It was Bring A Buddy week for the development squad players (pictured above & below)
Tennis Director and UCoach tutor Nigel Long (pictured back row far left) with the latest LTA Level 2 candidates who completed their final assessment at the indoor centre
Lots of junior players enjoyed the February Half Term Tennis Camps
Head coach James McIntosh had a PB at the Wokingham half marathon ahead of his London Marathon debut in April in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his father and there was a bake sale at the club to boast his sponsorship funds
Liam and Isla Hignett both received funding and gym scholarships at the Basingstoke Sports Awards 2020
Performance player Aaron Dawson was part of the Hampshire & IOW team
Do you want your child to burn off some energy and have a fantastic time this Easter Holiday? For a healthy and challenging experience try our Tennis Camps that 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.
Packed with opportunities to learn and play tennis the sessions at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park will be running from Monday 6th to Thursday 9th April and from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th April. Sessions are available as morning, afternoon (excludes Friday) options and there are also both two and five-day packages for children aged from four years old (children must be 5 and over to stay for the full day). Mornings will be tennis orientated while the afternoon sessions also include multi-sports, all players are invited to join in the Easter fun and find all the hidden eggs.
Each child should dress appropriately for tennis activities (layers when cold, sunscreen and a hat when hot) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk
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.
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.”
Look out for the Bring A Buddy week next term 😉
Junior performance player Hayden Cummings won the 12 & under Boys title at the East Winter County Tour held at Cantley Park in Berkshire.
In the quarter final Cummings beat Aarush Garde 4-0, 4-0, Harry Caulton in the semis 4-2, 4-1 and James Parnwell 4-3(6), 4-0 in the final to win teh event.
Cummings was runner-up in the South East Winter County Tour 14 & under Boys singles played at the Guildford Tennis Academy. In the quarter finals he beat Haydn Wydenbach 4-0, 4-0 followed by Lev Surkov in the semis 4-2, 4-0 but lost a three set battle in the final against Sebastian Goodbody 2-4, 4-0, 10-3 to finish as runner-up.
Congratulations Hayden 😉
Performance player Hayden Cummings won the 12 & under Boys singles event at the Our Lady of Muswell Christmas Tournament in Middlesex.
After a bye in the first round Cummings beat Daniel Ben Yair 3-4(5), 4-2, 1-0(6) in round two, Dylan Powell 4-1, 4-2 in the quarters and Obi Budworth in the semis 4-2, 4-0. In the final he defeated former clubmate Nikesh Reddy Bomma 4-2, 4-1.
Congratulations Hayden 😉
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.
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 😉
Performance player Hayden Cumming has been busy competing in different tournaments in both singles and doubles competitions.
Last weekend he won the 12 & under Boys title at the Bucks Indoor Winter County Tour held at the Bucks Indoor Tennis Centre in High Wycombe. In the quarter final he beat Theron Mixides 4-1, 4-2 followed by Gabriel Hall 4-1, 4-2 in the semis and then defeated Gabriel Riminton in the final 4-0, 4-2 to win the event.
At the South West Winter County Tour held at Totally Tennis last month Cummings and partner Thomas Allen-Green competed in the 14 & under Boys Doubles event finishing in 5th place. In the first round, of the event run by coach Liam Hignett, the pair beat Edward Hewlett/Tom Harris 3-4 (4), 4-1, [10-6] but then lost to eventual runners-up Aidan Fletcher/Dennis Dimov in the quarters 3-4 (11), 4-1, [10-2]. They then played Daniel Joita/Conrad Plum in their first play-off match winning 4-0, 4-1 and then beat Christian Rowbotham/Cesar Muresan 4-1, 4-1 in their second play-off match to finish in 5th position overall.
In the East Winter County Tour, held at Maidenhead Lawn Tennis Centre, Cummings competed in the 12 & under Boys Doubles event with partner Theodor Kraytchev. Unfortunately the boys lost in the first round against eventual winners James Parnwell/Conrad Plum 4-2, 3-4(4), [11-9] but went on to win the consolation event after beating Thomas Taylor-Widgery/Ben Shaer in the semis 4-3(3), 4-0 and Zac Peters/Joshua Fienberg in the final 4-0, 4-0.
Congratulations Hayden 😉
Development squad players Tobi Adeniran (Red) and Luca Dharwar (Orange) were crowned the winners at last weekends TT Tour Grand finals held at the indoor centre.
In the Red event Adeniran won all five of his round robin matches to book his semi-final place beating Gabriella Dyer 10-6, Carter Grout 10-3, Hamish Harwell 10-4, Dylan Mills 10-5 and Maxim Perelighn 10-2. Runner-up Mills joined him in the next round after winning three matches against Grout 10-6, Harwell 10-6 and Perelighn 10-4.
In the second group Shrihan Chakraborty also won all of his five matches to progress to the semis; he beat Lewis Gambrill 10-6, Ivy Grout 10-1, Jasmine Paul 10-4, Rakshit Saiavanakumar 10-2 and Elliot Wrench 10-0. Gambrill beat Grout 10-8, Paul 10-7, Saiavanakumar 10-4 and Wrench 10-4 to earn the fourth semi-final place. In the semi finals Adeniran defeated Lewis Gambrill 10 – 9 and Chakraborty beat Mills 10 – 2. Adeniran then beat Chakraborty in the final ** – * to become the Red champion.
In the Orange competition Dharwar beat Charlie Burridge 4-2, Liam Durangparang 4-0 and Kaian Harris- Piper 4-0 to win the title.
Coach Loic said, “Great to see a growing number of children from squads take part in the TT tour. It gives them something to work on and put the practice into play at the end of every month.” He added,” I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part and look forward to seeing them on the 14th December for the Christmas event.“
Totally Tennis has teamed up with DSActive, a programme run by the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA), to provide opportunities for children with Down’s Syndrome to play tennis at the indoor centre.
This sessions, run during term time, take place on Sunday mornings with coach Dom and the group young players between the ages of 10-18 years learn the basic strokes and tactics of tennis as well as developing agility, balance and coordination.
Head Coach James McIntosh said “It’s great to see so many smiling faces and the players enjoying their sessions. He’d added, “Since they have started we have seen a significant improvement in developing their co-ordination skills and their ability to rally with the coach.”
As well as the DS session’s Totally Tennis offers coaching specifically designed for players with disabilities as part of the club’s community programme. The coaches have many aids to help children with disabilities along with fun games and drills to aid learning.
As part of the successful Totally Tennis schools programme Head Coach James McIntosh visited local schools to deliver tennis assemblies, all the pupils involved were then invited to attend a FREE junior tennis open day. Part of the LTA Big Tennis Weekends initiative, open days are designed to give children an opportunity to try tennis at a club on real tennis courts with LTA qualified coaches.
Head coach James McIntosh said, “The event went really well and it was great to give so many children the opportunity to play tennis at the centre and for some it was their first time in picking up a racket.” he added, ” Since the event Totally Tennis has managed to expand its schools programme with the introduction of an after schools club at St Johns which we are looking forward to getting started next week.”
The Totally Tennis schools programme has not only given children the opportunity to play tennis but also produced countless players and coaches over the years. Some of these players have represented their respective schools and the club in many competitions, even winning National titles. The club also runs curriculum and after school sessions as well as the annual schools tournaments at the indoor centre.
Find out more about the Totally Tennis Schools Programme and Junior Development Squads by telephone 01256 358816, e-mail email@example.com or visit our website here. Read all our latest news on our blog here