TENNIS FOUNDATION PRIMARY SCHOOLS ROADSHOW 2018

The Tennis Foundation, in conjunction with Totally Tennis, visited ten local schools in Basingstoke last week to give over 1000 key stage 1 children an introduction to tennis in fun short mini tennis sessions. The week long roadshow culminated in two Tennis Open Days at the Indoor Centre over the weekend where the children got to practice their new skills on real tennis courts with all the coaching staff.

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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. All the children involved were then invited to visit the club’s free Open Weekend to practice what they have learnt in three fun sessions.

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Totally Tennis has a very successful mini tennis programme for junior players from the age of four and all the children at the roadshow have been offered follow-on opportunities to play regularly at the club in the Pirates, Indians, Dodgers and Giants squads that make up the Junior Development programme. Mini tennis is not only fun but also helps young players to develop agility, balance and coordination skills and learn a sport that can be continued throughout their live.

Head coach James McIntosh said’ “Over the two days 200 children from all different schools around Basingstoke came down to the indoor centre for the open weekend.” He added, ” It was a great weekend with fun activities and it was good to see so many children trying tennis for the first time.”

The schools involved were Castle Hill (Rooksdown), Rucstall Primary, Castle Hill (Winlebury), Cliddesden Primary School, Great Binfields Primary, Sherborne St John, Winklebury, Manorfield Primary School, St Bedes and North Waltham Primary.

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 junior squad programme telephone 01256 358816 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website here and read all our latest news on our blog here

Thanks to coach Jamie for all the great photos (follow Jamie www.instagram.com/jamiejordantennis/)

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Tennis Tips | Tip 31: Attacking a Short Ball

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

Tip 31: Attacking a short ball

Try to take the ball early at the top of the bounce with your contact point higher. This will allow you to be more aggressive and give the opponent less time which will put them under more pressure.

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Wrong: Contact point is too low

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Correct: Contact point higher

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Win for Boys in Portsmouth

The Totally Tennis 10 and under Mixed team competed in their second match of the Hampshire & IOW Winter Junior League 2018 – 2019 against Portsmouth Tennis Academy today.

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The team of Hayden Cummings, Nikesh Bomer and twins Gevin and Guhan Chendhilkumar travelled to Portsmouth with coach Jamie Jordan. In the singles Nikesh won 4-0, 4-1 Gevin won 4-0, 4-0 Guhan lost 4-0, 4-1 and Hayden lost 4-0, 4-1 so the team had a 3-1 lead going into the doubles. Hayden and Guhan lost their match 4-1, 5-3 and Nikesh and Gevin won 4-0, 4-2 then in the shootout Nikesh and Hayden won 10-7 in singles to win the fixture.

Jordan said, “It’s amazing how the boys have become a team in a individual sport and all cheered and supported each other all the way through the competition.”

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Other teams competing in the league are David Lloyd Southampton A, David Lloyd Southampton B, Winchester Racquets and Fitness and Portsmouth Tennis Academy. Totally Tennis’ next match is home against Winchester Racquets & Fitness on 29th October.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Event 2018 | Macmillan Cancer Support

Totally Tennis held it’s annual World’s Biggest Coffee morning event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support alongside the clubs’ regular Mixed Morning session on Friday 26th September. Players enjoyed the drills and matchplay session followed by coffee and cakes, with the club raising just over £133 to contribute to the charity’s goal to meet its 2018 target. Coffee and cakes were served throughout the day for parents of squad players too.

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Head coach James McIntosh, who ran the session with Jordan Frederick said, “It was a great morning at Totally Tennis with everyone enjoying some cake after the session. Thank you to all of those who donated for such a great cause.”

The club has been a regular supporter of this annual event, raising money to donate to the charity which improves the lives of people and their families affected by cancer. Macmillan’s ongoing goal is to make sure no one faces cancer alone, providing medical, emotional, practical and financial support, as well as campaigning for better cancer care and giving the all important information to help those suffering and their carers.

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Totally Tennis’ Mixed Morning sessions, part of the club’s Adult Programme, provides a healthy mixture of coaching and social match play every Monday and Friday from 10.00am – 11.30am. For more information, please telephone 01256 358816 or visit our website www.totallytennis.co.uk

Tennis Tips | Tip 30: Hitting A Backhand Down The Line

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

Tip 30:  Hitting A Backhand Down The Line

When you hit your backhand down the line make sure you are sideways on and step into the court with your front foot, this will help you control the direction and get your weight transferring forward.

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Wrong: Not standing sideways on

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Correct: Sideways on ready to step forward and transfer weight in the direction of the ball

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Hignett Competes in ITF Futures Events

Performance player Liam Hignett, who is now coaching at the club during his gap year, is competing in a series of high profile and ITF (International Tennis Federation) pro-circuits tournaments across the country.

His first event at the beginning of the month was the LTA British Tour Paddington Open Mens Singles held at Paddington Sports Club. In the first round Hignett beat eighth seed Jack Gibbens 6-4, 6-4 followed by Jamie Caprice 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the quarters before losing in the semi finals against Sean Hodkin 6-2, 7-5.

He then starting competing in the ITF Futures events. His first event was the Great Britain F4 Futures event held at Nottingham Tennis Centre where he lost in the first round of singles qualifying draw against George Davies 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 7-5. The second tournament was the F5 Futures event held at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London where he lost to Jonathon Binding in the first round of the singles qualifying 6-3, 7-6(6). This coming week he will play in the F6 Futures tournament in Barnstaple at the Tarka Tennis Centre.

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Hignett, who is current Hampshire & IOW County Championships Men’s champion, will be coaching at Totally Tennis sharing his experience and expertise with both adult and junior players as well as offering private lessons and hitting sessions for performance players looking for that extra practice. He will also be studying for his LTA level 3 coach qualification and continuing to run competitions at the club.

Read more about Hignett’s gap year plans here 

Tennis Tips | Tip 29: Hitting A Low Volley

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

Tip 29: Hitting A Low Volley

When your opponent hits the ball low to your feet when at the net make sure you use a chopper grip and open up your racket face to hit the ball up.

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Wrong: Closed racket face

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Correct: Knees bent and racket face open

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