Hignett Takes On Gap Year Coaching Role

Performance player and former Sherfield School Tennis Scholar Liam Hignett is putting his gap year to good use by taking on a coaching role at the club where he will be working with both adults and juniors in various sessions at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre. He will also be continuing his tournament referee role as well as competing in a variety of tournaments countrywide and studying for his Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) level 3 coaching qualification.

Hignett, who completed his A levels the summer, decided to forgo his scholarship at Tennessee Technological University (TTU) in favour of studying at university in the UK after his gap year which we see him concentrate on competing and progressing his coaching career.

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Current Hampshire & IOW County Championships Men’s champion, Hignett will be sharing his experience and expertise with players in the junior development and orange/green squads, adults drills, Saturday munchkin and junior clubs as well as the weekend Pirates and Indians squads. He will also be offering private lessons as well as hitting sessions for performance players looking for that extra practice.

His level 3 coach qualification* starts next week and will be completed in January 2019. He will learn many skills including how to coach beginners and improvers in groups and as individuals, understanding the basics of business management and the competitive structure in the UK and work with level 1 and 2 coaching assistants. Alongside the four modules Hignett will need to undertake coaching experience with a mentor, compile a portfolio and pass a final on court practical coaching assessment.

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Hignett completed the LTA referee development course that enables him to run events at the club such as the recent LTA South West Summer County Tour series. He will be running South West Winter County Tour series at Totally Tennis between September and March for juniors aged from eight to eighteen – to find out more about the tournaments and to enter visit www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/

Hignett said, “I am looking forward to coaching regularly at Tennis Totally in between my tournaments that are scheduled during my gap year. This will provide me with some more experience that will prove to be useful in the future.”

For more information contact Totally Tennis on 01256 358816 or Hignett via Instagram and Facebook

*LTA Level 3 course information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk

 

 

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Tough Match for Totally Tennis 10U Team Against Portsmouth

The Totally Tennis 10 and under team have moved to second place in the Mixed Division 1 of the Team Tennis Hampshire & IOW 2018 league, just behind Winchester Racquets and Fitness, after losing their away match against Portsmouth Tennis Academy (PTA) last weekend.

The team of Hayden Cummings, Dylan Cooper Kirby, Guhan Chendhilkumar and Charlie Mackenzie travelled to Portsmouth with coaches Jamie Jordan and Jordan Frederick to compete in the fixture that took place on Sunday. In the singles Cummings was the only player to win his match beating Savva Sujetov 4-2, 5-3 so the scoreline was 3-1 to the home team going into the doubles.

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Unfortunately things didn’t go to plan in the doubles either with the pairing of Cummings/Cooper Kirby losing against Sujetov/William Harrison 5-3, 4-2 and Chendhilkumar/Mackenzie being beaten by Meru Shrivastva/Zachary Cocker 4-1, 4-2. The final score was 10-2 to PTA and with Winchester beating David Lloyd Southampton A 12-0 in their fixture on Sunday they have moved to the top of the table.

Jamie said, “I thought the team played very well but unfortunately couldn’t get the win but we are all very proud of them.”

The Totally Tennis team now have one more away match to play this season on Sunday 17th June against Winchester. There’s everything to play for as all three teams at the top (Winchester, TT and PTA) level on 4 points each, but it’s going to be a tough match and Winchester have a game in hand. Good Luck boys 😉

Photo credit: www.instagram.com/jamiejordantennis/

 

 

LTA Summer Tournaments at Totally Tennis

Performance player Liam Hignett is running a series of Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) tournaments at Totally Tennis this summer.

The first two events are now open for entries (click on the links below to enter)

Saturday 30th June – 16U Boys and Girls Doubles (Grade 4)

16U Doubleshttps://www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/Competition/?ctn=1-FKZ5P80

Sunday 1st July – 12U Boys and Girls Singles (Grade 5)

12U Singles – https://www3.lta.org.uk/Competitions/Competition/?ctn=1-FKZEKOA

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Further tournaments will be held in July and August as per the table above – for more information visit www3.lta.org.uk/competitions
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Tennis is a sport for everyone – Play for FREE at Totally Tennis on Saturday 12th May

Try tennis for FREE at Totally Tennis this coming weekend (Saturday 12th May 2018) as part of the Law Tennis Assosication’s national Great British Tennis Weekend (GBTW) events. There will be something to suit the whole family at the indoor centre located in Basingstoke’s War Memorial Park including Mini Tennis, Juniors and Adults sessions as well as lots of other fun activities to keep the whole family entertained.

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Don’t worry if you don’t have your own rackets as all equipment will be provided – just come along and enjoy the fun, whether you’ve never picked up a racket before or you’re a regular player.

Saturday 12 May – 10:00 – 15:00

We are running different sessions throughout the day for juniors (all ages), adults only and for families too. No need to worry if it rains, with four indoor and four outdoor courts we play tennis all year round ! Our coaches are all LTA qualified, CRB checked and great fun ! Please book onto a session or register that you will be coming along and we look forward to meeting you at our open day.

Mini Tennis – Under 9’s (10:00am – 11:00am)

Children between 3 and 8 years old can get stuck into the world of tennis with an exciting programme from the LTA sponsored by Highland Spring. With smaller courts, nets and rackets and lower bouncing balls, LTA Mini Tennis offers the perfect introduction to the sport, with all the fun and energy of the real thing.

Reserve your place HERE

Adult Coaching (10:00am – 11:00am)

Try our adult coaching taster session. Ideal for people new to the sport or who haven’t picked up a racket in a long time. You can borrow our rackets if you don’t have your own, just come prepared to hit a few balls and have some fun.

Reserve your place HERE

Juniors – 9 – 15yrs (11:00am – 12:30pm)

No matter what your ability you’ll have fun on court with of junior players your age. Coaches will be on hand to offer tips to help your game and advice on how you can continue to play.

Reserve your place HERE

**Look out for the promotional offer that will be available on the day**

For more information about Totally Tennis call 01256 358816 and to find out about the the GBTW open days and to book online click here

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First photo used with courtesy of clubspark.lta.org.uk/opendays

Chandrasekars Win The Quorn™ Family Tennis Cup

Neel Chandrasekar and his father Chandri were the winners of The Quorn™ Family Tennis Cup that took place at the indoor centre on Saturday run by performance player and assistant coach Miles Bromilow.

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Even thought there was a disappointing turnout in terms of entries the juniors and their respective parents enjoyed their matches. The Chandrasekars beat Roksana Jelonek and her father Chris 10-6 and Aaditya Kumar and his father Raj 10-2. The Jeloneks were runners-up after they defeated the Kumars 10-6.

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The Chandrasekars have won the opportunity to spend a day at a LTA grass court major event in June. In addition to watching all the on court action, they will also have the chance to play against other winners on the day.

Bromilow said of the event, “I would like to congratulate all of the competitors and especially Neel and his father for winning this Years Quorn Family Cup” he added, “The winning pair will now enjoy one of the LTAs premier grass court events and play against other event winners. Good Luck!!

The Quorn™ Family Tennis Cup is a nationwide Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) event designed to give families the opportunity to play tennis in an informal, fun competition run at their local venue such as Totally Tennis. It not only encourages families to play more tennis together but also to eat healthy food to complement an active lifestyle.

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Read more about The Quorn™ Family Tennis Cup events at Totally Tennis in previous posts The Quorn™ Family Tennis Cup 2018 and The Quorn Family Tennis Cup

 

 

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The Quorn™ Family Tennis Cup 2018

The Quorn™ Family Tennis Cup will be taking place at Totally Tennis’ indoor centre on Saturday 21st April run by performance player and assistant coach Miles Bromilow.

This nationwide Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) event is designed to give families the opportunity to play tennis in an informal, fun competition run at their local venue such as Totally Tennis. It not only encourages families to play more tennis together but also to eat healthy food to complement an active lifestyle.

 

All juniors players aged 10 & under can enter along with an adult family member to compete in the red ball competition, it can be any adult family member (aged 18 or over) such as a parent, guardian, uncle, auntie, sibling or grandparent.

E8DBCC37-25B3-4AB7-9E1C-4228F75F7C13There will be plenty of prizes on offer and the winners will have the opportunity to spend a day at a LTA grass court major event in June. In addition to watching all the on court action, the winning pair will also have the chance to play against other winners on the day.

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The tournament will start at 1:00 pm and will run till approximately 4:00pm (dependent on number of entries). The cost of the event will be £10 per pair. Please call reception on 01256 358816 to book.

Bromilow said of the upcoming event, “The Quorn Family Cup provides the perfect opportunity for our young players to compete with a family member against their club mates.” he added, “I’m looking forward to seeing who will be more competitive, the juniors or the adults.”

“As well as being a fun event, the winners will also get to experience one of the UK’s major grass court events and get a close up of what it takes to be a professional player.”

Read about the last Quorn Cup event at Totally Tennis in previous post The Quorn Family Tennis Cup

Catlin Attends Tennis For Kids Course in Oxford

Totally Tennis coach Steph Catlin attended the Lawn Tennis Associations (LTA) Tennis for Kids training course at the White Horse Tennis Centre in Oxford on Thursday. Along with the specific training Catlin got to meet World Number One wheelchair tennis player Alfie Hewett, who is also the current French Open singles champion and Wimbledon doubles champion.  She also met Miles Maclagan, former professional player and coach of British Number One Andy Murray and Laura Robson.

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If you are looking for a fun and fitness activity for your children look no further than Tennis for Kids that returns on 5th April 2018. The grassroots initiative gives children, aged between four and eleven, the opportunity to fall in love with tennis by taking part in a six-week introductory course delivered by specially trained and enthusiastic LTA accredited coaches such as Catlin. Each player that signs up for the course will also receive a special Tennis for Kids Babolat racket and ball set as well as a personalised T-shirt delivered right to your door for just £25 (works out to just a little over £4 per week for the six week course).

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The campaign was launched in 2016 and last year 20,000* children throughout the country took part in the LTA’s tennis starter course for children with 98% of parents stating that they were happy with their child’s experience. Why not find out more and get your family involved in 2018?

Totally Tennis will be running these lessons at the indoor centre ……..watch this space as dates will be coming soon!

* Information used with courtesy of clubspark.lta.org.uk/TennisForKids