Try a FREE Tennis Tots session

Tennis Tots, the fun sessions for three and four year olds, will restart after Easter for all the younger members of the family to get involved with learning co-ordination, balance and agility skills. The sessions will run with coach Jamie for 5 weeks from Tuesday 23rd April to Tuesday 21st May 2019 at a cost of £25 per child.

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Tuesday 2nd April from 11:15pm – 12 noon

At Totally Tennis we believe in tapping into a child’s potential from an early age which can prove invaluable in later life. Early development of agility, balance, co-ordination and speed is essential if a child is to develop their full athletic potential. Tennis Tots is a fun session focusing on these skills through play and games which help to build confidence and social skills for any pre-schooler.

The sessions are not just tennis specific but does teach basic skills along with hand-to-eye coordination and sending and receiving skills. No equipment is required and parents are expected to join in the fun.

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For more information and to book your place telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, visit our website http://www.totally tennis.co.uk or e-mail tt@totally tennis.co.uk

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February In Pictures

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IMG_3620The QMC boys team beat Bedales School at the indoor centre

5a0b2bd9-b437-43ae-a188-86c984d76143Sherfield Tennis Scholar Aaron Dawson (pictured far right) won the Boys 18 & U Doubles with Partner Alexandria at the South West Winter County Tour held by Liam Hignett at TT

LOVE was in the air on court

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Winners and fair play medals for Harry Dolman and runners-up trophy with partner Riley Webb in half term tournaments

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Matchplay during the Adults Mixed Morning session

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Hignett Competes in Corby

Totally Tennis coach and performance player Liam Hignett competed in the Mens singles at the British Tour Corby held at Corby Tennis Centre in Northamptonshire.

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Hignett competed in the main draw and was up against sixth seed Lamar Bartley in his first match which he lost 7-6(4), 6-4. His next event is the British Tour Loughborough at the beginning of March.

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) British Tour 2019* provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit.

Good luck Liam

*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour

 

Hignett Gains LTA Level 3 Coaching Qualification

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett  has passed his Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Level 3 Coaching Qualification.

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Current Hampshire & IOW County Championships Men’s champion, Hignett will be sharing his experience and expertise with players in the junior and adult programmes. He also offers private lessons as well as hitting sessions for performance players looking for that extra practice.

Hignett started playing at Totally Tennis from the age of ten in the junior performance squads and has gone on to win many titles as a junior and in then in the men’s competitions in both singles and doubles. He played at Wimbledon after winning the HSBC Road to Wimbledon county title and has represented Hampshire & IOW in various County Cup matches across several different age groups. He gained a tennis scholarship to Sherfield School via the club’s ongoing partnership with the school and won more titles with the school team.

He has been a volunteer coach at the club for several years and previously passed both his LTA Level 1 and 2 coaching awards. He has gained plenty of experience coaching juniors, adults and some of the performance players under the mentoring scheme working with all the coaches at the indoor centre. He has learnt many new skills as part of his level 3 course including how to coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals, understanding the basics of business management, the competitive structure in the UK and working with level 1 and 2 coaching assistants. Alongside the four modules Hignett undertook coaching experience with a mentor, compiled a portfolio and passed his final on court practical coaching assessment.

Hignett said, “I’m happy to have passed my level 3 course and looking forward to continuing to develop as a coach. I’m thankful to the coaches who have been giving me advice and pointers on how I can improve and also to tutors Nigel Long and Guy Leverton for a great course and for helping me to pass.”

Tennis Director Nigel Long said, ‘Unlike many other coaches having played to such a high level will really benefit Liam’s career as well as our players as he can now share all his playing experiences and tactical and technical knowledge. “

Hignett has also completed the LTA referee development course that enables him to run events at the club such as the recent LTA South West County Tour series. He will be running South West Winter County Tour series at Totally Tennis until March for juniors aged from eight to eighteen – to find out more about the tournaments and to enter visit www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/

For more information about individual lessons with Hignett contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or Hignett himself via Instagram and Facebook

Congratulations Liam! 😉

February Half Term Tennis Camps | 2019

Let your children escape the cold weather this February Half Term and play under cover at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre. The popular Tennis and Multi Sport Camps are a healthy alternative for your children to have fun in the school holidays while burning off some energy, making friends and learning a new sport.

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Running at the Indoor Centre in War Memorial Park from 18th – 22nd February sessions can be booked as morning, afternoon or full day options (discounted two-day packages are also available). Tennis camps give children plenty of opportunity to keep active and the camps are not only tennis orientated, although that is the main focus, but combine a variety of sports so there really is something for everyone (morning sessions tennis only, afternoon sessions tennis & multi-sport).

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Tennis camps are great fun and include lots of games and mini-competitions for both new and experienced players for children aged 4 – 16 years in a safe environment with fully qualified, licensed and experienced Lawn Tennis Association coaches.

Session Timings

Morning ~ 9am – 12 noon (Tennis)

Afternoon ~ 1pm – 4pm (Tennis & Multi Sports)

Full Day ~ 9am – 4pm (children must be 5 years and over to stay all day)

Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities and the February weather (lots of layers if chilly), bring plenty of drinks and a packed lunch if staying all day. Children will be supervised throughout the day, including lunch breaks. Rackets will be provided for those who need one. Please note refunds will only be given with 24 hours notice and sessions need a minimum number of participants in order to take place. As a result of a cancellation by Totally Tennis an alternative will be offered.

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For more information about the Tennis Camps please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, email tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

How To Make Sure 2019 Is YOUR Year

January, traditionally the month of new beginnings and fresh starts. How many times have you heard (or even said), My new years resolution is to Lose weight” oGet to the gym a minimum of 4 times a week.”

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Words we hear every January, empty promises that usually always end with the same outcome. By the time February comes around, most people have forgotten their new years resolutions. So how can we make sure that’s not you in 2019?

If you are successfully going to get thinner or fitter this year, whichever your goal – You must ENJOY the journey you embark on. You need to be able to see yourself sticking to it for the whole year, rain or shine  

How can I enjoy losing weight, or exercising more I hear you ask…?

Solution 1: Struggle to lose weight, or stick to a diet?

Join the next 8-week (fully online) Lean Bean Course run by our very own coach Steph Catlin from Food Is Life. The Lean Bean course is a nutrition based weight/fat loss course designed to empower you, via science-based education, to lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life.

Follow Steph on Facebook and Instagram or visit www.foodislifeuk.com

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Solution 2: Don’t like the gym, or find them intimidating?

Join a sports club. A sports club that places high values on a community environment Learn a new skill, make new friends and achieve the same fitness levels as you would if you spent an hour on the treadmill at your local gin (I mean gym)

Your local tennis club is the perfect place to start and Totally Tennis has sessions available for Juniors and adults of all ages and abilities – there’s even a new adult beginner’s course starting on Saturday mornings in February. For more information telephone 01256 358816 or visit www.totallytennis.co.uk 

January is the month with the highest motivation and the biggest failure rate. Every day you have a chance to rewrite your story. Let’s make 2019 your year. 

Follow Totally Tennis on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Read all the previous Sports and Nutrition posts from Steph HERE

 

 

 

 

 

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 !