Meet Our Assistant Coaches: Harry Feast

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Coach Profile: Harry Feast

Coaching Qualification: LTA Level 1

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Four 

How were you introduced to the sport?

I went to Hampshire Court to try a session

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

I already played there

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Juan Martin Del Potro

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

When you see that something you’ve said makes someone play better

How often do you coach?

Mainly at Tennis Camps so far

Do you play any other sport?

I play floor ball

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Getting to the semi-final of a Grade 3 tournament

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

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October Half Term 2019

The October half term is already rapidly approaching. Are you looking for healthy alternative for your children in the school holidays where they will have lots of fun and learn a new sport? Totally Tennis has just the answer, the Tennis and Multi-sport camps are the perfect to keep children active whilst having lots of fun, learn a new sport and making new friends.

Packed with opportunities to play tennis and other sports such as basketball, football, hockey and rounders, the sessions will take place at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke. Camps will running all week from Monday 26th October to Friday 1st November from 9.00am – 4.00pm (full day*) and bookable in various options (morning, afternoon and full-day).

Tennis camps are great fun and include lots of games and mini-competitions for both new and experienced players alike for all children aged four to fifteen years. It’s a safe environment with Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) fully qualified, licensed and experienced coaches and the centre has OFSTED accreditation.

For more information about the school holiday programme held at Totally Tennis please call 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our www.totallytennis.co.uk

*Children must be five years and over to stay all day at Tennis Camps.

LTA Big Tennis Weekends

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.

9a9c066c-f3c0-4fd6-97c1-e5c80c8031f0.jpegHead 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.”

4180ba61-0e4b-42ec-b91a-fd822df176a9.jpgThe 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 tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website here. Read all our latest news on our blog here

 

 

 

 

September In Pictures

14151087-9cc4-40dc-937d-d8c735cc1f7a.jpg50+ players enjoying the September sun on the outdoor courts

0C65F596-023D-4E18-AE3F-49CD96CE5B6DCoach Dominic Mitchell joined the coaching team on a full time basis

510e9d74-31c8-49cf-88d3-fb140df7b3faThe 50+ players enjoying their regular Wednesday morning session with Head Coach James

IMG_1237Coach Steph Catlin and former coach Ben Jubin successfully defended their Basingstoke Open Mixed Doubles title to win again this year

f95e1411-e433-4ff9-a448-745a2331c48fCoaches James and Liam held an Under 9 Boys County Training session (above and below)

19668576-e6ef-45bd-b113-b3956855ca9c.jpgIMG_1234Performance player and coaching assistant Harry Feast won the 18 & under Boys singles title at the East Winter County Tour Oxford Sports tournament

5fd669d7-e517-4412-b3fe-e32ae3d4bb38Coaches Loic and Andrew held the latest TT Tour event

Meet our homegrown coaches in our latest interviews

IMG_7032Head coach James Mcintosh delivered Tennis Assemblies at local schools 

2788c383-db58-44f6-bf4e-06963d0e546fThe club held its annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support

Local school children attended the Free Big Weekend Open Day event

 

Meet Our Coaches: Loic Armstrong

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Coach Profile: Loic Armstrong

Coaching Qualification: LTA Level 1

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Five

How were you introduced to the sport?

My brother played

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

Used to play here when I was young

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Gael Monfils

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

Seeing people improve and running fitness sessions

How often do you coach?

Four times a week

Do you play any other sport?

Rugby 7s and plenty of fitness/gym

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Top 10 player in Hampshire County U14 

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

TT Tour 2019

The first TT Tour for Red and Orange players took place last weekend at the indoor centre. The event, run by coach Loic Armstrong and assistant coach Andrew Dingwall, gave junior players a taste of competition. On this occasion the Red tournament was won by Shrihan Chakraborty. He defeated Shrayan Subash 10-8, Anvi Arora 10 – 6 and Shauna Rana 10-3 to claim overall victory. Subash was runner-up after beating Arora 10-7 and Rana 10-5. Arora finished in third place and Rana was fourth.

In the Orange event,  Ayush Thondapu was crowned the winner and Archie Taylor finished in second place. Thondapu beat Taylor 16-14, Harry Parton 10-1, Jasmine Paul 10-2, and Jessica Parton 10-2. Taylor defeated both the Parton siblings 10-0 and Paul 10-2. There was a three way tie for third place between the remaining players.

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The TT Tour is a competition programme for Totally Tennis junior players with several tournaments held throughout the year. The next event will be the Green & Yellow tournaments on Saturday 5th October – see schedule below for full list of dates. 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.

Date

Tournament

Ball Colour

Time

Saturday 21st September

US Open

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Saturday 5th October

US Open

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

Saturday 26th October

Halloween Tour

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Sunday 27th October

Halloween Tour

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

Saturday 23rd November

World Tour Finals

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Sunday 24th November

World Tour Finals

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

Saturday 14th December

Christmas Tour

Red & Orange

1pm – 3pm

Sunday 15th December

Christmas Tour

Green & Yellow

1pm – 3pm

RED (Pirates, Indians, Red Squad) and ORANGE (Dodgers and Orange Squad)

GREEN (Giants and Green Squad) and YELLOW (A,B,C and Performance Squads)

 

PLAYERS MUST BOOK IN BEFORE THE EVENT. There must be a minimum of 4 players per age group for each tournament to be played. Each event costs £6.50 per player. All players interested in participating can book in reception or call the office on 01256 358816.

Meet Our Assistant Coaches: Isla Hignett

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Assistant Coach Profile: Isla Hignett

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

I was four years old and started competing at the age of seven

How were you introduced to the sport?

My brother Liam played and I decided I would give it a go

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

I have trained at Totally Tennis since I was eight and I wanted to help kids find that the love for tennis that I have and have had since a young age

Who is your favourite professional tennis player/s?

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

Being able to see the kids progress and I love to see them enjoying the sport

How often do you coach?

I coach on Mondays and a Fridays 

Do you play any other sport?

No just tennis

What’s your greatest achievement/s in tennis so far?

Being in the  Hampshire team from the age of 10, being sponsored by Mantis and having the opportunity to play at Wimbledon with Tim Henman

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