Challenges and Games to try at Home

If you need some inspiration to keep the family occupied while in self-isolation check out the #AtHomeWithTheHignetts series on our Facebook page with some challenges and fun games demonstrated by our very own brother and sister duo performance players and coaches Liam & Isla Hignett – click HERE to see more.

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The challenges and games can be  performed at home, some solo and others with a member of your household. You just need rackets and a ball (plus a wall for the solo exercises). Got a mini tennis net? Set up a makeshift court in the garden and keep practising you shots.

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Feeling lethagic and lacking motivation? There’s lots of challenges on our Facebook page to keep you entertained and active. Check out the TikTok made by some of our performances players and our team attempting some fun tennis challenges. Join in with the professional players like Liam and Isla completing Andy Murray’s 100 volley challenge and Roger Federer’s volley drill against a wall like coach Dom. Can you beat Head coach James 30 second racket game? Visit our Facebook page HERE to see all the videos.

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Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you back on court soon.

March in Pictures | 2020

IMG_6999Performance player Hayden Cummings was runner-up in the Grade 4 South West Winter County Tour 14 & U Boys Singles held at Hale Gardens.

image0-2Former Totally Tennis performance player and Sherfield School Tennis scholar Dean Kirby Cooper (right) competed in his first grade 4 ITF doubles event in Tampico, Mexico.

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) boys tennis team enjoyed their first outdoor training session of the season

75baaedb-bb92-4149-a0d3-63288c4d49e1Head Coach James McIntosh will be running the (now postponed) London Marathon and held ‘The Macca’ adult tournament to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK

AAD852A9-752B-42FD-82FC-7E4D8ABECDB7Coach Dom joined the team at Hampshire Court Spa & Leisure ‘Fitness Fanatic 3’ event to raise money for Sport Relief

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IMG_7585Siblings Liam and Isla Hignett are offering a series of self-isolation tennis exercises here on the blog to keep everyone active during the Coronavirus outbreak

At Home with The Hignetts | Self-Isolation Tennis Training Exercises

We asked performance players and coaches Liam and Isla Hignett to give us some tennis training exercises that can be practiced at home, either indoors or in the garden, to keep everyone active over this period of enforced self-isolation.

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The first series of six exercises, that can be performed alone or with a sibling/parent, include the following (demonstration videos will be published on our social media over the coming days). There will also be a series of fun games.

We would love to see your videos of you trying the exercises. Let us know what you are doing to get fit and active.

Thank you Liam and Isla for helping us to keep motivated at this challenging time 😉

Coach Dom Gets Involved with Sport Relief

Coach Dom joined the team at Hampshire Court Spa & Leisure Sport Relief for their efforts to raise money for Sport Relief.

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The club’s Fitness Fiasco 3 event took place on Friday 13th March along with a charity bake sale. Sessions, which took place from 6am to the evening, included bootcamps, combat, spin, aqua sessions, yoga, dance, volleyball, zumba along with the tennis session with Dom.

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Sport Relief was created to harness the power of sport and raise money to help people who need it the most in the UK and around the world. Charities such as mental health, child poverty, domestic abuse and helping people have a safe place to live all benefit from the money raised. Since the last Sport Relief in 2018, £82 million has been invested to support people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and around the world.

Read more about Sport Relief HERE

 

 

QMC in Training For National Cup

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) boys tennis team enjoyed their first outdoor training session in preparation for their first National Cup match. The team, that includes Totally Tennis performance player Harry Feast, train weekly at the club.

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The boys have a bye in the first round and will face the winners of Canford School vs. Portsmouth Grammar School in the second round.

 

February in Pictures | 2020

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It was Bring A Buddy week for the development squad players (pictured above & below)

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IMG_6833Tennis 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

IMG_6525Lots of junior players enjoyed the February Half Term Tennis Camps

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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

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IMG_6997Liam and Isla Hignett both received funding and gym scholarships at the Basingstoke Sports Awards 2020

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Performance player Aaron Dawson was part of the Hampshire & IOW team

Runner-up medal for Cummings at Hale Gardens

Performance player Hayden Cummings was runner-up in the Grade 4 South West Winter County Tour 14 & U Boys Singles held at Hale Gardens on 1st March.

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In the quarters Cummings beat William Addleton 4-1, 4-0 followed by Oliver Hopper in the semis 1-4, 4-3(7), [10-3]. In the final he lost to Olivier Paris 4-2, 4-2 to finish in second place.

In the recent Oxstalls SP Winter Regional Tour, Cummings finished fifth in the 12 & under Boys singles. In the first round he defeated Ethan Scott 6-1, 6-1 but lost in the quarters against Sebastian Griffiths 6-4, 6-1. In the first play-off match Cummings beat Harrison Vickery 1-6, 6-4, [10-8] and in the second Felix Mihaylov 6-3, 6-2.

Easter Tennis Camps | 2020

Do you want your child to burn off some energy and have a fantastic time this Easter Holiday? For a healthy and challenging experience try our Tennis Camps that give junior players the opportunity to improve their skills, fitness and make new friends while having lots of fun. The scheme has OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by our experienced Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualified and licensed coaches.

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Packed with opportunities to learn and play tennis the sessions at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park will be running from Monday 6th to Thursday 9th April and from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th April. Sessions are available as morning, afternoon (excludes Friday) options and there are also both two and five-day packages for children aged from four years old (children must be 5 and over to stay for the full day). Mornings will be tennis orientated while the afternoon sessions also include multi-sports, all players are invited to join in the Easter fun and find all the hidden eggs.

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Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities (layers when cold, sunscreen and a hat when hot) and need to bring a packed lunch and drinks, 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 Camp programme please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, email tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

Bring A Buddy Week | February 2020

It was Bring a Buddy week at Totally Tennis last week where junior development players were invited to ask siblings and friends to join in their session.

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Head coach James McIntosh said, “It was great to see some of our squad players bring along their friends or siblings to join in with their session, especially those that hasn’t played tennis before. We look forward to doing another Bring a Buddy week next term.” 

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Look out for the Bring A Buddy week next term 😉

 

January in Pictures | 2020

IMG_5393Head coach James McIntosh announced he was running the 2020 London Marathon for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his late father

IMG_5662Performance player and assistant coach Harry Feast got to the semi-final stage of the South West Winter County Tour held at the indoor centre

9e9264e0-2066-47bf-9e8e-9d9e9ec54b11Head coach James McIntosh delivered a free coaching session at Chineham Shopping centre in conjunction with The Hampshire Court’s Let’s Get Active campaign307f7891-4cbe-40c0-a66d-e3457cd6664c6b01c953-b8e8-489c-a555-0ae4a70c1423Performance player and coach Liam Hignett played in the LTA British Tour event in Stirling, Scotland

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