World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – Friday 30th September

Totally Tennis are once again hosting a tennis and coffee morning as part of Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning campaign. On Friday 30th September, the club will host its Friday morning tennis session from 10am followed by coffee and cakes at 11.30am at the indoor centre, inviting guests to join together to contribute to the charity’s goal to raise its £8 million target.

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In 2015 the charity celebrated the 25th anniversary of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning raising a whopping £27.6 million in the process. Headline partner Marks and Spencer contributed a massive £2.2million of that total alone via its staff and customers.  The annual event, which the club has always supported has become part of the club’s charity event calendar, encouraging its players to get fit and healthy whilst raising money for a good cause and do a little baking too. There are now 2.5 million people in the UK living with cancer and it’s estimated that by 2030 that figure will be closer to 4 million people. Macmillan want to be there for them all, their goal is to make sure no one faces cancer alone, providing medical, emotional, practical and financial support, as well as campaigning for better cancer care. From diagnosis, through treatment and beyond Macmillan provide constant support to fight life’s biggest challenge.
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Last year supporters of Macmillan Cancer Support raised a combined total of £229 million, an £11.8 million increase on 2014 and reached 5.8 million people affected by cancer. Did you know that just £28 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for an hour, helping people living with cancer and ensuring that their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support. Find out more information about Macmillan’s Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning hereTotally Tennis’ ninety minute morning sessions provides a healthy mixture of coaching, fitness and social match play in mixed sessions every Monday and Friday from 10.00am – 11.30am. For more information, please telephone 01256 358816 or visit our website www.totallytennis.co.uk
 Some of the ladies enjoying the 2015 event at Totally Tennis
Information and official advertising material sourced from coffee.macmillan.org.uk

Bates Wins Most Improved Player at Annual Family Tournament

Penny Bates is a regular at Totally Tennis playing up to three times a week in the adult programme run at the indoor centre, attending weekly ladies mornings and drills sessions.

Tennis is a sport enjoyed by her whole family and back in 1999 Bates’ mother, Margaret suggested that the family kept in touch by holding an annual family tennis tournament. Margaret had played at Wimbledon before the Second World War and her entire family were enthusiastic and very talented tennis players. The tournament has taken place every year since then except one at various locations throughout England hosted by one of the family. This year it took place at St George’s Lawn Tennis Club in Weybridge with thirty-one competitors ranging in age from late teens to mid 70’s.

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The tournament took place on very well kept grass courts and lasted from mid morning to late afternoon in a round robin format. Although Bates did not win overall, she was given the cup for the most improved player thanks to the coaching she receives at Totally Tennis.

Bates said, “I play at Totally Tennis up to three times a week taking part in the Monday and Friday morning drills run by Head Coach James and on Wednesday at the drills session run by James, Jordan and occasionally George.” she added, “I cannot praise the coaching staff enough for their dedication and enthusiasm.”

Bates’ cousin Jenny Cornfield who won the women’s section also has a connection with Totally Tennis as she attended a weekend course run by Shyam Vitlani at Hampshire Court Hotel last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, finding it very helpful.

Congratulations Penny and Jenny 😉

ITV’s Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day

Totally Tennis will be taking part in ITV’s Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 18th December, with 100% of donations will go to Macmillan Cancer Support , Make a Wish Uk and Save the Children.

Everyone coming to Ladies Morning and Squads on that day will be asked to don their best Christmas Jumper and donate, of course the coaches will be wearing their best festive woolies too. 

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Text Santa is a charity initiative set up in 2011 by ITV to support UK-based charities during the Christmas period. The appeal to the public is to donate money mainly via text donation. On Friday 18 December, whether you’re at school, at work or with your friends, wear your Christmas jumper with pride, and make your woolly worthy by donating to the cause. In the evening, ITV will be holding a three-hour Christmas charity appeal spectacular while entertaining the nation and asking for help in giving hope this Christmas to families in difficulty.

ITV are supporting the work of Macmillan Cancer SupportMake-A-Wish UK and Save the Children. From helping those affected by crises, to granting wishes to children fighting life-threatening conditions, to funding nurses so those with cancer get the care they need, Text Santa will give hope to families in the UK and overseas.

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Find out more by visiting www.itv.com/textsanta

Charity Fundraising Efforts

Totally Tennis held it’s World’s Biggest Coffee morning event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support alongside the clubs’ regular Ladies Morning session last Friday. The ladies enjoyed the drills and matchplay session followed by coffee and a choice of delicious cakes at the indoor centre. The event raised just over £60 which Totally Tennis matched so overall the club contributed £120 to the charity’s goal to meet its target for this year.

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The club has been a regular supporter of the annual coffee morning event for many years, raising money to donate to the charity which improves the lives of people and their families affected by cancer. Last year the nationwide coffee morning events raised £25 million and the charity aims to raise even more this year.

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The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest charity fundraising event raising money to enable the charity to provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care in this country. The money raised at events like the coffee morning funds vital services and enables the charity to work alongside people affected by cancer and improve cancer care, making a real difference in people’s lives. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer, Macmillan can help.

TT1Centre Manager and master cake baker Emily Wootton said, “The Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning is something we have always supported and I pleased that our players had the opportunity to get involved again this year, helping to make a difference whilst enjoying their hobby.

Totally Tennis Ladies Morning sessions provides a healthy mixture of coaching and social match play in a ladies only sessions every Monday and Friday from 10.00am – 11.30am. For more information, please telephone 01256 358816 or visit our website www.totallytennis.co.uk

Adults News

Due to popular request Totally Tennis have introduced a NEW ADULT SOCIAL MATCHPLAY session on the last Sunday of every month. The first one is on Sunday 27th September from 2- 4pm and will cost £10 per player.  Come along and join in the fun and help us make it a success!

Don’t forget it’s also the MacMillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Ladies Morning this Friday from 10am onwards. Join us for coffee and cakes and help raise money for this great cause.

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Player Profile: Hilary Oliver

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HILARY OLIVER

Squad: Drills, Ladies Morning and Matchplay

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Twenty-eight

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Looking for some coaching

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Serena Williams

What do you like most about the sport?

You can enjoy if from 9 – 90 years

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Backhand slice dropshot

How often do you play?

2 – 3 times a week

Do you play any other sport?

Badminton, swimming, netball 

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Still here when others have retired!

Player Profile: Lindsey Trotter

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LINDSEY TROTTER

Age:  Sixty-one

Squad: 50+ and Ladies Morning

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Five

How were you introduced to the sport?

At school

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Can play indoor’s in winter three times a week

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Serena Williams

What do you like most about the sport?

Fun and exercise combined

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Slice backhand

How often do you play?

Between one and six times a week

Do you play any other sport?

Cycling

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Sill playing!