The Tennis Foundation, in conjunction with Totally Tennis, are visiting ten schools in Basingstoke this week to see over 1000 key stage 1 children and introduce them to playing tennis in fun short sessions. The week long roadshow will culminate in two FREE Tennis Open Days at the Indoor Centre this coming weekend (17th & 18th June – details below).
The schools that will be visited this week are:
Monday 12th June – St Marks and Chalk Ridge
Tuesday 13th June – Great Binfields and North Waltham
Wednesday 14th June – Castle Hill and Silchester
Thursday 15th June – Winklebury and Hatch Warren Infants
Friday 16th June – St Johns and St Bedes
Totally Tennis’ director Nigel Long said “This is an amazing opportunity for local children to try tennis at their respective schools and then visit the club to practice what they have learnt on real tennis courts.”
“We have a fantastic mini tennis programme for junior players from the age of four. We hope to see lots of players signing up to play regularly in our Pirates, Indians, Dodgers and Giants squads and start enjoying a fun new activity.”
The Tennis Foundation is Britain’s leading tennis charity that strives to make sport inclusive and accessible to everyone. The aim is to provide opportunities to encourage people to maximise their potential through tennis by working closely with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and a wide range of partners from across all sectors to deliver their vision and aim. For more information visit www.tennisfoundation.org.uk
For more information about the Schools Tennis Roadshow and the FREE sessions this weekend at Totally Tennis’ Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park please telephone 01256 358816 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org More information about the junior squad programme can be found here and read all our latest news on our blog here
Fourteen teams competed in the Year 3 and 4 primary schools tournament hosted by Totally Tennis at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park earlier this month. The teams competing came from six different schools including Great Binfields Primary (3 teams), St Mary’s Juniors (3 teams), North Waltham Primary (3 teams), Sherborne St John (2 teams), Castle Hill (2 teams) and St Johns.
Each team had four players who were ranked in order of 1 to 4, they played their opposing number from opposing schools. The format of the matches were tie-breaks to 10, each players individual score would count towards the teams overall score. The teams were divided into three groups with the top two teams from each group going through to the Quarter Finals along with the best 2nd and 3rd placed teams.
In the Quarter Final matches North Waltham (1) beat North Waltham Team (3) 3 – 1, St Johns Primary beat Castle Hill (1) 3 – 1, Sherborne St John (1) beat St Mary’s (2) 2 – 2 (Sherborne won on points) and St Mary’s (1) defeated St Mary’s Team (3) 4 – 0.
In the semi-finals St Mary’s (1) beat St Johns 3 – 1 and Sherborne St John beat North Waltham (1) 3 – 1. The overall winners were St Mary’s (1) who defeated Sherborne St John 3 – 1 in the final. In the third/fourth play off match St John’s beat North Waltham (1) 2 – 2 (St John’s won on points won 30 – 29) to finish in third place overall. The St Mary’s (1) team will now go onto compete in the Hampshire Games held next month.
Head Coach James Macintosh who ran the event said “It was great to have fourteen teams compete in this year’s competition and some new teams who have not entered within the last couple of years.”
He added, “The overall standard of this year’s competition was very good and higher than in previous years. It was also nice to see how much some of the less experienced players improved and gained confidence as the day went on.”
Harry Rushbrook won the 8 and under event at The Bourne Club in Farnham
Mini Performance players Tillie Reid and Isla Hignett competed in the 12 & under Doubles at Millfield School in Bath
It was the Primary Schools Tournament back in April (post published in May) and Sherborne St John were the winners (below)
Great British Tennis Weekend event at the Indoor Centre
The Hampshire Court Ladies Vets beat the team from Riverside in their latest Division 1 match in the Hampshire & IOW Babolat Veterans League
Younger players competed in the latest TT Tour event – The French Open
Mini Performance player Aaron Dawson was part of the Hampshire County Cup 10 and under Boys winning team that will now compete in the National Finals
Players enjoying the Holiday Tennis Camps during the Half Term break