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/

Win For Feast in Oxford

Performance player and coaching assistant Harry Feast won the 18 & under Boys singles title at last weekend’s East Winter County Tour Oxford Sports tournament held at the Oxford Sports Lawn Tennis Club, Oxfordshire.

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After losing his first match against Scott Aspley in three sets 4-2, 2-4, 10-8 Feast then his next three matches beating Rafferty Read 4-3(4), 4-0, Tanguy Wache 4-2, 4-1 and Yegor Boyev 4-1, 4-0 to win the title.

Congratulations Harry!

Next Level for Dingwall

Totally Tennis performance player and coaching assistant Nick Dingwall has passed his Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Level 3 coaching award.

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Dingwall started playing tennis at the club when he was just four years old, working his way up through the development and performance squad programme. He won the Boys Schools Doubles Tournament while representing Brighton Hill Community College and at the age of fourteen starting assisting at the club as part of the Totally Tennis Tennis Leaders Programme.

Dingwall was a volunteer coach at the club between the ages of fourteen to sixteen and took both his LTA Level 1 and 2 coaching awards. He gained lots of experience coaching juniors, adults and people with disabilities as well as some performance players under the mentoring scheme working with all the coaches at the indoor centre.

Dingwall said “I am pleased to pass my Level 3 award which I worked hard to achieve. I hope to go to university when I finish at QMC to study Sports Coaching and Development.

Boys Doubles Team with SarahDingwall (last on right) with teammates (L to R) Ali Olrog, Loic Armstrong and PE teacher Sarah Goldson

Last year, Dingwall was part of the highly successful Queen Mary’s College (QMC) tennis team where he played as number two seed and was unbeaten in all his singles matches until the last match of the season. He won every doubles match when paired with fellow coaching assistant Ali Olrog.

IMG_5013Dingwall (3rd Right) with (L to R) coach Ben Clarke and fellow coaching assistants Jordan Hughes and Olrog

Dingwall recently completed his voluntary hours at Wimbledon for his Community Sports Leaders Award working alongside QMC PE teacher Sarah Goldson in her other role as Ballboy/Ballgirl (BBG) Manager at the annual Wimbledon Championships.  Dingwall assisted with general operational duties and supervising of the BBGs, learning about some of the key aspects of their on court work.

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Tennis Director Nigel Long said “Congratulations to Nick! It’s another success story for the Totally Tennis mentoring scheme facilitating player to coach transition. I am pleased that we are continuing to motivate players and retain them in the game in their career.”

 

 

Player Profile: Jordan Hughes

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Age: Nineteen

Level 2 Coaching Assistant

How old were you when you first started tennis?

7 years

How were you introduced to the sport?

At my school, St Johns Primary School

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

School said it would help my dyslexia

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Ben Jubin

What do you like most about the sport?

Helps me to keep fit

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

I help coach the children so I don’t have much time to play myself

Do you play any other sport?

I go to the gym and play football with my friends in a 7-a-side league

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Being able to coach children tennis and helping them to play to the best of their ability.