April in Pictures | 2020

IMG_8062At Home with The Hignetts – a series of fun games and challenges to keep active at home from our very own performance players and coaches Liam & Isla Hignett (see full series on Facebook and Instagram)

IMG_8071The viral toilet roll challenge (see video in full on Facebook)


Liam & Isla completed Andy Murray’s 100 Volley Challenge demonstrated by him and his wife Kim in their garden

Coach Dom tried out Roger Federer’s volley drill against the wall

IMG_8067Some of our performance players put together a fun TikTok (see video in full on Facebook)

Our team starred in fun Easter video (see full video on Facebook)

IMG_8064Another day, another challenge with Head Coach James (see full video on Facebook)

Andy Murray and Kiki Bertens swapped their rackets for playstation controllers and won the ‘virtual’ Madrid Open titles from and then donated their winnings to charity

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.


Coaches Long and McIntosh Attend Tennis For Kids Training n Portsmouth

Tennis Director Nigel Long and Head Coach James McIntosh attended the latest Tennis for Kids course held at Portsmouth Tennis Centre, following in the footsteps of coach Steph Catlin who already attended the Oxford course.

Along with the specific Tennis for Kids course training the duo got to meet former British No. 1 Katie O’Brian who reached career-high singles ranking of World number 84 and Naomi Cavaday who was at the time of her retirement British number 6 with a world ranking of World number 231.


If you are looking for a fun and fitness activity for your children look no further than Tennis for Kids that returns next week 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 Long, McIntosh and 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).

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?

Tennis for kids 2018

Totally Tennis will be running these lessons at the indoor centre ……..watch this space as dates will be coming soon! Long and McIntosh will be running their six week course after the May half term – click here to see the course dates once they are uploaded by the end of the week.

Read more about ‘Tennis For Kids’ in previous posts Catlin Attends Tennis For Kids Course in Oxford

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

Totally Tennis Welcomes A New Group Of Tennis Leaders

A new group of secondary school students attended the LTA Tennis Leaders course held at the indoor centre last week. The one-day session, run by Head Coach James McIntosh,  included thirteen candidates from Bishop Challoner pupils and one pupil from Costello Technology College.

McIntosh, himself a young coach who has made the successful transition from player to coach at the club, started his coaching career on the leaders course whilst still at Brighton Hill Community School. Throughout the years the majority of the Totally Tennis coaching team started by playing tennis at the club as teenagers working their way up through the performance squads and showing an interest in coaching as a potential career via the LTA Tennis Leaders Award.


McIntosh said, “The students enjoyed the course and had loads of fun playing in their mini tennis tournament at the end of the day.” he added, “Now the leaders have completed the course they will be helping out with the annual Primary Schools Tournament which is being held at Totally Tennis on Tuesday 8th May“.

Becoming an LTA tennis leader is a young player’s first step onto the tennis coaching pathway and is available for those thirteen and over. The candidates learn a variety of skills including warm-up activties, co-ordination and racket skills, lesson structure and teaching as well as how to run a competition. They also learn important communication and organisation skills which are needed to be a successful coach and are offered support and advice by the coaching team. Voluntary on-court hours are offered as part of the follow-on opportunities at the club to continue their involvement with the game.

Tennis Director Nigel Long, who founded the club, identified a need to retain young players in tennis through both playing, coaching and developing leadership skills and using the existing coaching team to mentor younger players. The tennis leaders course increases the awareness of the coaching opportunities available in sport as a career in this country and is a nationally recognised LTA qualification that is great for a players CV regardless of their choice of career.