Adult and Junior Group Sessions Restart

With lockdown restrictions easing the first step to returning to normality was the re-opening of the outdoor courts with a new online booking and payment system (book and pay online here www.totallytennis.co.uk).

Phase two has been the restarting of group sessions, smaller groups of players for adult drills and junior squads. Following on from feedback from parents, groups of a maximum of 5 players have been introduced for squads to ensure the required social distance is maintained and the sessions adhere to government and LTA guidelines. The Ferguson and Rushmere families have embraced the new squad sessions with the four children who attend school together (pictured below) now enjoying weekly sessions with Tennis Director Nigel with great feedback received.

Parent Claire Ferguson said, “The kids absolutely loved the session on Monday.  It was run so well from every aspect, the adjustments for Coronavirus were so well  thought through and implemented fully but it didn’t take away from the learning or the enjoyment.” she added, “After such a long break the kids made progress in just their first lesson back and it was just so lovely as a parent to see (and hear!) the fun they were having, wonderful to get back to some normality in a safe way, an absolute tonic. Thank you!

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Long said, “We’re all so pleased to get back on court and return to some sort of normality! We’re really grateful for everyone’s support and positive feedback as some of our regular coaching sessions have been reintroduced. We’d also like to thank everyone for their patience and we hope will will be back in FULL SWING soon!

For any parents interested in their child/children returning to squad sessions please be assured that hand sanitiser will be used frequently throughout the sessions. On arrival, players are asked to go straight to the outdoor courts where the coach will be waiting. For now the toilets (Pavilion) will remain closed. Parents can watch the sessions outside the court boundary but must maintain a 2m social distance away from the courts entrance so other players can access (read more about the LTA guidelines here www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/).

It’s not just good news for our juniors players as adult drills have also returned with more days/sessions added from next week. Adult drills sessions are now available Monday and Tuesday with group sizes limited to 5 players plus the coach – book fast via the links below to avoid missing out on a space.

​Monday Advanced Drills 6.30 – 7.30pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/BookClass/7918aaba-5ca5-4d1b-955a-3945adf87b9a

Monday Improver Drills 7.30 – 8.30pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/BookClass/21477fd8-c05c-4727-96c7-3b8f290cad1e

Tuesday Improver Drills 8 – 9pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/Coaching/Summary/9ee53e1c-00b6-4161-a6ef-7bf69b63558e

Outdoor courts can continue to be booked in advance via our online booking system, if you would like to play please visit www.totallytennis.co.uk where you can book and pay for your court. For more information on any of the sessions, court bookings or general enquires please telephone 01256 358816, e-mail us at tt@totallytennis.co.uk or send us a Facebook message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Keep an eye on our social media for any further announcements for more playing options.

 

Bring A Buddy Week | February 2020

It was Bring a Buddy week at Totally Tennis last week where junior development players were invited to ask siblings and friends to join in their session.

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Head coach James McIntosh said, “It was great to see some of our squad players bring along their friends or siblings to join in with their session, especially those that hasn’t played tennis before. We look forward to doing another Bring a Buddy week next term.” 

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Look out for the Bring A Buddy week next term 😉

 

January in Pictures | 2020

IMG_5393Head coach James McIntosh announced he was running the 2020 London Marathon for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his late father

IMG_5662Performance player and assistant coach Harry Feast got to the semi-final stage of the South West Winter County Tour held at the indoor centre

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Semi Final Finish for Feast

Totally Tennis performance player Harry Feast competed in the South West Winter County Tour – Totally Tennis Basingstoke – Men’s Open held last weekend at the indoor centre.

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The Men’s singles tournament, which was held by fellow performance player and coach Liam Hignett, was won by Sebastien Muller from Oxford who defeated Edward Mcintyre in the final 4-2, 4-1. Feast beat Terry Gillman in the first round 4-0, 4-0 and Tomasz Wojtak in the quarters 4-2, 4-1 but was then knocked out in the semis in a three set battle by Mcintyre 4-3(3), 2-4, [10-5].

The tournament is part of the series of South West Winter County Tour events for adults and juniors held by Hignett at Totally Tennis. The next event is the 16 & under Boys and Girls singles this coming weekend (26th January).

Half Term Tennis & Multi Sport Camps | February 2020

Let your children escape the cold weather this February Half Term and play under cover at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre. The popular Tennis and Multi Sport Camps are a healthy alternative for your children to have fun in the school holidays while burning off some energy, making friends and learning a new sport.

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Running at the Indoor Centre in War Memorial Park from 17th – 21st February sessions can be booked as morning, afternoon or full day options (discounted two-day packages are also available). 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 so there really is something for everyone (morning sessions tennis only, afternoon sessions tennis & multi-sport).

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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 fully qualified, licensed and experienced Lawn Tennis Association coaches.

Session Timings

Morning ~ 9am* – 12 noon (Tennis)

Afternoon ~ 1pm – 4pm (Tennis & Multi Sports)

Full Day ~ 9am – 4pm (children must be 5 years and over to stay all day)

* Drop off from 8:30am

Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities and the February weather (lots of layers if chilly), bring plenty of drinks and a packed lunch if staying all day. 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 Camps please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816, email tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

Festive win for Shrayan at the Christmas Mini Tennis Tournament

Head coach James McIntosh ran the Christmas Mini Tennis tournament at the indoor centre in the period between Christmas and New Year.

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Eight players entered the event and the tournament was played across two robin robin boxes with both the winner and runner-up from each box progressing to the semi-final stage. Box 1 was won by Lewis Gambrill who beat Ivy Grout 10-1, Carter Grout 10-7 and Jasmine Paul 10-8. Carter was runner-up after he defeated Ivy 10-1 and Jasmine 10-4.

Gabriella Dyer was the winner of Box 2 beating Shauna Rana 10-4, Fred Gambrill 10-2 and Shrayan Subash 10-5. Shrayan was in second place after winning two matches against Shauna 10-2 and Fred 10-4.

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In the semi finals Shrayan beat Lewis 10-7 and Gabriella beat Carter 10-2. Shrayan was declared the winner after he defeated Gabriella in the final  10-5.

McIntosh said, “Well done to everyone that competed in the tournament, there were some great matches. Look forward to seeing you all compete again next year at the first TT Tour event on Saturday 25th January.

Congratulations Shrayan 😉

Christmas TT Tour 2019

The last TT Tour event of the year saw Carter Grout, Dylan Mills, Tobi Adeniran, Yvie Martyn, Shrayan Subash, Lewis Gambrill and Shauna Rana compete in some festive fun.
In the semi finals Subash beat Grout 10 – 2 and Adeniran beat Gambrill 10 – 8. In the 3rd/4th play-off Gambrill beat Grout 10 – 2 and Adeniran was crowned the winner after beating Subash 10 – 2.
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Coach Loic Armstrong who run the event said,  “I have taught everyone who was at the TT Tour, their progression and confidence has shone through over the last few months.” He added, “Putting everything they have learned into practice this way has really helped the players grow overall.”
The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis junior players with several tournaments held throughout the year.  An up-to-date leaderboard will show each player’s rankings in each group. Points are awarded to the winner, runner-up and third/fourth place players for each event as well as additional points for entering. See schedule below for full list of tournament dates.
Congratulations to all our winners this year and to everyone who competed in the TT Tour 2019 – see you in the New Year 😉

Totally Tennis Charity Pub Quiz Night

Thirty five players and their guests had a great evening at the Totally Tennis charity pub quiz night hosted by coach Steph at The Queen’s College Arms in Pamber End, Tadley on Friday evening.

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Along with the quiz and dinner there were tennis lessons, courts and sessions plus lots of festive prizes raffled off to raise money towards a defibrillator for the courts.

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Tennis Director Nigel Long, “I’d like to say a massive thank you to Steph for organising such a successful evening and to everyone that came for their fabulous support.”

Meet Our Assistant Coaches: Andrew Dingwall

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Coach Profile: Andrew Dingwall

Coaching Qualification: Level 2

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?
Four years old

How were you introduced to the sport?
My family all played and were passionate about tennis

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?
The friendly atmosphere of the team

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?
Rafael Nadal

What do you like most about coaching tennis?
The players looking forward to tennis each work and having fun whilst improving at the sport

How often do you coach?
One day a week

Do you play any other sport?
Only skiing once a year

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?
Getting to the sixth form national finals

Read more about the Totally Tennis coaching team on the COACHING TEAM tab or click totallytennis.wordpress.com/meet-the-team/

AOC SOUTH EAST REGIONAL DOUBLES COMPETITION

Following on from the successful AOC South East Regional singles competition on Tuesday 12 November (read about that HERE), the doubles competition was also hosted at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre on Friday 29 November. 

There was a slightly reduced entry list with some last minute withdrawals, leaving just three Colleges competing for the Boys, Girls and Mixed doubles titles; Queen Mary’s (QMC), Richard Collyer’s and Peter Symonds. The match format was the new FAST4 rules.

Six pairs competed in the boy’s doubles with QMC represented by Matt Berry/Chris Bundhoo and Totally Tennis pairing of Harry Feast/Ollie Brown (pictured below). Berry and Bundhoo lost their opening group match against the top seeds from Peter Symonds 4-0, 4-2, they played much better in their second match but frustratingly lost out in two tie-breaks 4-3 (2), 4-3 (4). In the other group, Feast and Brown lost their first match against Peter Symonds but beat Richards Collyer’s to finish second in the group, 3-4 (6), 4-3 (1) and 10-6.  

Goldson said, “Both Harry and Ollie showed greater consistency in this match and a more aggressive approach saw them come back from a first set deficit, to win a highly contested match where with three tie breaks deciding each set.

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Having reached the semi-final, they then had to play the top seeds from Peter Symonds, who played a very solid match to win 4-2, 4-1. Despite the loss, both players enjoyed the experience and both played well, against more highly ranked players. The final saw the two Peter Symonds pairs playing each other, with the number 1 seeds of James Ardley and Paddy Thorne winning comfortably 4-0, 4-2.

In the girls’ doubles, there were only three pairs in the competition and the Peter Symonds number one pairing of Magda Kornijckuz and Loreli Sanderson had a relatively comfortable win, taking both matches in the round robin group to win.  QMC were not represented in the girls’ doubles. Harry Feast and Poppy Goffin represented QMC in the Mixed Doubles and finished in 4th place overall, Calista Muna and Alex Costa from Richard Collyer’s College were the winners.

Goldson said, “Really proud of the efforts from Chris, Matt, Ollie and Harry today.  We always knew it would be tough to get past the Peter Symonds number one pairing but the they all played some great tennis.” she added,  “I was especially pleased to see Harry and Ollie make the semi-final.”

AoC Sport, formed following the merger of British Colleges Sport, English Colleges FA and the Association of Colleges sport policy team, is the membership organisation for colleges, leading the development of sport and physical activity in 16+ education. Sport and physical activity are essential components of college life, giving students significant advantages in education, employment and health. The AoC vision is for every college student to participate regularly in sport or physical activity and their purpose is to promote, support and deliver college sport and physical activity. Read more about AoC sport on their website www.aocsport.co.uk