Summer Tennis Camps 2019

With the long school summer holidays fast approaching it’s time to think about how to entertain your children in a fun yet active way. Totally Tennis has the perfect solution for parents looking to keep their children fit and healthy and burn off some of their energy.

The club will be running its popular Tennis and Multi-sport Camps at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park. The camps are a great way for juniors to improve their sports skills, fitness and make new friends. With indoor and outdoor courts available the fun continues whatever the British ‘summer’ weather has in store.

*Sessions booked by 10th July will avail of 10% discount with the early booking offer*

img_8394.jpgPacked with opportunities to learn and play tennis, weekly afternoon activities also include basketball, football, rounders, hockey combined with lots of fun and games. The scheme has received OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by DBS checked and experienced LTA qualified and fully licensed coaches. Sessions will be available from Wednesday 24th July – Friday 30th August.

0.jpegSessions can be booked for the Morning (9.00am – 12 noon), Afternoon (1.00pm –4.00pm) or Full Day* (9.00am – 4.00pm) and children can be dropped off from 8:30am. Please see booking conditions and sessions prices below including details of the special two and full week package offers.

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Children need to bring packed lunches and drinks and be dressed appropriately for the weather (suncream if sunny, warm clothing if it’s cold) as they may be playing inside and outside.

*Children must be aged 5 years or over to stay for the whole day. Please note refunds will only be given with 72 hours notice. Those coming for a full day will be supervised during the lunch break and rackets will be provided for those who don’t have one. All children must be signed in and out at reception. Please ensure any medication/inhalers is readily available and staff have been informed prior to leaving the child/children.

Photos make be taken for use on this blog and our social media sites, if you object to your child/children’s images being used please inform reception.

For more information about Summer Holiday Tennis Camps and to book places please telephone the office on 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytenns.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

 

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Totally Tennis Schools Roadshow 2019

This week the coaches are out and about visiting local schools as part of this year’s Totally Tennis Schools Roadshow. Coaches will deliver fun and engaging thirty-minute tennis taster sessions to give as many pupils as possible an introduction to mini tennis. Each child who attends a session will receive an certificate of participation and an invitation to attend a FREE fun open day at the club on Saturday 15th June from 1:00pm – 3:00pm where they can practice their new skills on real tennis courts.

The schools involved this year are Great Binfields Primary, Manorfield, Kempshott Juniors, Sherborne St John, Winklebury Infants, Winklebury Juniors, Fairfields
and North Waltham.

The tennis roadshow is an amazing opportunity for local schools to give their pupils a chance to try tennis during the school day on specially set up mini tennis courts using smaller rackets and lower bouncing balls.

IMG_8129Children who attend the fun open day will be invited to join our junior squad programme. For more information about the junior squad programme telephone 01256 358816or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website here and read all our latest news on our blog here

Doubles Win at Woking For Isla and Tillie

Performance players Isla Hignett and Tillie Reid won the 18 and under Girls Doubles title at the Woking Whitsun FAST4 Tournament held at Woking Tennis Club during half term.

After a bye in the quarters, the Totally Tennis duo beat Olivia Falkner and Nancy Jenkins in the semis 4-1, 1-4, 10-2 and went on to win the final defeating Sophie Thompson and Isabella Calvert 4-2, 4-0.

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The girls also both competed in the 18 and under Girls singles event with Hignett finishing as runner-up. She had a bye in the first round and then beat Talitha Mitchell in three sets 2-4, 4-1, 10-7 in the quarters, Thompson in the semis 4-1, 4-2 and then lost in the final against Isabelle Barfoot 3-4(3), 4-1, 7-10 to finish in second place overall. Reid was 6th after losing in the quarters to Eloise Bancilhon 4-0, 4-0 she beat Nina Williams in the playoff matches 4-1, 4-3(0) but then lost to Talitha Mitchell 4-1, 4-3(1).

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Congratulations girls 😉

 

May Half Term Tennis Camps 2019

Looking for healthy alternative for your children in the May Half Term break? Want your children to have fun and learn a new sport in school holidays? Then Totally Tennis has just the answer ……….

Children can keep active whilst having lots of fun and learn a new sport in the school holidays with the clubs popular Tennis and Multi Sport Camps that will be running at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre in the War Memorial Park (9am – 4.00pm) from Tuesday 28th until Friday 31st May with morning and afternoon sessions as well as full-day options.

The scheme has OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by our experienced Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualified and licensed coaches. Sessions at both venues will include tennis and multi-sports activities. Children must be 5 and over to stay for the full day. Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities and need to bring a packed lunch, drinks and wear sunscreen if the weather is good. Children will be supervised throughout the day, including lunch breaks and swimming sessions.

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.

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

Cummings Wins Cardiff Tournament

Totally Tennis mini performance player Hayden Cummings has been competing in some tournaments over the past couple of months. At the beginning of this month he won the 10 & under Grade 3 Cardiff Mini Tennis tournament held at David Lloyd Club Cardiff in South Glamorgan. In the first round he beat Tom Bewley 5-3, 4-1, Nathan Shore in the quarters 4-0, 4-0 and then Matthew Mclain in the semis 5-4, 1-4, 10-8. In the final he defeated Edward Bennett 4-0, 4-1 to win the event.

567d1626-b875-4af5-a31f-6572338f78ab.jpgLast month he competed in both the 10 & under singles and doubles at the Sutton Tennis Academy Easter Grade 2 Tournament.  In the doubles, Cummings and partner Tuna Lokman were runners-up after losing in the final against Rhys Lawlor and Jacob Cairncross 5-3, 4-0. In the quarters they beat Harry Cornhill and Conrad Plum 5-4(10), 4-1 followed by Nathaniel De Mariveles and Pavana Nrshinga in the semis 4-1, 4-2. In the singles event he competed in the qualifying stages in Group F but did not progress to the main draw after losing to both Jacob Cairncross and Alexander Farmanbar.

a1023167-1056-424f-81f2-c8ad7f719fdfHe also finished third at the Finchley Manor Junior Open Tournament in Middlesex after wining the third/fourth place playoff match against Charlie Ripp 4-0, 4-1. After a bye in the first round he beat Giorgio Giliberti 4-2, 4-1 before losing in the semis in a three-set battle against Denzell Darkey 2-4, 5-4(3), 1-0(4).

Head coach James McIntosh said, “Hayden has continued to progress in his lessons to improve his game and his hard work has paid off by qualifying for the National Grade 2 event and winning the Grade 3 tournament in Cardiff.” he added  “Well done Hayden, keep up the good work.”

Cummings will be representing Hampshire in the 10 & under County Cup at the end of May.

April In Pictures

img_5954.jpgPerformance player Dean Cooper Kirby training at the Gomez Tennis Academy in Florida  (above) and training for his ITF event in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean (below)IMG_6351

a7cfdd2a-04c7-492a-bf55-72b054d6ccc0Pirates and Indians squads with coach Liam and assistants

f59c7eb2-0e79-49b3-a8f3-73f26799d79a.jpgOur coaching and admin teams brushed up on their First Aid skills

IMG_6309Performance player and coach Liam Hignett won the Solent Cup with his teammates from Warsash Tennis Club3e489c1f-c22a-4837-8693-263d2149dce2.jpgSpring has sprung! Head Coach James McIntosh on the outdoor courts during one of our adult morning sessions

30DF8A73-313E-48AA-9DF7-85BF17F2DD53Coach Jamie on court with the Tennis Tots at the taster session

Easter Tennis Camp fun

16E92766-0A0B-40F1-B5CB-C7C36DEF8B5EKevin Karjalainen won two runner-up trophies in Easter holiday tournaments

e189241f-e42d-4042-b543-8a52b9596664Junior players and parents took play in the family tennis event The Quorn™ Family Cup 2019 which was won by father and son Ben and Hayden Cummings (below)

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Meet Our Coaches – Did you read Liam, Jamie, Steph and Julia’s coach profiles this month?

Meet Our Coaches: Julia Moore

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Coach Profile: Julia Moore

Coaching Qualification?  Level 3, Accredited + coach

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

I was 11 which is a bit late for juniors 

How were you introduced to the sport?

My mum and dad used to play and have me sat at the side when I was very young but eventually I bugged them to let me try. They gave me a very old large wooden racket which was far too big!! No such thing as mini tennis when I started. I taught myself by hitting against a wall. Once I started hitting with my family, my dad used to rush the net after the first shot of every rally. He’s 6’1 so that was quite fun for a kid! Once I started beating him, I tried out for a club scholarship which I got and went on from there.

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

Nigel taught me on my level 3 course and so I know that I’ll continue to develop as a coach with him. I also did some research and knew that Totally Tennis offered a good programme for all sorts of different standards of players and ages. The coaching is well respected in tennis circles – put simply, it’s a proper tennis club and programme.

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Dominika Cibulkova because she’s quite short for a tennis player yet she’s a force to be reckoned with on court. It’s all to do with her athleticism and attitude. She’s got one of the best fighting attitudes out there, in my opinion, plus she makes sure to enjoy her life outside of tennis. I think mental attitude and life balance is sometimes neglected in professional tennis and I think it can help someone have longevity in the game. Her go-getting attitude is very similar to Rafa Nadal who I love too.

Years ago, my favourites were Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi because of their huge groundstrokes, especially forehands! She was always classy on court and treated everyone with respect, while obviously being a hugely competitive player. Andre Agassi likewise; his autobiography is one of the best tennis books I’ve read and such a good story that I even recommend it to people who don’t play tennis.

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I love it when someone suddenly understands something and then they can do it. I also really like it when I can help a good player become better when they realise how important mental toughness is.

How often do you coach?

About 4-5 days a week

Do you play any other sport?

Golf and sometimes skiing

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

I’ve got two – one personal and one due to someone else’s achievement. Firstly, I’m glad I started playing competitively again about four years ago and eventually, I won my first ITF seniors tournament last year. Secondly, I’m so proud of a young girl I sometimes hit with who is a top junior in Britain and has just flown off to play a round of international ITF tournaments – she’s not only talented and ambitious but a kind girl.