Totally Tennis Hampshire Court News

The Totally Tennis Hampshire Court coaching team, who run weekly sessions at Old Basing Tennis Club and an after school club St Mary’s Junior School in the village, were part of last weekend’s annual Old Basing Carnival. Free mini tennis sessions for juniors and adults were offered encouraging lots of of people of all ages to get on court and try tennis.

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In other news, the coaching team are running a summer term exclusive at Hampshire Court for junior players. For the remaining six weeks of the summer term players can play for just £30.00. Spaces are limited so be sure to book quickly – once they are gone, they are gone!

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Adults players aren’t forgotten either with all new players offered a FREE session. Whether you are planning on returning to tennis or are a keen regular tennis player, it’s time to dust off your racket as we have something for everyone every day of the week!

As if that wasn’t enough it’s also competition Time! Like and share the Totally Tennis Hampshire Court Facebook page with your friends and be automatically entered into a free prize draw to WIN a racket bag! Competition closes on Sunday 25th June!

To find out more information call Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or e-mail shyam.vithlani@totallytennis.co.uk

U10 Team Win the Aegon Team Tennis League

The Totally Tennis U10 team have won the Aegon Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2017 10&U Mixed Division league. The team of Oliver Alemany, Eddie Lakatos, Daniel Ward, Ollie Steer and Faith Tompkins were up against teams from David Lloyd Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth Tennis Academy.
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They won their first match against David Lloyd Southampton 8-4 with Alemany, Lakatos and Ward all winning their singles to be 3-1 up and then Alemany/Lakatos securing overall victory by winning their doubles match 4-2, 4-2. Unfortunately Winchester then withdrew from the division so the deciding fixture was against Portsmouth Tennis Academy who had already beaten David Lloyd Southampton.
 In the fixture against Portsmouth Alemany and Lakatos both won their singles matches 4-0, 4-1 and Steer won 4-0, 4-0. In the doubles Tompkins/Steer won their three set match 4-2, 0-4, 1-0 to secure another 8 – 4 victory and win the league.
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Head coach James Macintosh said, “Well Done to Oliver, Eddie Lakatos, Ward, Ollie and Tompkins who were all part of the team that won the division. It’s a fantastic achievement for all the players and we hope to continue to have more success in future team tennis events.
Congratulations to all the team!

Hignett Wins HSBC Road to Wimbledon Club Event

Five girls competed in this year’s Totally Tennis HSBC Road to Wimbledon (U14) club event which was won by Isla Hignett with Tillie Reid finishing as runner-up. Hignett won all her matches beating Reid 4-1, 4-0, Amberly Chapman 4-0, 4-0, Atinuke Adelakun 4-0, 4-0 and Kirsty Da Silva 4-0, 4-0. Reid beat Da Silva 4-0, 5-3 and both Adelakun and Chapman 4-0, 4-0. Hignett will now play in the county finals which will take place over the weekend of 15th & 16th July at Canoe Lakes in Southsea. Reid will have to wait and see if she makes the final as one of the lucky runners-up.

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Head Coach James Macintosh said “Congratulations to Isla who has managed to qualify for the county event for the second year running.” he added, “Also well done to Tillie who was the runner up this year and hopefully she will get the opportunity to take part in the county finals for the first time“.

The two winners (boy and girl) of each County Final will be invited to play at Wimbledon from 14th – 19th August in the National Finals (an additional four lucky losers from the County Finals will also be invited to the National Finals). Hignett will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of her former Totally Tennis players and her older brother Liam who played at the National Finals in 2014.

The HSBC Road to Wimbledon is the biggest junior tournament in British tennis and gives all 14U players the opportunity to progress through to compete on the world famous grass courts at Wimbledon. Local clubs, parks and schools are encouraged to enter and stage a tournament for their members/pupils rated between 10.2 and 7.1. For stronger rated players (6.2 or higher) there is the HSBC Road to Wimbledon International event which players can enter directly.

Congratulations Isla and Good Luck in the County Finals next month 🙂

From the archives

Isla Wins HSBC Road To Wimbledon Club Tournament and Hignett On Road to Wimbledon

Tennis Foundation Primary Schools Roadshow

The Tennis Foundation, in conjunction with Totally Tennis, are visiting ten schools in Basingstoke this week to see over 1000 key stage 1 children and introduce them to playing tennis in fun short sessions. The week long roadshow will culminate in two FREE Tennis Open Days at the Indoor Centre this coming weekend (17th & 18th June – details below).

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The schools that will be visited this week are:

Monday 12th  June – St Marks and Chalk Ridge

Tuesday 13th June – Great Binfields and North Waltham

Wednesday 14th June – Castle Hill and Silchester

Thursday 15th June – Winklebury and Hatch Warren Infants

Friday 16th  June –  St Johns and St Bedes

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Totally Tennis’ director Nigel Long said “This is an amazing opportunity for local children to try tennis at their respective schools and then visit the club to practice what they have learnt on real tennis courts.”

We have a fantastic mini tennis programme for junior players from the age of four. We hope to see lots of players signing up to play regularly in our Pirates, Indians, Dodgers and Giants squads and start enjoying a fun new activity.”

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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

For more information about the Schools Tennis Roadshow and the FREE sessions this weekend at Totally Tennis’ Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park 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

FREE She Rallies ‘Lil Miss Hits’ Workshop – 4th June 2017

After the success of the first FREE She Rallies course held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre yesterday (photo below) it’s now time to sign up for the second workshop, Lil Miss Hits, that will take place this Sunday (4th June).

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Lil Miss Hits

Date:     Sunday 4th June 2017

Time:     10:00am – 1:00pm

Lil Miss Hits is designed to introduce girls aged 5-8 years to starter tennis in a fun environment. The sessions will develop the skills needed to play tennis and a group of friends to play with. It’s a non-technical course so you don’t need to be a qualified coach to deliver it. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is full of simple skill building activities and games. Perfect for teachers, students, mums, sports leaders, community workers and club members. Lil Miss-Hits makes starter tennis delivery simple and fun.

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To book onto these free courses please visit sherallies.com/get-involved/

Read more about She Rallies here and for more information please contact Sarah Rutherford by e-mail info@hampshireiowlta.uk or telephone 07850 862929.

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FREE She Rallies Courses at Totally Tennis

She Ralliesthe initiative to encourage women and girls to get involved in tennis was launched earlier this year by Judy Murray, mother of top British players Andy and Jamie. Two FREE She Rallies workshops, supported by the Lawn Tennis Association, will be running at Totally Tennis’ Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke.

Fun Day

Date:     Tuesday 30th May 2017

Time:     10:00am – 1:00pm

The Fun Day course will give attendees a whole range of ideas for running sessions aimed at whatever age and stage is targeted, beginners, improvers and advanced players of all ages from U10 to 60+ . Participants will be shown how to run drop in sessions for new starts or old hands, bring a friend days, mums and daughters days, themed days…using whatever space, time and equipment that is available. These days are great for bringing girls of any age together.

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Lil Miss Hits

Date:     Sunday 4th June 2017

Time:     10:00am – 1:00pm

Lil Miss Hits is designed to introduce girls aged 5-8 years to starter tennis in a fun environment. The sessions will develop the skills needed to play tennis and a group of friends to play with. It’s a non-technical course so you don’t need to be a qualified coach to deliver it. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is full of simple skill building activities and games. Perfect for teachers, students, mums, sports leaders, community workers and club members. Lil Miss-Hits makes starter tennis delivery simple and fun.

To book onto these free courses please visit sherallies.com/get-involved/

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Read more about She Rallies here and for more information please contact Sarah Rutherford by e-mail info@hampshireiowlta.uk or telephone 07850 862929.

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Photos used with courtesy of bbc.com/sport and sherallies.com

 

 

Catlin Joins The Totally Tennis Coaching Team

Former Totally Tennis Performance player Stephanie Catlin has joined the Totally Tennis coaching team. Catlin who has a Sports and Exercise Science and Communication degree will be available for coaching every Thursday at the indoor centre.

After completing her studies at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) as of part of a four tennis scholarship Catlin returned to the UK and studied for her Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University. She started playing at the club from a young age first in junior squads before quickly progressing into the performance programme, she played as part of the successful Brighton Hill Community College tennis team and also represented Queen Marys College in the Ladies and Mixed teams.

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During her time at the club she achieved many great things including winning many singles and doubles titles, represented Hampshire in various county team events, including winning the county Road to Wimbledon singles title and going on to represent the club and county at Wimbledon in the Nationals finals. Along with doubles partner and now fellow coach Ben Jubin, she was part of the victorious QMC team that won the Senior Schools National Mixed Doubles Championships. While at university in America she captained the UNC Bears Women’s Tennis team in her senior year and was a key member of the women’s Oxford Brookes university 1st team that won the BUCS Midland league.

Catlin brings her extensive playing and match experience as well as her fitness and nutrition knowledge to the club, we sat down with Steph and asked her a few questions about her tennis career and her return to Totally Tennis as a coach……

When did you start playing tennis and where?

At the grand old age of 8, at Totally Tennis… little did I know it would become my childhood’s second home  

What’s your greatest tennis achievement so far?

Obtaining a 4-year tennis scholarship to a Division 1 University in the USA. It still makes my heart skip a beat talking about it 3 years on, because it was the most incredible, fun, life changing experience. If you ever wonder what it feels like to be treated like royalty, just go to the USA on a tennis scholarship

What do you enjoy most about the sport?

Playing doubles. The passion and intensity during a game of doubles is a completely different vibe to singles. If and when you find a partner that you just ‘click’ with on court, it’s a beautiful form of art. I was lucky enough to experience that in my tennis career!

Who inspired you most in the game? 

Serena Williams, without a doubt, On court she somehow makes top players in the world look like semi-pros. Off court she is an excellent role model with not only a great personality, but has a great attitude towards life. Her passion and drive to achieve greatness regardless of all the haters out there is very inspiring to me.

How did you find the transition from player to coach?

Relatively easy to be honest, and there is one key reason for that. I grew up playing at TT with quality coaching. Being surrounded by that daily it was engrained into me from a young age how to work with players of all different ages, genders and abilities, and to be successful by treating each player as an individual.

What made you take up a career in sports nutrition?

When in the USA we would train twice a day, 6 or 7 days a week, depending on our match schedule. Along with that I completely dove into American eating habits, I ate A LOT of food!! I thought it was okay because of all the exercise I did. On my return to the UK I stopped exercising and cleaned up my diet… the positive impact it had on both my mind and body was insane! Since going though my own transformation, I couldn’t stop reading and researching anything and everything to do with food and nutrition. It sounds cheesy I know, but I look back now and I know nutrition and helping others was my calling in life!

What is your favourite part about being a nutritionist?

Of course I love helping people improve their body physically as that’s what most people come to me for. But for me as their nutrition coach, I love seeing improvements in other areas of their lives. Energy levels soar through the roof, improvements in sleep quality and a better handle on dealing with stress. Feeling physically stronger, better focus and productivity at work, and generally finding happiness and content from within. THAT is what good nutrition does, and that’s what it’s all about for me

What do you hope to achieve coaching at Totally Tennis?

I want to inspire. It’s about everyone working as a team and creating an environment that is motivating, hard working and of course, fun. I want to get more adults into playing tennis and I want to make sure the up and coming youngsters know of the fantastic opportunities out there for them in tennis. Genuinely, I hope to give something back to a sport that has moulded me into the person I am today!

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For coaching enquiries please contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, via email tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

For nutrition enquiries please contact Steph via her website www.foodislifeuk.com or on her social media FacebookTwitter and Instagram