A sunny afternoon was the perfect setting for this years Great British Tennis Weekend (GBTW) event at Totally Tennis’ last Saturday, where approximately fifty people of all ages and abilities were welcomed to pick up a racket and play tennis for free on both the indoor and outdoor courts in the War Memorial Park.
Lots of families were on court enjoying the fun and games aided by the team of coaches. Young players enjoyed the free balloons, wristbands and face painting. Cakes, teas and ice creams were also sold at the community event.
Tennis Director Nigel Long said ”It was great to see so many new players as well as some of our regulars. We hope they enjoyed themselves and will return to join some sessions in our programme here at the indoor centre.”
The GBTW scheme is designed to get people outdoors and trying tennis for free this summer at various locations countrywide on three weekends 16th & 17th May, 13th & 14th June and 1st & 2nd August. Thousands of free events will be taking place across the country for the whole family and will offer players the chance to experience Highland Spring Mini Tennis, Cardio Tennis, coaching and relaxed free play visit www.clubspark.lta.org.uk for more information.
The annual Primary Schools Tournament took place at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre last month and lots of local school children participated in the event held at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre in the War Memorial Park, representing their respective schools.
Six teams competed in each of the three boxes in the tournament run by Head Coach James McIntosh. In Box 1 the winners were St Marys who had 289 points overall after beating Tadley 1 59 – 18, Rucstall 1 61- 19, Marnel 1 71- 16, Castle Hill 1 41-34 and Great Binfields 1 57- 25. Great Binfields were runners-up with 253 points. St Marys 2 won Box 2 also with 289 points beating Ructall 51 -29, Marnel 2 51 – 29, Castle Hill 42 – 37, Great Binfields 50 – 26 and Tadley 2 76 – 25. Runners Up were Castle Hill with 285 points. In the third box Sherborne St John were the winners with 260 points defeating St Marys 3 59 – 30, Rucstall 84 – 19, Marnel 67 – 14, Great Binfields 82 – 11 and Tadley 67 – 14. St Marys 3 finished as runners-up with 260 points.
The winners of each box went through to the semi final stage along with the best overall runner-up. Sherborne St John beat Castle Hill 64 – 17 and St Marys 1 defeated St Marys 2 48 – 35. In final the team from Sherborne St John beat St Marys 1 55 – 35 to win the event and be declared overall champions! Congratulations!
McIntosh said, “It was great to see so many teams compete in this years schools competition and congratulations to Sherbourne St John for winning the event with just one team entered into the tournament.”