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 

 

 

 

 

 

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Player Profile: Gregor Stronach

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Age: Twelve

Squad: C

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Four

How were you introduced to the sport?

I saw people playing on holiday and wanted to try it 

Why did you choose Totally Tennis?

Because it’s my local tennis centre and friends recommended it 

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about the sport?

It’s fun to play

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Smash

How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

Yes cricket, football and rugby

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Joining C Squad

U10 Team Win the Aegon Team Tennis League

The Totally Tennis U10 team have won the Aegon Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2017 10&U Mixed Division league. The team of Oliver Alemany, Eddie Lakatos, Daniel Ward, Ollie Steer and Faith Tompkins were up against teams from David Lloyd Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth Tennis Academy.
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They won their first match against David Lloyd Southampton 8-4 with Alemany, Lakatos and Ward all winning their singles to be 3-1 up and then Alemany/Lakatos securing overall victory by winning their doubles match 4-2, 4-2. Unfortunately Winchester then withdrew from the division so the deciding fixture was against Portsmouth Tennis Academy who had already beaten David Lloyd Southampton.
 In the fixture against Portsmouth Alemany and Lakatos both won their singles matches 4-0, 4-1 and Steer won 4-0, 4-0. In the doubles Tompkins/Steer won their three set match 4-2, 0-4, 1-0 to secure another 8 – 4 victory and win the league.
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Head coach James Macintosh said, “Well Done to Oliver, Eddie Lakatos, Ward, Ollie and Tompkins who were all part of the team that won the division. It’s a fantastic achievement for all the players and we hope to continue to have more success in future team tennis events.
Congratulations to all the team!

Tennis Foundation Primary Schools Roadshow

The Tennis Foundation, in conjunction with Totally Tennis, are visiting ten schools in Basingstoke this week to see over 1000 key stage 1 children and introduce them to playing tennis in fun short sessions. The week long roadshow will culminate in two FREE Tennis Open Days at the Indoor Centre this coming weekend (17th & 18th June – details below).

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The schools that will be visited this week are:

Monday 12th  June – St Marks and Chalk Ridge

Tuesday 13th June – Great Binfields and North Waltham

Wednesday 14th June – Castle Hill and Silchester

Thursday 15th June – Winklebury and Hatch Warren Infants

Friday 16th  June –  St Johns and St Bedes

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Totally Tennis’ director Nigel Long said “This is an amazing opportunity for local children to try tennis at their respective schools and then visit the club to practice what they have learnt on real tennis courts.”

We have a fantastic mini tennis programme for junior players from the age of four. We hope to see lots of players signing up to play regularly in our Pirates, Indians, Dodgers and Giants squads and start enjoying a fun new activity.”

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The Tennis Foundation is Britain’s leading tennis charity that strives to make sport inclusive and accessible to everyone. The aim is to provide opportunities to encourage people to maximise their potential through tennis by working closely with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and a wide range of partners from across all sectors to deliver their vision and aim. For more information visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk

For more information about the Schools Tennis Roadshow and the FREE sessions this weekend at Totally Tennis’ Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park please telephone 01256 358816 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk More information about the junior squad programme can be found here and read all our latest news on our blog here

Player Profile: Yuvraj Aujla

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YUVRAJ AUJLA

Age: Six

Squad: Pirates/Indians

How old were you when you first started tennis? 

Six

How were you introduced to the sport?

Played at school and really enjoyed it

What made you come to Totally Tennis?  

Good reputation and good facilities

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?  

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

It’s a fun way to stay active and make new friends

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?

Once a week at Totally Tennis then try to play one day a week with Mum and Dad

Do you play any other sport?

No

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Backhand and Forehand

Player Profile: Steven Peach

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STEVEN PEACH

Age: Four

Squad: Pirates

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Four

How were you introduced to the sport?

By my Mum and Dad

What made you come to Totally Tennis?   

It’s good fun

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?  

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

It’s exciting

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Forehand

How often do you play?  

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

Swimming

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Rallying with the coach

Player Profile: Kadiatou Sow

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Age: Six

Squad: Pirates

How old were you when you first started tennis?  

I was six

How were you introduced to the sport?

By friends

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

I really wanted to come because it’s interesting

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Running and Jogging

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

None yet

How often do you play?

Once a week

Do you play any other sport?

No

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

None as yet