Totally Tennis DS Sessions take place on Sunday mornings at the indoor centre
Performance player Hayden Cummings enjoyed some sunny clay court training at La Manga in Spain
Performance player and assistant coach Harry Feast got through the semi-finals of the AOC South East Regional Boys Singles competition representing QMC
Performance player and coach Liam Hignett represented Hampshire & IOW in the Men’s Winter County Cup
The November TT Tour Grand finals competitors. Winners Tobi Adeniran (Red) and Luca Dharwar (Orange) pictured below
Performance player and coach Liam Hignett has been invited to play in the LTA British Tour Master 2019 event at the National Tennis Centre in December
Performance players Harry Feast and Ollie Brown made it through the semi-finals of the AOC South East Regional Boys Doubles competition representing QMC
Head Coach James McIntosh and the Totally Tennis coaching team were out and about last week visiting local schools in the Basingstoke area giving pupils an exciting opportunity to try tennis. The mini tennis taster sessions were delivered in nine schools and over the five days the coaches saw 1,135 children in total at Great Binfields Primary, Manor Field, Kempshott Juniors, Sherborne St John, St. Mary’s Juniors, Winklebury Infants and Juniors, Fairfields and North Waltham.
Every child seen at the schools was presented with a certificate of participation and an invitation to attend a free Open Day that took place at the indoor centre on Saturday. Lots of children attended the fun two-hour open day session and got to put into practice what they have learnt at school on real tennis courts.
Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “Thanks to the whole TT team for all their hard work in making the Schools Roadshow and the open day such a success.” he added, “We are thrilled to have seen over a thousand children throughout the week and at the open day, I hope the events have encouraged them to take up our fabulous sport!!
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.
Children 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website here and read all our latest news on our blog here
The annual Primary Schools Tournament took place at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre last week. This year saw the highest number of entires for the event with a total of nine schools involved and some of them bringing three teams.
The tournament was split into four boxes of group matches where teams play each other and the top two teams from each box qualified for the quarter finals. Each team had four players and they all played a singles match with timed tie breaks.
The eight teams who made it through the quarter final stage were all three teams from Sherborne St John, St Johns 1 and 3, St Mary’s Primary 1 and 2 and Winklebury 2. The St Johns 1 team beat Sherborne 2, St Mary’s 1 beat Winklebury 2, Sherborne 1 defeated St Johns 3 and St Mary’s 2 beat Sherborne 3.
In the semis St Marys 1 defeated St Johns 3-1 and Sherborne 1 beat St Marys 2 4-0 and Sherborne were declared tournament winners after beating the St Mary’s 1 team 4-0.
Head coach James McIntosh said, “The final was a repeat from last year but This time it was the Sherborne team that came out top with each player winning their matches.” he added, “All of the players enjoyed competing for their respective school. The standard of the competition was good and there were some very close matches played throughout the day. Congratulations to the Sherborne team!”
Good luck to Sherborne team who will now go on to compete in the Hampshire Games taking place in June.
Totally Tennis has always been involved with supporting the local community as part of its ongoing Community Tennis Programme so were pleased to host the 2nd Silchester Brownie pack at the indoor centre recently.
Thirty-six girls visited the club after picking tennis as their new sport to try this term. The girls and their leaders enjoyed a fun on-court session with Head Coach James and assistant Loic learning the basics of tennis and playing tennis games.
McIntosh said, “The session was organised for the girls to experience a different sport. It went really well and the girls were all very enthusiastic. It was good to give the opportunity to those who had never played tennis before.”
It seems everyone had a great time and enjoyed the acidity with the girls declaring it fun and wanting to play again. Pack Leader Kirstie Jones said, ‘They had such a great time, the foam balls made it accessible to all in a very safe environment.”
If you are involved with a community group and want to book a tennis session or enquiry about our coaches visiting you as a junior activity or an adult team building session please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358815
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How were you introduced to the sport?
By my parents
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Greatest achievement so far
Winning a match