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 

 

 

 

 

 

Player Profile: Joshua Gamelin

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JOSHUA GAMELIN

Squad: Dodgers

How old were you when you first started tennis?  

Nine

How were you introduced to the sport?

Played at school in PE and also for fun in the playground at lunchtime.

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

It looked great fun and I was looking for a new club.

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?  

Andy Murray of course!

What do you like most about the sport?

It’s a lot of fun and great exercise.

What do you consider to be your best shot?

I’ve just started so learning still!

How often do you play?

Once a week at Totally Tennis and at school

Do you play any other sport?

Golf at Bishopswood

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Learning to control the ball

Player Profile: Katie Neville

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KATIE NEVILLE

Squad:   Dodgers

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Seven         

How were you introduced to the sport?      

By my brother

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Because my Mum’s a member

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

 Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?            

You get to play games with my friends

What do you consider to be your best shot?          

Forehand

How often do you play?        

Every Saturday

Do you play any other sport?       

Swimming, Gymnastics and Free running

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

Winning the lobbing game

Player Profile: Aneeka Sangaha

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ANEEKA SANGAHA

Age: Eight

Squad:  Dodgers

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Seven

How were you introduced to the sport?

Watched tennis with my dad

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Local centre and good coach

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Playing games

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

Twice a week

Do you play any other sport?

Dancing

Greatest achievement so far

Winning against Orla

Player Profile: Anet Orolloga

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ANET OROLLOGA

Age: Nine

Squad:  Dodgers

How old were you when you first started tennis?   

Eight

How were you introduced to the sport?

I played tennis at school

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

I heard the tennis was good

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Jamie Thomas

What do you like most about the sport?

Playing tennis games

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

Ballet

Greatest achievement so far

 Winning ‘Round the World’

September New Squad Term

September is a busy time with schools going back and it’s also the start of a new squad term tomorrow at Totally Tennis. In the Junior Tennis Programme, there are lots of opportunities for children of all ages and abilities in the Under and Over 10’s with termly and pay-and-play sessions at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park. 

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Termly Under 10’s Development Squads

Pirates (Mini Red Tennis)

This session is for beginners aged 4-6 years using sponge balls. Players work on co-ordination, basic racket skills and tennis shots.
Monday, Tuesday and Friday ~ 4:30-5:30pm

DSC_0071Indians (Red/Orange Mini Tennis)

This session is for beginners or as a progression from Pirates for players aged 6-7 years. The ball is low-bouncing and players work on the basic shots to play tennis

Monday, Tuesday and Friday ~ 4:30-5:30pm

Dodgers (Orange Mini Tennis)

This is session is for beginners aged 7-9 years using a medium-bounce ball on a 3⁄4 sized tennis court and also a progression from Indians Squad.

Monday, Tuesday and Friday ~ 5:30-6:30pm

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Giants sessions are for 9-11 year olds and provides the transition to full court tennis. This is also a progression from Dodgers Squad.

Monday, Tuesday and Friday ~ 5:30-6:30pm

Termly Over 10’s Development Squads

C Squad

C squad is for players aged 10-16 years and is played with a yellow ball on a full size tennis court. This is aimed at beginners and improvers.

Wednesday ~ 4:30-6.00pm and Saturday 1:30-3:00pm

B Squad

This squad is also aimed at players aged 10-16 years and is played with a yellow ball on a full size tennis court. This is for intermediate players progressing from C squad.

Wednesday ~ 4:30-6:00pm, Thursday 6:00 -7:30pm and Saturday 12.30 – 2.00pm

A Squad

This is aimed at players aged 10-16 years and is played with a yellow ball on a full size tennis court. This is for intermediate/advanced players progressing from B squad.

Saturday ~ 11.00am -12:30pm

Girls Squad

This is aimed at girls aged 12-17 years and is played with a yellow ball on a full size tennis court.

Wednesday ~ 6:00 – 7:30pm

Junior Pay and Play Mini Tennis Sessions  (No Need to Book)

Munchkins (Mini Red Tennis)

This session is for beginners aged 4-9 years. The ball is sponge or low-bouncing and the players work on co-ordination, basic racket skills and basic tennis shots.

Saturday ~ 10:30-11:30am (£3.50 per child per session)

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This session is for beginners aged 10-16 years. The ball is medium bouncing, and players work on basic shots to play the game.

Saturday ~11:30am – 12:30pm (£5.00 per child per session)

There are also Mini Performance and Performance Squads for talented players. The Red, Orange, Green and Yellow squads are by invitation only at the coaching teams digression. For more information about the Totally Tennis Junior Programme please telephone 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website http://www.totallytennis.co.uk.

For more information about the programme at Hampshire Court click here