QMC Players Enjoy Coaching Opportunity

Hampshire Court head coach Shyam Vithlani ran an eight week disability course at Queen Mary’s College (QMC) designed to introduce the learning support students to the basics of tennis. The course consisted of six sessions at the college itself and the last two sessions at Totally Tennis which gave the players the opportunity to play in a real tennis club enviroment.
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Vithlani, a former QMC pupil himself, taught the players an introduction to tennis concentrating on the basic strokes like forehand and backhand but also working on their co-ordination skills, balance and how to follow instructions.
Ricardo QMC’s learning support teacher  said, “The students really appreciated Shyam taking the time to come to QMC and teach them tennis. They fully enjoyed all the sessions, especially the ones at Totally Tennis.” he added, “The students learnt quite a lot and are still talking about their experiences, during the activities and the bits they enjoyed the most.
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Great British Tennis Weekend at Stratton Park

Families were invited to play tennis for FREE at Totally Tennis on  Sunday 17th July at Stratton Park as part of this year’s Lawn Tennis Associations (LTA) Great British Tennis Weekend (GBTW). Along with other tennis centres across the country, the club offered free tennis and coaching for people of all ages and abilities, the perfect day out for family and friends. The sessions at Stratton Park followed on from the first event held at the War Memorial Park back in May.

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There were three seasons run by Head Coach James Macintosh, Munchkins  and Adults, Juniors and players with disabilities and Family time which was attended by forty people overall.
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The GBTW scheme is designed to get people outdoors and trying tennis for free this summer at various locations countrywide on three summer weekends. Thousands of free events took place across the country for the whole family offering players the chance to experience Highland Spring Mini Tennis, Cardio Tennis, coaching and relaxed free play.

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Macintosh said ”It was great to see so many new players and I hope they all enjoyed themselves and will return to play again.”FullSizeRender

Futures Fair for Disability Tennis

As part of the Totally Tennis Community Tennis Programme Jill Gibson represented the club at the Futures Fair held at Dove House to promote Tennis for children with Disabilities.

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The Futures Fair is an event for people with learning disabilities or difficulties and their families to explore the services and organisations within their local community.  As well as providing information and support, the event aims to showcase all the organisations and charities that currently provide services such as; education and training, clubs or facilities, housing, care and advice to people with learning disabilities, as well as offer on the spot advice on employment and benefits.

Totally Tennis offers sessions specifically designed for players with a disability and Gibson showed that there are many aids to help children learn to play tennis whatever their ability. The weekly disability sessions run at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park are as follows:

Sundays 11am – 12 noon Coaching for players with Down’s Syndrome

This session is run as a course during term time in conjunction with the Down Syndrome Active team and teaches the basic strokes and tactics of tennis as well as developing agility, balance and coordination.  

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Sundays 3pm – 4pm  Coaching for players with disabilities

This session for players with disabilities is aimed at developing their tennis skills whatever their ability.  Modified equipment is used in fun games and drills to aid their learning.  

For more information about the Totally Tennis Disability sessions telephone 01256 358816 or visit http://www.totallytennis.co.uk