Coach Profile: Jamie Barry

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Coaching Qualification:   Level 3

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Two

How were you introduced to the sport?

Through my parents as my mum’s a tennis coach and my dad’s a keen player.

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

My coach and idol growing up was Jason Jokhoo who grew up playing at Totally Tennis and coached there for years before moving to Salisbury. He always spoke really highly of Totally Tennis and Nigel Long so when I got the chance to join the team, learn from great coaches and work with really good players while following in Jason’s footsteps it was a no brainer!

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I really enjoy seeing players enjoying tennis and improving their game at the same time.

How often do you coach?

Six days a week

Do you play any other sport?

Football and Golf

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

As a player I’ve won the county closed doubles three times but my most proud moment was watching a player I’ve coached for years playing at Wimbledon in the Road to Wimbledon competition.

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Meet Our Coaches: Liam Hignett

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Coach Profile: Liam Hignett

Coaching Qualification:   Level 3 Accredited

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Ten

How were you introduced to the sport?

Through a school taster session

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

Great, local centre, enthusiastic players and ultimately, a fantastic coaching team who I enjoy working with.

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I love seeing people reach their goals and targets, whatever level they are playing at, and I love supporting them towards this.

How often do you coach?

More or less, every day!

Do you play any other sport?

I used to do cross country, football, hockey and various athletics events during my time in school.

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Certainly 2016 GB National Championships, becoming a National Doubles Champion and being in the top 8 in the singles.

 

 

January in Pictures

img_3121The coaching team with new member Jamie Barry (far left) who joined in January

Two new ladies joined the coaching team too, Julia Moore and Jane Timmis (R to L)

IMG_3922Lots of fun was had at the post-Christmas Tennis Camps

IMG_3921The Totally Tennis 9 & under Mixed team won the Division 1 County Tier title 

IMG_3920Back on court in 2019 with the Sherfield School Tennis Scholars 

IMG_3923New Year, New Squad Term began

img_3256Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid won the 16 & under Girls Doubles at the South West Winter County Tour event held at TT

img_3431Harry Dolman (pictured with former TT coach Jordan Frederick) won the 9 & under Mixed singles title at the South West Winter County Tour held at Totally Tennis

3e35f7ca-d35e-46bf-9919-85ccb3416f31Liam Hignett competed in the British Tour men’s event at the University of Bath

img_3253.jpgNew coach Jamie and Head Coach James on court with the Red & Orange squads

b9a13675-c81c-49fc-b527-7dbb9c08ea28Performance player and coach Liam Hignett passed his LTA Level 3 coaching qualification

2909a33f-afe4-493d-a632-e660bae79facRunner-up medal for Tom Harris in the 12 & U Boys Doubles with partner Edward Hewlett at the South West Winter County Tour held at Totally Tennis

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IMG_3696Coach Jane Timmis with the Friday Dodgers Squad

Happy New Year from Totally Tennis

Happy New Year from the team at Totally Tennis. The coaching team, which includes three new members, are looking forward to welcoming everyone on court to get 2019 off to a fit and healthy start.

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Junior squads re-start from 7th January (tomorrow) and new team members Jane Timmis, Jamie Barry and Julia Moore will be involved in coaching the junior sessions as well as adult sessions.

Jane Timmis is an LTA Accredited+ Level 5 Coach, the top coaching level available and she has extensive experience in coaching individuals and groups across all age ranges.  With a lifelong love of tennis, she has recently returned to coaching and is keen to impart her knowledge and enthusiasm for the game onto others.  Jane plays competitively for her club and county and in 2018 she represented England as well as a member of her club team that won the European Club Championship title in her age group.

Julia Moore is an experienced player who is ranked top ten in her county and 125 in the world for her age group. As a coach, she ensures players enjoy themselves while improving technical and tactical techniques and their mental game. Jamie Barry has played for seventeen years and was in fact previously coached by a former Totally Tennis performance player and coach Jason Jokhoo.  He has won many titles and currently represents Wiltshire in County Cup Events, Jamie has chosen coaching as a career as he loves to help players reach their full potential. 

Tennis Director Nigel Long said. “We would like to welcome our new coaches  Jane, Jamie and Julia to the team.  They have a great tennis pedigree and we are more than delighted that they have decided to join Totally Tennis in 2019.”

He added, “Jordan, Jamie and Ben have decided to move on with their careers elsewhere and we wish them all the best in their new ventures.”

Happy New Year !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodbye Jordan

Today we waved a fond farewell to coach Jordan Frederick who leaves to take up a new coaching position in Bath after he returns from a month long trip visiting former Totally Tennis performance player Dean Cooper Kirby in Florida.

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Frederick joined the coaching team on a part-time basis back in 2014, coaching at the indoor centre just doing two days a week alongside his role as Head Coach at a club in Dorchester. He made the move to coach full-time at Totally Tennis in February 2016 and now heads to the University of Bath where he will be coaching on the LPDC (Local Performance Development Centre) and the RPDC (Regional Performance Development Centre) teams. Once he has completed his LTA Level 4 senior performance coach qualification he will be named as Head of Performance for the 11 and under players.

Commenting on his time at Totally Tennis Frederick said, “I have really enjoyed my time at the club, everyone that I have ever worked with has been amazing from my colleagues on court to the receptionists, but the most enjoyable part of my journey has been the players and parents I have worked with who have all been amazing and great fun.”

“I‘ve enjoyed every moment and I’d just like to say a special thank you to the players that I have worked with week in, week out, you’ve all played a massive part in my career and we have all made big friendships along the way.” he added, “I will truly miss them all, and will never forget my time at Totally Tennis, I hope to see many of them at future tournaments.”

Frederick will now fly to Naples in Florida to meet up with Cooper Kirby at the Gomez Tennis Academy. He said, ” I am looking forward to spending time at the academy, not only will it be a nice to see how a former player is getting on but also a really great learning experience for myself to see how they manage and coach players abroad.

Good luck Jordan!

 

U9’s Team are Hampshire Division 1 Champions

The Totally Tennis 9 and under Team Tennis squad were crowned Division 1 Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018 Mixed champions at the county tournament played in Portsmouth over the weekend. The boys beat all the four other teams, from Portsmouth Tennis Academy, Winchester Racquets and Fitness, Kingsley and Elite Tennis from David Lloyd Southampton, without dropping a single match.

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Hayden Cummings, Nikesh Bomma and twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar travelled to Portsmouth Tennis Centre with coach Jamie Jordan and played some fantastic tennis to whitewash all their opponents 12 -0 and be declared the Division 1 league champions.

Cummings was number one seed, Gevin and Guhan number two and three respectively and Bomma, who was playing in his first ever tournament in this country after moving to the UK from India last September, was fourth seed.

Jordan said, “The boys were great representatives of Totally Tennis and played some amazing tennis, they made me and the club very proud.”

Congratulations boys 😉

Photo used with courtesy of JamieJordanTennis

 

 

 

 

 

Tennis Tips | 2. Using the Left Hand on the Backhand Volley

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 2: Using the Left Hand on the Backhand Volley

Keep your left hand on the racket for longer when preparing for a backhand volley. This will stop you from taking the racket too far back so it will help you get a better contact point out in front of you.

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Wrong –  The left hand has gone behind
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Correct –  The left hand is supporting the racket and staying out in front

Read the first Tennis Tip | 1 here