Meet Our Assistant Coaches: Andrew Dingwall

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Coach Profile: Andrew Dingwall

Coaching Qualification: Level 2

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?
Four years old

How were you introduced to the sport?
My family all played and were passionate about tennis

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?
The friendly atmosphere of the team

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?
Rafael Nadal

What do you like most about coaching tennis?
The players looking forward to tennis each work and having fun whilst improving at the sport

How often do you coach?
One day a week

Do you play any other sport?
Only skiing once a year

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?
Getting to the sixth form national finals

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Meet Our Assistant Coaches: Harry Feast

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Coach Profile: Harry Feast

Coaching Qualification: LTA Level 1

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Four 

How were you introduced to the sport?

I went to Hampshire Court to try a session

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

I already played there

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Juan Martin Del Potro

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

When you see that something you’ve said makes someone play better

How often do you coach?

Mainly at Tennis Camps so far

Do you play any other sport?

I play floor ball

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Getting to the semi-final of a Grade 3 tournament

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

Meet Our Coaches: Loic Armstrong

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Coach Profile: Loic Armstrong

Coaching Qualification: LTA Level 1

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

Five

How were you introduced to the sport?

My brother played

What made you come to work at Totally Tennis?

Used to play here when I was young

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Gael Monfils

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

Seeing people improve and running fitness sessions

How often do you coach?

Four times a week

Do you play any other sport?

Rugby 7s and plenty of fitness/gym

What is your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Top 10 player in Hampshire County U14 

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

Meet Our Assistant Coaches: Isla Hignett

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Assistant Coach Profile: Isla Hignett

How old were you when you first started playing tennis?

I was four years old and started competing at the age of seven

How were you introduced to the sport?

My brother Liam played and I decided I would give it a go

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

I have trained at Totally Tennis since I was eight and I wanted to help kids find that the love for tennis that I have and have had since a young age

Who is your favourite professional tennis player/s?

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

Being able to see the kids progress and I love to see them enjoying the sport

How often do you coach?

I coach on Mondays and a Fridays 

Do you play any other sport?

No just tennis

What’s your greatest achievement/s in tennis so far?

Being in the  Hampshire team from the age of 10, being sponsored by Mantis and having the opportunity to play at Wimbledon with Tim Henman

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

 

 

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.

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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.

 

 

 

Totally Tennis Bids Farewell To Jamie

Homegrown player to coach Jamie Jordan bids farewell to Totally Tennis today to continue his coaching career at Surbiton Tennis Club in Surrey.

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Jordan, 25 started playing at the club at the age of ten, progressing through the squad programme and he was one of the first players to complete the Tennis Leaders Award whilst aged just fourteen. After leaving school Jordan joined the coaching team and has worked his way up the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) coaching qualification leader to become a level 4 Senior Club Coach teaching both juniors and adults.

With fellow coach Ben Jubin he twice won the Doubles Exhibition Match title beating Head Coach James McIntosh and Simon James. He has also represented the club in the Basingstoke and District Tennis Leagues in the adult teams.

Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “Jamie has been at Totally Tennis ever since he was a young player in squads and we wish him every success for the future now that he is moving on.

Good luck with your new job Jamie!

Coach Profile: Ali Olrog

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ALI OLROG

Qualification:  LTA Level 3

How old were you when you first started tennis?  

Four

How were you introduced to the sport?

Totally Tennis Holiday Camps

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

The high standard of coaching which provided a high standard of players to play with/against

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?  

Rafael Nadal

What do you like most about coaching tennis?

Seeing the progression and improvement of players

How often do you coach?

Full time

Do you play any other sport?

Football and running

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

College National Finals with Queen Mary’s College team