Meet Our Coaches: Dom Mitchell

0C65F596-023D-4E18-AE3F-49CD96CE5B6D

Coach Profile: Dom Mitchell

Qualifications: LTA Level 3 Coach, BSc Sports Science and MSc Applied Sports Physiology

How old were you when you first started tennis?

I first started playing tennis at the age of 8 and haven’t looked back since

How were you introduced to the sport?

By my friends at school

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

I came to Totally Tennis to do my coaching qualifications and fortunately was able to stay and work

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

My favourite players are Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I love watching the players I coach improve and get better at the sport. Having an opportunity to be loud, fun and energetic

How often do you coach?

Every day and as much as possible

Do you play any other sport?

I would like to get back into football and some running

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

My greatest achievement is gaining my Level 3 coaching qualification and winning the mixed doubles championship at my tennis club

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

 

Hignett Competes in ITF Futures Events

Performance player Liam Hignett, who is now coaching at the club during his gap year, is competing in a series of high profile and ITF (International Tennis Federation) pro-circuits tournaments across the country.

His first event at the beginning of the month was the LTA British Tour Paddington Open Mens Singles held at Paddington Sports Club. In the first round Hignett beat eighth seed Jack Gibbens 6-4, 6-4 followed by Jamie Caprice 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the quarters before losing in the semi finals against Sean Hodkin 6-2, 7-5.

He then starting competing in the ITF Futures events. His first event was the Great Britain F4 Futures event held at Nottingham Tennis Centre where he lost in the first round of singles qualifying draw against George Davies 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 7-5. The second tournament was the F5 Futures event held at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, London where he lost to Jonathon Binding in the first round of the singles qualifying 6-3, 7-6(6). This coming week he will play in the F6 Futures tournament in Barnstaple at the Tarka Tennis Centre.

b2ad4954-96a3-4ebd-b10b-345921689608

Hignett, who is current Hampshire & IOW County Championships Men’s champion, will be coaching at Totally Tennis sharing his experience and expertise with both adult and junior players as well as offering private lessons and hitting sessions for performance players looking for that extra practice. He will also be studying for his LTA level 3 coach qualification and continuing to run competitions at the club.

Read more about Hignett’s gap year plans here 

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.

IMG_5528

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.

IMG_5529

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

 

 

Coach Profile: Jordan Frederick

img_8034

JORDAN FREDERICK

Qualification:   Level 3 Tennis Coach/BTEC Diploma in Tennis Coaching

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Seven

How were you introduced to the sport?

My local club came to my school

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

To progress in my career, become a better coach, gain more qualifications and join a well known tennis establishment

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Roddick and Genie Bouchard

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

The buzz on court, improving myself as a coach and watching the progress of the people that I coach

How often do you coach?

40+ hours a week

Do you play any other sport?

I used to play every sport I could, now I just play tennis and every now and then I go sailing.

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Achieving top 3 in the UK for apprentice of the year. Competing regional and national competitions.

Next Level for Dingwall

Totally Tennis performance player and coaching assistant Nick Dingwall has passed his Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Level 3 coaching award.

photo-35

Dingwall started playing tennis at the club when he was just four years old, working his way up through the development and performance squad programme. He won the Boys Schools Doubles Tournament while representing Brighton Hill Community College and at the age of fourteen starting assisting at the club as part of the Totally Tennis Tennis Leaders Programme.

Dingwall was a volunteer coach at the club between the ages of fourteen to sixteen and took both his LTA Level 1 and 2 coaching awards. He gained lots of experience coaching juniors, adults and people with disabilities as well as some performance players under the mentoring scheme working with all the coaches at the indoor centre.

Dingwall said “I am pleased to pass my Level 3 award which I worked hard to achieve. I hope to go to university when I finish at QMC to study Sports Coaching and Development.

Boys Doubles Team with SarahDingwall (last on right) with teammates (L to R) Ali Olrog, Loic Armstrong and PE teacher Sarah Goldson

Last year, Dingwall was part of the highly successful Queen Mary’s College (QMC) tennis team where he played as number two seed and was unbeaten in all his singles matches until the last match of the season. He won every doubles match when paired with fellow coaching assistant Ali Olrog.

IMG_5013Dingwall (3rd Right) with (L to R) coach Ben Clarke and fellow coaching assistants Jordan Hughes and Olrog

Dingwall recently completed his voluntary hours at Wimbledon for his Community Sports Leaders Award working alongside QMC PE teacher Sarah Goldson in her other role as Ballboy/Ballgirl (BBG) Manager at the annual Wimbledon Championships.  Dingwall assisted with general operational duties and supervising of the BBGs, learning about some of the key aspects of their on court work.

Nick Wimbledon-2Dingwall at Wimbledon earlier this year

Tennis Director Nigel Long said “Congratulations to Nick! It’s another success story for the Totally Tennis mentoring scheme facilitating player to coach transition. I am pleased that we are continuing to motivate players and retain them in the game in their career.”