Hignett and Bromilow Join Referee Development Group

Totally Tennis performance players and Sherfield School tennis scholars Liam Hignett and Miles Bromilow are adding more skills to their ever growing tennis portfolio by attending a three part Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) referee development course.

The boys were invited to become part of the new Referee Development Group taking place across the South West of England. The LTA initiative aims to develop young players aged 16+, especially those who have shown an interest in coaching, to enable them to run events at their respective clubs by teaching them the necessary competition organisation skills.

IMG_1358With the number of tennis players competing having dropped in recent years from 24,000 to 20,000 the LTA has announced its commitment to reversing the decline. This new group is designed to get like minded young players together and encourage them to run competitions and events that give other players the opportunity to play tennis.

The boys will take part in three free courses at the Winchester Racquets and Fitness Club; the Competition Organiser Course which they have already completed, the Court Supervisors Course and Referees Course worth a whopping £125 in total. They have also been gifted team kit and laptop bags and will receive on-going mentoring as well as the opportunity to learn valuable new skills.

Hignett said. “It has been great to be a part of the Referee Development Group. I’m  looking forward to being able to transfer the skills I have acquired to organise LTA tournaments in the future.” he added, “The next two parts of the courses will teach me how to run my own tournaments as a Referee and also oversee a number of courts at larger tournaments as a Court Supervisor.”

I am looking forward to continuing with the group and embracing the new opportunities it will give me in the officiating side of the game.”

 

 

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NEW Junior Leaders Course Begins

The latest batch of candidates attended the LTA Tennis Leaders course held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre last Sunday run by coach Simon James, himself a young coach who have made the successful transition from player to coach at the club. James started his coaching career on the leaders course whilst still at school and throughout the years many of the Totally Tennis coaches started playing tennis at the club as teenagers working their way up through the performance squads and showing an interest in coaching as a potential career via the LTA Tennis Leaders Award.

IMG_3530.JPGTotally Tennis performance player Matt Berry was joined by Costello Technology College students, Queen Mary’s College (QMC) students and the Sport and PE assistant from QMC. As well as attending the first core module, most of the candidates will be volunteering at the annual Primary Schools Tournament being held at the indoor centre on Thursday.

Becoming an LTA tennis leader is a junior players first step onto the tennis coaching pathway and is available for those thirteen and over. The course is modular based with a core module and four additional modules. Candidates learn important communication and organisation skills which are needed to be a successful coach. In addition they learn lesson structures, warm-ups, long-term player development, basic technique, diet, customer care and presentation skills taught through the on-court sessions and course booklets. Candidates are offered support and advice by the coaching team, complete ten voluntary on-court hours and are offered follow-on opportunities at the club, continuing their involvement with the game.

IMG_0447-2Tennis Director Nigel Long, who founded the club identified a need to retain young players in tennis through both playing and coaching, developing leadership skills and using the existing coaching team to mentor younger players. The tennis leaders course increases the awareness of the coaching opportunities available in sport as a career in this country and is a nationally recognised LTA qualification that is great for a players CV regardless of their choice of career. IMG_0446

Junior Tennis Leaders Graduate

The latest batch of young candidates, who have been working towards their LTA Tennis Leaders award have completed their voluntary on-court experience have graduated. The course was held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre by Head Coach James McIntosh and Simon James, who themselves have made the successful transition from player to coach at the club starting their coaching career on the leaders course whilst still at school.

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The successful candidates who have completed the Tennis Leaders Award

The initial three-hour compulsory introductory module covered elements of leadership and all the candidates were then required to complete the ten voluntary on-court hours to complete the award specification in their own time. The course’s full schedule covered warm-ups, qualification structure, communication, organisation, types of feeding the ball for forehands, backhands, volleys and serves as well as a series of practical demonstrations and quizzes.

IMG_8895Totally Tennis players Andrew Dingwall, Liam Hignett, George Turner, Maria Rumpus, Sarah Winkle, Louise Mallozzi, Oria Acosta, Aaron Waters, Alice Belcher, Emily Burke, Josh James, Alex Wood, Jack Tully, Rohith Manikondo and Elinor Bank all participated and were joined by Jack Norris, Karen Helbert and Amy Crowley on the course.

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Performances players Liam Hignett (above) and Andrew Dingwall (below) with their Tennis Leaders Award certificates IMG_8898

Tennis Director Nigel Long identified a need to retain young players in the game when he started Totally Tennis over twenty years ago. Players are retained through coaching and playing, as well as developing leadership skills and the coaches has always mentored younger players. The tennis leaders course increases the awareness of the coaching opportunities available to young people in sport as a career in this country and is a nationally recognised LTA qualification that is great for a players CV regardless of their choice of career.1779964_10152525431923042_1848824676517925885_n

James helping the candidates on court during the introductory module

Long said ” My philosophy has always been to assist and mentor players to give them an opportunity to develop into coaches. All of the current coaching team are home-grown coaches who has made the successful transition from player to coach, working hard to gain their qualifications and progressing through the LTA coaching qualifications.”

Becoming a LTA tennis leader is a junior’s first step onto the tennis coaching pathway and available for those thirteen and over. The course is modular based with a core module and four additional modules. Candidates learn important communication and organisation skills which are needed to be a successful coach. In addition they learn lesson structures, warm-ups, long-term player development, basic technique, diet, customer care and presentation skills taught through the on-court sessions and course booklets. Candidates are offered support and advice by the coaching team, complete ten voluntary on-court hours and are offered follow-on opportunities at the club, continuing their involvement with the game.

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Head Coach McIntosh on court with some of the candidates during the first module

The next Tennis Leaders course will start at Totally Tennis on 19th April from 10.00am – 1.00pm and will cost £35. Anyone interested should contact the office on 01256 358816 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk.