It was Bring A Buddy week for the development squad players (pictured above & below)
Tennis Director and UCoach tutor Nigel Long (pictured back row far left) with the latest LTA Level 2 candidates who completed their final assessment at the indoor centre
Lots of junior players enjoyed the February Half Term Tennis Camps
Head coach James McIntosh had a PB at the Wokingham half marathon ahead of his London Marathon debut in April in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his father and there was a bake sale at the club to boast his sponsorship funds
Liam and Isla Hignett both received funding and gym scholarships at the Basingstoke Sports Awards 2020
Performance player Aaron Dawson was part of the Hampshire & IOW team
Qualification: Level 3 Tennis Coach/BTEC Diploma in Tennis Coaching
How old were you when you first started playing tennis?
How were you introduced to the sport?
My local club came to my school
What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?
To progress in my career, become a better coach, gain more qualifications and join a well known tennis establishment
Who is your favourite professional tennis player?
Andy Roddick and Genie Bouchard
What do you like most about coaching tennis?
The buzz on court, improving myself as a coach and watching the progress of the people that I coach
How often do you coach?
40+ hours a week
Do you play any other sport?
I used to play every sport I could, now I just play tennis and every now and then I go sailing.
What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?
Achieving top 3 in the UK for apprentice of the year. Competing regional and national competitions.
Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh has climbed another rung of the professional coaching ladder by passing his Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Level 5 Master Club Coach Qualification. McIntosh gained the highest level LTA leading coaching qualification with an impressive 92%, achieving 100% in three of the modules including his Diploma in tennis coaching management at Northumbria University, Level 3 Mentoring Qualification and coaching.
The course duration was two years from application to completion and as part of his portfolio, Mcintosh had to complete three days of coaching experience at a High Performance Centre which he did at Batchwood Tennis Centre in Hertfordshire. The master club coach qualification is for coaches who are working at the very highest level of club coaching. On completion of the course a master club coach is able to deliver on court sessions of the highest quality to all club members, design, implement and evaluate the process and outcome of club programmes, display leadership skills to create and manage change and adaptation in dynamic club environments and mentor a team of coaches to be ensure delivery of a quality programme. McIntosh also completed a project based around his particular area of interest which culminated in the development of a coach education resource to benefit British Tennis in the future. This project also formed part of the his tennis coaching management diploma from Northumbria University.
McIntosh said, “I gained some good coaching experiences during my Level 5 qualification and as well as more knowledge of management whilst completing my diploma.” he added “There was a lot of hard work involved in gaining this qualification but I am very pleased with my achievement.”
Tennis Director Nigel Long said, ‘Congratulations to James on this fantastic achievement. It’s always great to see a player make the successful transition to coaching and do so well in their chosen career. I hope that James and the other-grown coaches continue to be an inspiration to our young players proving that you can turn your hobby and into your profession.”