Meet Our Coaches: Dom Mitchell

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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/

 

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September Squad Term

With the summer holidays now over it’s back to school and the return of the Totally Tennis Junior Squads which form part of the club’s junior programme coached by our team of LTA licensed coaches. Totally Tennis juniors squads are run throughout the year designed for children aged from four years upwards that start with mini tennis nets and sponge balls and work up to full sized courts and yellow balls. Every child is given an appropriate squad to join, usually guided by age.

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Mini Development Squads (Under 10’s) include Pirates (4-6 years), Indians (6-8 years), Dodgers (8-9 years) and Giants (9-10 years). Development Squads (Over 10’s) include A, B and C squads are for older players aged eleven and over. Performance Squads include the invitational mini performance squads of Red, Orange and Green for talented players and Yellow squads are for older players in the U12 to U18 categories.

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The 2018 autumn term started on 4th September and will run for sixteen weeks until Friday 20th December 2019 (sessions run throughout half term). There are Open Weeks held during the last week of term in March, July & December where parents are invited to watch their children’s progress during an on court session. Sessions take place at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park as well as some sessions at Hampshire Court.

For more information about the squad programme and session fees telephone 01256 358816 or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk/squads 

 

 

 

 

Busy coach education weekend at the indoor centre

Totally Tennis’ indoor centre was a hive of activity last weekend with coaching candidates participating in Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) level 1 and 2 courses. The club itself has an excellent track record for developing homegrown coaches with several of the current coaching team making the successful transition from player to coach. The club offers its own mentoring programme as well as LTA coach education courses held throughout the year. This weekend was no exception with yellow squad player Harry Feast starting his LTA coaching journey on the Level 1 course.

Totally Tennis’ Director Nigel Long, who is also a director of UCoach and a LTA Master Tutor, said, “It was fantastic to see so many people at the indoor centre this weekend starting their journey into coaching.”  He added, “Candidates come from all over the country to take courses and we hope that their introduction to coaching will inspire them to continue their journey as well as benefitting the players at their respective clubs.”

bc1033a9-5ac3-41c4-8f19-19c57a879603Totally Tennis is one of three coach education centres operated by UCoach, the others being Batchwood and Sutton, that deliver LTA courses on behalf of the country’s national governing body of tennis. UCoach, the largest coach education provider in the UK trains over 1000 coaches a year from level 1-4. Alongside fellow LTA tutors Long delivers a variety of courses across the various levels at Totally Tennis every year.

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Meet Our Coaches: Julia Moore

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Coach Profile: Julia Moore

Coaching Qualification?  Level 3, Accredited + coach

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

I was 11 which is a bit late for juniors 

How were you introduced to the sport?

My mum and dad used to play and have me sat at the side when I was very young but eventually I bugged them to let me try. They gave me a very old large wooden racket which was far too big!! No such thing as mini tennis when I started. I taught myself by hitting against a wall. Once I started hitting with my family, my dad used to rush the net after the first shot of every rally. He’s 6’1 so that was quite fun for a kid! Once I started beating him, I tried out for a club scholarship which I got and went on from there.

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

Nigel taught me on my level 3 course and so I know that I’ll continue to develop as a coach with him. I also did some research and knew that Totally Tennis offered a good programme for all sorts of different standards of players and ages. The coaching is well respected in tennis circles – put simply, it’s a proper tennis club and programme.

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Dominika Cibulkova because she’s quite short for a tennis player yet she’s a force to be reckoned with on court. It’s all to do with her athleticism and attitude. She’s got one of the best fighting attitudes out there, in my opinion, plus she makes sure to enjoy her life outside of tennis. I think mental attitude and life balance is sometimes neglected in professional tennis and I think it can help someone have longevity in the game. Her go-getting attitude is very similar to Rafa Nadal who I love too.

Years ago, my favourites were Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi because of their huge groundstrokes, especially forehands! She was always classy on court and treated everyone with respect, while obviously being a hugely competitive player. Andre Agassi likewise; his autobiography is one of the best tennis books I’ve read and such a good story that I even recommend it to people who don’t play tennis.

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I love it when someone suddenly understands something and then they can do it. I also really like it when I can help a good player become better when they realise how important mental toughness is.

How often do you coach?

About 4-5 days a week

Do you play any other sport?

Golf and sometimes skiing

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

I’ve got two – one personal and one due to someone else’s achievement. Firstly, I’m glad I started playing competitively again about four years ago and eventually, I won my first ITF seniors tournament last year. Secondly, I’m so proud of a young girl I sometimes hit with who is a top junior in Britain and has just flown off to play a round of international ITF tournaments – she’s not only talented and ambitious but a kind girl.

Meet Our Coaches: Steph Catlin

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Coach Profile: Steph Catlin

Coaching Qualification: LTA Level 2

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Nine

How were you introduced to the sport?

Holiday camps at TT

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

It’s home from home 🙂

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Serena Williams, she’s a Queen

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

Meeting all different types of people from all walks of life

How often do you coach?

Four times a week

Do you play any other sport?

Does CrossFit count? 

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Obtaining a tennis scholarship to a Division 1 University in the USA

 

Meet Our Coaches: Jamie Barry

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Coaching Qualification:   Level 3

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Two

How were you introduced to the sport?

Through my parents as my mum’s a tennis coach and my dad’s a keen player.

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

My coach and idol growing up was Jason Jokhoo who grew up playing at Totally Tennis and coached there for years before moving to Salisbury. He always spoke really highly of Totally Tennis and Nigel Long so when I got the chance to join the team, learn from great coaches and work with really good players while following in Jason’s footsteps it was a no brainer!

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I really enjoy seeing players enjoying tennis and improving their game at the same time.

How often do you coach?

Six days a week

Do you play any other sport?

Football and Golf

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

As a player I’ve won the county closed doubles three times but my most proud moment was watching a player I’ve coached for years playing at Wimbledon in the Road to Wimbledon competition.

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

Meet Our Coaches: Liam Hignett

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Coach Profile: Liam Hignett

Coaching Qualification:   Level 3 Accredited

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Ten

How were you introduced to the sport?

Through a school taster session

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

Great, local centre, enthusiastic players and ultimately, a fantastic coaching team who I enjoy working with.

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

I love seeing people reach their goals and targets, whatever level they are playing at, and I love supporting them towards this.

How often do you coach?

More or less, every day!

Do you play any other sport?

I used to do cross country, football, hockey and various athletics events during my time in school.

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Certainly 2016 GB National Championships, becoming a National Doubles Champion and being in the top 8 in the singles.