Goodbye Shyam

Young player to homegrown coach Shyam Vithlani has been involved with Totally Tennis for a very longtime. In the early days, six year old Vithlani and his sister attended Saturday morning munchkin club and squads, he represented his school and then Queen Mary’s College (QMC). After completing his Sports Development with Coaching BSC (hons) Degree at Sheffield Hallam University he returned to the club to pursue a full-time career in coaching.

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The QMC team reached the mixed doubles National finals and he also played in the Sheffield Hallam that won the university league. He started coaching at Totally Tennis when he was sixteen as a tennis assistant and continued to coach in Sheffield at the Rustlings Club, setting and running his own tennis sessions. He then coached at Hallamshire Tennis Academy as well as in America for two summers while still at University.  During his time at Totally Tennis he has progressed through the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) coaching qualifications and has attained the Level 4 Senior Coach Award.

Vithlani bid farewell to Totally Tennis earlier this month after five years as Head Coach at Hampshire Court to continue his coaching career as Head of Tennis for Multi Sports for the International Schools in Shanghai, China.

 

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May and June In Pictures

See what’s been happening at Totally Tennis in May and June in pictures 🙂

The first Great British Tennis Weekend (GBTW) at Totally Tennis

IMG_1854Year 3 and 4 primary schools tournament hosted by Totally Tennis

IMG_18561620697_488567244580917_1829988691_nSteph Catlin joined the coaching team

IMG_3931She Rallies workshop at the Indoor Centre

image1-3The Totally Tennis Girls 14 & under team (pictured above and below) won the Premier 14&U Girls Tier 2 South West (East)

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Totally Tennis Schools Roadshow Open Days Weekend

image1-4Isla Hignett won the Totally Tennis HSBC Road to Wimbledon event

image2The Sherfield School sixth form team of Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Alex Dawson and Dean Cooper Kirby won the Hampshire/Dorset/Wiltshire knockout stage of the Glanville Cup.

IMG_1884The Totally Tennis U10 team won the Aegon Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2017 10&U Mixed Division league

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The Hampshire Court coaching team gave free tennis sessions at the Old Basing Village Carnival

image1Totally Tennis performance player Liam Hignett won the David Lloyd Southampton Aegon British Tour FAST4 Open Mens singles title

image2-2Performance players Jasmin Bromilow and Isla Hignett met Judy Murray at a regional She Rallies event

 

Totally Tennis Hampshire Court News

The Totally Tennis Hampshire Court coaching team, who run weekly sessions at Old Basing Tennis Club and an after school club St Mary’s Junior School in the village, were part of last weekend’s annual Old Basing Carnival. Free mini tennis sessions for juniors and adults were offered encouraging lots of of people of all ages to get on court and try tennis.

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In other news, the coaching team are running a summer term exclusive at Hampshire Court for junior players. For the remaining six weeks of the summer term players can play for just £30.00. Spaces are limited so be sure to book quickly – once they are gone, they are gone!

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Adults players aren’t forgotten either with all new players offered a FREE session. Whether you are planning on returning to tennis or are a keen regular tennis player, it’s time to dust off your racket as we have something for everyone every day of the week!

As if that wasn’t enough it’s also competition Time! Like and share the Totally Tennis Hampshire Court Facebook page with your friends and be automatically entered into a free prize draw to WIN a racket bag! Competition closes on Sunday 25th June!

To find out more information call Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or e-mail shyam.vithlani@totallytennis.co.uk

May Half Term Tennis Camps

Looking for healthy alternative for your children in the May Half Term break? Want your children to have fun and learn a new sport in school holidays? Then Totally Tennis has just the answer ……….

Children can keep active whilst having lots of fun and learn a new sport in the school holidays with the clubs popular Tennis Camps that will be running Totally Tennis’ tow venues in Basingstoke. Sessions will be running at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park (9am – 4.00pm) and at Hampshire Court (8.30am – 4,30pm) from Tuesday 30th May until Friday 2nd June as morning, afternoon and full-day options.

The scheme has OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by our experienced Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualified and licensed coaches. Sessions at both venues will include tennis and multi-sports activities. Children must be 5 and over to stay for the full day. Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities and need to bring a packed lunch, drinks and wear sunscreen if the weather is good. Children will be supervised throughout the day, including lunch breaks and swimming sessions.

Rackets will be provided for those who need one. Please note refunds will only be given with 24 hours notice and sessions need a minimum number of participants in order to take place. As a result of a cancellation by Totally Tennis an alternative will be offered.

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For more information about the Tennis Camps at either venue please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, email tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

Easter Holiday Tennis Camps at the Indoor Centre

Do you want your child to burn off some energy and have a fantastic time this Easter Holiday? For a healthy and challenging experience, our Tennis Camps give junior players the opportunity to improve their skills, fitness and make new friends while having lots of fun. The scheme has OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by our experienced Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) qualified and licensed coaches during the Easter Holidays at our two venues.

Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 23.17.06Packed with opportunities to learn and play tennis the sessions at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park will be running from Monday 10th to Thursday 13th April and again from Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st April. Sessions are available as morning, afternoon options and there are also both two and five-day packages for children aged from four years old.

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Tennis camps will also be running at Hampshire Court from Monday 3rd – Thursday 13th April designed for children aged from four years to fifteen years and will include tennis activities and multi sports activities such as football, rounders, hockey and much more. Sessions are bookable as morning, afternoon or full-day options with two and five-day packages available. (Children must be 5 and over to stay for the full day.)

Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities and need to bring a packed lunch and drinks, Children will be supervised throughout the day, including lunch breaks. Rackets will be provided for those who need one. Please note refunds will only be given with 24 hours notice and sessions need a minimum number of participants in order to take place. As a result of a cancellation by Totally Tennis an alternative will be offered.

For more information about the Tennis Camp programme please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, email tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

February Half Term Tennis Camps

Looking for healthy alternative for your children in the February Half Term break? Want your children to have fun, burn off some energy and learn a new sport in the school holidays? Totally Tennis has just the answer – Tennis Camps.

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Running at both the Indoor Centre in War Memorial Park and Hampshire Court in Chineham from 20th – 24th February, sessions can be booked as morning, afternoon or full day. Tennis camps give children plenty of opportunity to keep active and the camps are not only tennis orientated, although that is the main focus, but combine a variety of sports including swimming (Hampshire Court only), there really is something for everyone.

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Tennis camps are great fun and include lots of games and mini-competitions for both new and experienced players for children aged 4 – 16 years in a safe environment with qualified licensed and experienced LTA coaches.

Timings

War Memorial Park – 9am – 4.00pm (drop off from 8.30am)

Hampshire Court – 9.00am – 4.00pm (drop off from 8.30am /4.00pm – 4.30pm pick up)

Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities and need to bring a packed lunch, drinks and swimming kit (Hampshire Court only). Children will be supervised throughout the day, including lunch breaks and swimming sessions. Rackets will be provided for those who need one. Please note refunds will only be given with 24 hours notice and sessions need a minimum number of participants in order to take place. As a result of a cancellation by Totally Tennis an alternative will be offered.

For more information about the Holiday Tennis Camps including prices at both venues please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, email tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

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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