Head Coach James will run the 2020 London Marathon

Head Coach James McIntosh will run the 2020 London Marathon in April in memory of his dad who sadly passed away in August 2018 after just three weeks of being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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McIntosh will be running the marathon on Sunday 26th April in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK, a tough disease to diagnose, to treat, to research and even tougher to survive. For too long this disease has been sidelined, it’s important that everyone affected by it gets all the help they need. Pancreatic Cancer UK support those affected by the disease, investing in ground breaking research, lobbying for greater recognition of pancreatic cancer and being a voice for everyone involved in the fight.

With just over 100 days to go McIntosh’s marathon preparation have become and he’s on track after continuing his training from running the Oxford half marathon last October. He plans to introduce some longer runs shortly and will post training updates on his JustGiving page (linked below).

McIntosh said, “I am looking forward to running the London Marathon as it’s always been on my bucket list. I know the training will be hard but I am very motivated to do.” he added, “It’s a great test of character and fitness and I know after all the time spent playing and watching sports with my Dad that he would have fully supported me in this next challenge. I embrace this amazing opportunity and would love to raise as much  money as possible for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of my Dad.”

To find out more and to donate please visit McIntosh’s JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/virginmoneylondonmarathon20202-jamesmcintosh

Read more about Pancreatic Cancer UK by clicking www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk

October in Pictures

IMG_3128Coach Liam Hignett won the LTA British Tour Exeter Open Mens Singles title 

IMG_3101Head coach James Mcintosh ran the Oxford Half Marathon

4f76318e-dd7f-494c-b4f0-8835764bd3e0The latest Adult Course graduates

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Hayden Cummings won the 12 & under Boys singles title at the Portsmouth Tennis Centre Winter County Tournament 

956525df-d8b4-4134-83d4-a05e9e450ef7Red and Orange TT Tour5f4983ec-3506-4891-8385-16460d64b2a9IMG_3467Aaron Dawson won the 16 & U Boys singles title at Birchwood Junior & Senior Open

1B927363-7C9A-404F-9F0C-9E906DA3195DOctober Half Term Tennis CampsIMG_3470Coach Liam captained the Hampshire & IOW 9 & U team to victory at the West Hants Club

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Half Marathon PB for Head Coach McIntosh in Oxford

Head Coach James McIntosh competed in the Virgin Sport Oxford Half Marathon at the weekend, running to raise money for the Alzheimers Society.

This was McIntosh’s second Oxford half marathon where he managed an impressive official race time of 1:26:25 bettering his previous time of 1:30:20, this was also a personal best despite the lashing rain. Overall he finished 267 out of 6,840 runners and 138 out of the 3,366 men competing in the race (31/568 males in the 30-34 age category). McIntosh has raised £355 (his target was £350) via his JustGiving page – click on the link in paragraph below to donate.

McIntosh said, “Thanks to everyone who donated on my Just Giving page to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Despite the rain I enjoyed the run and was happy to get a new PB!“

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The Alzheimer’s Society is a national charity that helps to create a better world for people affected by dementia and is transforming the landscape of the illness forever. Until the day a cure is found, the society offers those affected and their families, support and acceptance to help them live in the community without fear or prejudice.

Donations can be made via McIntosh’s Just Giving page by clicking HERE. Read more about the charity and its fundraising events here.

Well Done James!

Brownie Pack Visit Totally Tennis

Totally Tennis has always been involved with supporting the local community as part of its ongoing Community Tennis Programme so were pleased to  host the 2nd Silchester Brownie pack at the indoor centre recently.

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Thirty-six girls visited the club after picking tennis as their new sport to try this term. The girls and their leaders enjoyed a fun on-court session with Head Coach James and assistant Loic learning the basics of tennis and playing tennis games.

McIntosh said, “The session was organised for the girls to experience a different sport. It went really well and the girls were all very enthusiastic. It was good to give the opportunity to those who had never played tennis before.”

It seems everyone had a great time and enjoyed the acidity with the girls declaring it fun and wanting to play again. Pack Leader Kirstie Jones said, ‘They had such a great time, the foam balls made it accessible to all in a very safe environment.”

If you are involved with a community group and want to book a tennis session or enquiry about our coaches visiting you as a junior activity or an adult team building session please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358815

TENNIS TIPS | TIP 21: Using The Lob

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 21: Using The Lob

Use the lob when your opponent is at the net. Drop your racket head below the ball and swing up the back of the ball with a steeper swing path. This will help you create lots of height to get the ball over the opponent.

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Wrong: Racket head is high

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Correct: The racket head has dropped below the ball.

Read all the previous tips in the Tennis Tip tab – totallytennis.wordpress.com/tennis-tips/

Tennis Tips | Tip 20: Returning a First Serve

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 20: Returning a First Serve

Try to shorten your take back on the return of a first serve – this will help you with timing the ball and getting the contact point out in front when receiving a faster ball

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Wrong: The racket is too far back

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Correct: Shorter take back

Read all the previous tips in the Tennis Tip tab – totallytennis.wordpress.com/tennis-tips/

Tennis Tip | Tip 19: Approaching The Net

Follow the weekly tennis tips by Totally Tennis Head Coach James McIntosh designed to improve your game.

Tip 19: Approaching the Net.

When moving into the net try to take the approach shot early so you can be more aggressive and give the opponent less time. The video shows a forehand approach down the line and the volley into the space to finish the point.

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Correct: The racket is higher so you can take the ball early.

Read all the previous tips in the Tennis Tip tab – totallytennis.wordpress.com/tennis-tips/