April in Pictures | 2020

IMG_8062At Home with The Hignetts – a series of fun games and challenges to keep active at home from our very own performance players and coaches Liam & Isla Hignett (see full series on Facebook and Instagram)

IMG_8071The viral toilet roll challenge (see video in full on Facebook)

 

Liam & Isla completed Andy Murray’s 100 Volley Challenge demonstrated by him and his wife Kim in their garden

Coach Dom tried out Roger Federer’s volley drill against the wall

IMG_8067Some of our performance players put together a fun TikTok (see video in full on Facebook)

Our team starred in fun Easter video (see full video on Facebook)

IMG_8064Another day, another challenge with Head Coach James (see full video on Facebook)

Andy Murray and Kiki Bertens swapped their rackets for playstation controllers and won the ‘virtual’ Madrid Open titles from and then donated their winnings to charity

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.

At Home with The Hignetts | Self-Isolation Tennis Training Exercises

We asked performance players and coaches Liam and Isla Hignett to give us some tennis training exercises that can be practiced at home, either indoors or in the garden, to keep everyone active over this period of enforced self-isolation.

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The first series of six exercises, that can be performed alone or with a sibling/parent, include the following (demonstration videos will be published on our social media over the coming days). There will also be a series of fun games.

We would love to see your videos of you trying the exercises. Let us know what you are doing to get fit and active.

Thank you Liam and Isla for helping us to keep motivated at this challenging time 😉

Meet Our Assistant Coaches: Andrew Dingwall

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Coach Profile: Andrew Dingwall

Coaching Qualification: Level 2

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?
Four years old

How were you introduced to the sport?
My family all played and were passionate about tennis

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?
The friendly atmosphere of the team

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?
Rafael Nadal

What do you like most about coaching tennis?
The players looking forward to tennis each work and having fun whilst improving at the sport

How often do you coach?
One day a week

Do you play any other sport?
Only skiing once a year

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?
Getting to the sixth form national finals

Read more about the Totally Tennis coaching team on the COACHING TEAM tab or click totallytennis.wordpress.com/meet-the-team/

October in Pictures

IMG_3128Coach Liam Hignett won the LTA British Tour Exeter Open Mens Singles title 

IMG_3101Head coach James Mcintosh ran the Oxford Half Marathon

4f76318e-dd7f-494c-b4f0-8835764bd3e0The latest Adult Course graduates

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Hayden Cummings won the 12 & under Boys singles title at the Portsmouth Tennis Centre Winter County Tournament 

956525df-d8b4-4134-83d4-a05e9e450ef7Red and Orange TT Tour5f4983ec-3506-4891-8385-16460d64b2a9IMG_3467Aaron Dawson won the 16 & U Boys singles title at Birchwood Junior & Senior Open

1B927363-7C9A-404F-9F0C-9E906DA3195DOctober Half Term Tennis CampsIMG_3470Coach Liam captained the Hampshire & IOW 9 & U team to victory at the West Hants Club

8e777b9b-bbd2-4649-b7b7-9a1748e65980Meet performance player and assistant coach Harry Feast  – read more about all the coaching team HERE

Meet Our Assistant Coaches: Harry Feast

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Coach Profile: Harry Feast

Coaching Qualification: LTA Level 1

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Four 

How were you introduced to the sport?

I went to Hampshire Court to try a session

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

I already played there

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Juan Martin Del Potro

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

When you see that something you’ve said makes someone play better

How often do you coach?

Mainly at Tennis Camps so far

Do you play any other sport?

I play floor ball

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Getting to the semi-final of a Grade 3 tournament

Read more about the Totally Tennis coaching team on the COACHING TEAM tab or click totallytennis.wordpress.com/meet-the-team/

LTA Big Tennis Weekends

As part of the successful Totally Tennis schools programme Head Coach James McIntosh visited local schools to deliver tennis assemblies, all the pupils involved were then invited to attend a FREE junior tennis open day.  Part of the LTA Big Tennis Weekends initiative, open days are designed to give children an opportunity to try tennis at a club on real tennis courts with LTA qualified coaches.

9a9c066c-f3c0-4fd6-97c1-e5c80c8031f0.jpegHead coach James McIntosh said, “The event went really well and it was great to give so many children the opportunity to play tennis at the centre and for some it was their first time in picking up a racket.” he added, ” Since the event Totally Tennis has managed to expand its schools programme with the introduction of an after schools club at St Johns which we are looking forward to getting started next week.”

4180ba61-0e4b-42ec-b91a-fd822df176a9.jpgThe Totally Tennis schools programme has not only given children the opportunity to play tennis but also produced countless players and coaches over the years. Some of these players have represented their respective schools and the club in many competitions, even winning National titles. The club also runs curriculum and after school sessions as well as the annual schools tournaments at the indoor centre.

Find out more about the Totally Tennis Schools Programme and Junior Development Squads by telephone 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website here. Read all our latest news on our blog here

 

 

 

 

September In Pictures

14151087-9cc4-40dc-937d-d8c735cc1f7a.jpg50+ players enjoying the September sun on the outdoor courts

0C65F596-023D-4E18-AE3F-49CD96CE5B6DCoach Dominic Mitchell joined the coaching team on a full time basis

510e9d74-31c8-49cf-88d3-fb140df7b3faThe 50+ players enjoying their regular Wednesday morning session with Head Coach James

IMG_1237Coach Steph Catlin and former coach Ben Jubin successfully defended their Basingstoke Open Mixed Doubles title to win again this year

f95e1411-e433-4ff9-a448-745a2331c48fCoaches James and Liam held an Under 9 Boys County Training session (above and below)

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5fd669d7-e517-4412-b3fe-e32ae3d4bb38Coaches Loic and Andrew held the latest TT Tour event

Meet our homegrown coaches in our latest interviews

IMG_7032Head coach James Mcintosh delivered Tennis Assemblies at local schools 

2788c383-db58-44f6-bf4e-06963d0e546fThe club held its annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support

Local school children attended the Free Big Weekend Open Day event

Totally Tennis 50+ player Elvira Olbrich competed for her native Poland in the Women’s 65 category of the Kitty Godfree Cup at the 39th ITF Super-Seniors championships

 

Meet Our Coaches: Loic Armstrong

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Coach Profile: Loic Armstrong

Coaching Qualification: LTA Level 1

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Five

How were you introduced to the sport?

My brother played

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

Used to play here when I was young

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Gael Monfils

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

Seeing people improve and running fitness sessions

How often do you coach?

Four times a week

Do you play any other sport?

Rugby 7s and plenty of fitness/gym

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Top 10 player in Hampshire County U14 

Read more about the Totally Tennis coaching team on the COACHING TEAM tab or click totallytennis.wordpress.com/meet-the-team/

Big Tennis Weekends Open Day – 28th September 2019

As part of the successful Totally Tennis schools programme the club will be visiting local schools next week to deliver tennis assemblies and invite the pupils to attend a FREE junior tennis open day at the club on Saturday 28th September. The LTA Big Tennis Weekends initiative is designed to give children an opportunity to try tennis at the club on real tennis courts with LTA qualified coaches.

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Tennis Director Nigel Long said “Our coaches have been visiting Basingstoke schools for many years and have, over that time, given thousands of children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to try tennis and realise all the benefits that the sport can bring.”

The Totally Tennis schools programme has not only given children the opportunity to play tennis but also produced countless players and coaches over the years. Some of these players have represented their respective schools and the club in many competitions, even winning National titles. The club also runs curriculum and after school sessions as well as the annual schools tournaments at the indoor centre.

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Next week Head Coach James Mcintosh will visit Sherborne St. John, Kempshott and Winklebury. Like your school to be involved? Telephone 01256 358816 for more information. The Open Day will take place from 1:00pm – 2:30pm on Saturday 28th September at the indoor centre located in the War Memorial Park – it’s FREE to attend and everyone is welcome.

Children who attend the open day will be invited to join our junior development 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

Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekends is a LTA initiative designed to attract new people from the local community to come and try tennis at their neighbourhood venue via fun and welcoming open days. Nature Valley Big Tennis Weekends are taking place across the country on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019. Read more about the Tennis Weekends at www.lta.org.uk/