Open Days Proved a Great Success

Hundreds of children visited the indoor centre last weekend to play in the club’s tennis Open Days. After the success of last week’s Schools Tennis Roadshow that visited local schools across Basingstoke, Totally Tennis opened its doors on Saturday and Sunday to offer primary school age children the opportunity to play on the full size tennis courts in free fun sessions.
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Phil Leighton, from the Tennis Foundation, who ran the roadshow visited ten schools and saw over 1400 children throughout last week and with another ten schools distributed the flyers to their pupils about the free open days, the anticipation was high for fun weekend packed full of tennis. The roadshow introduced tennis to a large audience throughout the week highlighting that it’s not only a great way for kids to get fit and healthy but also develop important motor skills and learn sportsmanship all whilst having lots of fun.
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Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “I’d like to thank Phil, the Tennis Foundation, the whole Totally Tennis team and our squad players for helping us to provide so many children with the opportunity to play in our Open Days last weekend.” he added, “There were a great success with so many of the children deciding to take up tennis in our junior squad sessions.”
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Over 300 children visited Totally Tennis over the course of the sunny weekend to participate in the mixed sessions with Leighton and club coaches James McIntosh, Jordan Frederick, Shyam Vithani, Andrew Dingwall, Simon James and Steph Catlin. The mini tennis sessions offered the groups of players ten different activities from hand-eye coordination to basic tennis skills. They rotated around the stations to try the different skills including throwing and catching, racket skills, target throws, speed of serve and more fun activities. In addition to the free sessions a special roadshow offer encouraged many of the young players to sign up to play in the Pirates and Indians squads which are part of the club’s Junior Development Programme.
Head Coach James McIntosh said, “All of the coaches and helpers over the weekend did a fantastic job in making the open days such a success. I would like to say a big thank you to all the squad players who generously gave up time over their weekend to be involved.” he added “Also a big thank you to Jill, Emily, Karen, Anne, Claire, Kerri, Penny and Sandy for all of the organisation and selling of refreshments over the two days.”
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A large team of squad players gave up their time to be involved in the event encouraging younger children to enjoy playing tennis. A big thanks to Daniel Prickett, Aaron Dawson, Oliver Alemeny, Eddie Lakatos, Dylan Hall-Jones, Isla Hignett, Jas Bromilow, Dessi Bratinova, Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Harry Feast, Louise Mallozi, Lucy Groves, Elinor Banks and Danielle Beckett.

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Steph Catlin (pictured above coaching) added “The roadshow this weekend was a huge success. Speaking on behalf of all the coaches, we had a lot of fun exposing the best sport in the world to hundreds of little ones this weekend.

“We can’t promise that the weather will be as beautiful, but we hope to see them all in our squads to continue the learning and fun! A big shout out to all the current TT players who helped out, they played a huge part in the running and success of the weekend!

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The Tennis Foundation is Britain’s leading tennis charity that strives to make sport inclusive and accessible to everyone. The aim is to provide opportunities to encourage people to maximise their potential through tennis by working closely with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and a wide range of partners from across all sectors to deliver their vision and aim. For more information visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk

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For more information about Totally Tennis please telephone 01256 358816 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk More information about the junior squad programme can be found here and read all our latest news on our blog here

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Silver Medal For Kirsty

Totally Tennis performance player Kirsty Da Silva was runner-up in the grade 5 Chesham Bois 12 and under Girls singles tournament held at Chesham Bois Lawn Tennis & Squash Club in Amersham, Buckinghamshire this weekend.

In her first match Da Silva beat Bianca Iacobut 4-3, 4-1 and then defeated her personal nemesis’ and second seed Patricia Radan in a close three set semi-final match  4-2, 1-4, 10-9. In the final her winning streak was halted by Anjali Kotecha who won 4-1, 4-1 and Da Silva finished up with the runner-up’s medal.

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Sue Da Silva (Kirtsy’s mum) said, “Kirsty has never beaten Patricia before although she came close in their last meeting but today was her day, at last! she added, “It’s her first medal for a while, it’s so great to see her back in a final again!

 

Player Profile: Julia Miksztal

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JULIA MIKSZTAL

Age: Six

Squad: Pirates

How old were you when you first started tennis?  

At six, I’ve started attending lessons; however I was four when I was introduced to tennis.

How were you introduced to the sport?

My whole family plays tennis

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

I wanted to learn how to play

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Agnieszka Radwanska

What do you like most about the sport?

I can play with my parents

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

Not really, but I do attend swimming and ballet lessons

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

I’m not sure but I really enjoy attending tennis lessons

Player Profile: Binta Bahri

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Age: Five

Squad: Pirates

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Five 

How were you introduced to the sport?

My Dad

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Because my sister is playing there

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

 Serena Williams

What do you consider to be your best shot?

None yet

How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

No

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?   

 

Player Profile: Benjamin Hawkins

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Age:

Squad:  Indians

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Five

How were you introduced to the sport?  

By a friend

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Friends

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

I don’t have one yet

What do you like most about the sport?

It’s fun

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Still learning

How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

No

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Improvement of my coordination

Player Profile: Vihan Fernando

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Age: Six

Squad: Indians

How old were you when you first started tennis?  

Six

How were you introduced to the sport?

My Dad used to bring me to Munchkins

What made you come to Totally Tennis?   

My sister came here

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?  

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

It makes me move about a lot

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

Volley

How often do you play?  

Weekly

Do you play any other sport?  

Cricket

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

None so far

 

Coach Profile: Shyam Vithlani

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SHYAM VITHLANI

Head Coach Hampshire Court

Qualification: Level 4 Senior Coach Award / Sports Development with Coaching BSC(hons) Degree

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Six

How were you introduced to the sport?

By my parents

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Munchkin sessions on a Saturday morning was on at a convenient time and I kept coming back because of the coaches, who later on became my mentors.  

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer  

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

To see players of all ages improving their game whether they are beginners or performance player,  to see them progress to win matches and enjoy the sport.

How often do you coach?

Full time

Do you play any other sport?

Football and Golf

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Winning University league with Sheffield Hallam and becoming a Senior Coach.