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/)

Junior Development and Performance Squads Restart

As the summer holidays draw to a close it’s time for the return of the Totally Tennis Junior Squads which form part of the the club’s development and performance programme run by our team of LTA licensed coaches. Totally Tennis squads are run on weekdays and designed for children aged from four years upwards that start with mini tennis nets and sponge balls and work up to full sized courts and yellow balls, every child is given an appropriate squad to join, usually guided by age.

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Development squads include Pirates (4-6 years), Indians (6-8 years), Dodgers (8-9 years) and Giants (9-10 years). A, B and C squads are for older players aged eleven and over. Performance Squads include the invitational mini performance squads of Red, Orange and Green for talented players and Yellow squads are for older players in the U12 to U18 categories.

The 2018 autumn term started today (3rd September) and will run for sixteen weeks until 21st December 2018 (sessions run throughout half term). There are Open Weeks held during the last week of term in March, July & December where parents are invited to watch their children’s progress during an on court session. For more information about the squad programme and session fees telephone 01256 358816 or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk/squads 

 

 

 

 

 

TT Tour – US Open

The TT Tour US Open tournament took place at the indoor centre last weekend with events for the red and orange players run by coaching assistant Andrew Dingwall.

In the red event there were lots of really close matches and players were learning much about competing in matches. Kevin Karjalainen was the winner beating William Durman in the final 10-3. Neel Chandrasekar and Ayush Thondapu were joint third and fourth overall, other players who competed were Julia Mikztal, Roksanna Jelonek, Andrew Smith, Owen Hammond, Diya Shanmugaras and Luke Porter.

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Dingwall said, “For many players this was their first ever competition and everyone did very well by helping each other keeping score.” he added “William did incredibly well to fight through and beat Ayush 14-12 in one of the semi finals to progress to the final but was then beaten by Kevin who became TT Tour champion!

In the Orange competition there was some great tennis played with some fantastic rallies and well deserved winners. Hayden Cummings was the overall winner once again beating Guhan Chendhilkumar in the final 10-4. James Blackwell and Megan Fisher were third and fourth, Harry Dolman was fifth, sixth place went to Rory Thompson followed by Caitlin Manley and Lottie Blackwell. Special mention to Harry who battled through and beat Rory 16-14 in their very close fought match.

Dingwall commented “A special well done to Caitlin, Harry, James and Lottie for competing in their first ever TT Tour!” he continued, “Congratulations to Hayden on coming out the victor against Guhan to become the champion of the day.”

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The Totally Tennis Tour is for Development Squads and Mini Performance Squads players who get the opportunity to compete in seven tournaments throughout the year. The top eight players from each squad will be invited back to play in the Grand Final’s in November for the chance to finish as the club champions. Leaderboard’s will show players rankings in each squad and points will be awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as points for entering.

The Grand Slam events of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open offer higher points of 1,000 and or the winners 500 for the runners-up. All other events give the winners 250 points, 125 for second place and 75 for third/fourth places, every player gets 100 points for all events they enter, each age group leaderboard will be updated after each tournament.

TT Tour Dates 2017

Sunday 29th October – Valencia Open

Sunday 15th November – Grand Finals (by invitation only)

Player Profile: Tristian Thapa

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TRISTIAN THAPA

Age: Eight

Squad: Giants

How old were you when you first started tennis?

8 years old

How were you introduced to the sport?

From school

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Wanted to play tennis and it’s the local club

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Friendly matches

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Still learning so not sure yet

How often do you play?

Twice a week

Do you play any other sport?

Golf

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Moving up a level from Dodgers to Giants squad

Player Profile: Louis Smith

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LOUIS SMITH

Age: Seven

Squad: Indians

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Five

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

It is fun

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

Forehand

How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

Football

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

None as yet

Player Profile: Tristan Fisher

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TRISTAN FISHER

Age: Five

Squad: Pirates

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Four

How were you introduced to the sport?

My sister plays tennis

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

My sister plays at Totally Tennis

Who is you favourite professional player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Bouncing balls

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sports?

Swimming, gymnastics and football

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Hitting the ball over the net

Player Profile: William Durman

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WILLIAM DURMAN

Age: Five

Squad: Red

How old were you when you first started tennis?  

Four

How old were you when you we first introduced to the sport?  

Four

What made you come to Totally Tennis?   

Coach at Beechdown gym

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?  

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?  

Rallying

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

Forehand

How often do you play?  

Three times a week

Do you play any other sport?   

Football

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?   

Getting into red squad