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Current Hampshire & IOW County Championships Men’s champion, Hignett will be sharing his experience and expertise with players in the junior and adult programmes. He also offers private lessons as well as hitting sessions for performance players looking for that extra practice.

Hignett started playing at Totally Tennis from the age of ten in the junior performance squads and has gone on to win many titles as a junior and in then in the men’s competitions in both singles and doubles. He played at Wimbledon after winning the HSBC Road to Wimbledon county title and has represented Hampshire & IOW in various County Cup matches across several different age groups. He gained a tennis scholarship to Sherfield School via the club’s ongoing partnership with the school and won more titles with the school team.

He has been a volunteer coach at the club for several years and previously passed both his LTA Level 1 and 2 coaching awards. He has gained plenty of experience coaching juniors, adults and some of the performance players under the mentoring scheme working with all the coaches at the indoor centre. He has learnt many new skills as part of his level 3 course including how to coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals, understanding the basics of business management, the competitive structure in the UK and working with level 1 and 2 coaching assistants. Alongside the four modules Hignett undertook coaching experience with a mentor, compiled a portfolio and passed his final on court practical coaching assessment.

Hignett said, “I’m happy to have passed my level 3 course and looking forward to continuing to develop as a coach. I’m thankful to the coaches who have been giving me advice and pointers on how I can improve and also to tutors Nigel Long and Guy Leverton for a great course and for helping me to pass.”

Tennis Director Nigel Long said, ‘Unlike many other coaches having played to such a high level will really benefit Liam’s career as well as our players as he can now share all his playing experiences and tactical and technical knowledge. “

Hignett has also completed the LTA referee development course that enables him to run events at the club such as the recent LTA South West County Tour series. He will be running South West Winter County Tour series at Totally Tennis until March for juniors aged from eight to eighteen – to find out more about the tournaments and to enter visit www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/

For more information about individual lessons with Hignett contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or Hignett himself via Instagram and Facebook

Congratulations Liam! 😉