Tennis Open Day

Head Coach James McIntosh and the Totally Tennis coaching team were out and about last week visiting local schools in the Basingstoke area giving pupils an exciting opportunity to try tennis. The mini tennis taster sessions were delivered in nine schools and over the five days the coaches saw 1,135 children in total at Great Binfields Primary, Manor Field, Kempshott Juniors, Sherborne St John, St. Mary’s Juniors, Winklebury Infants and Juniors, Fairfields and North Waltham.

Every child seen at the schools was presented with a certificate of participation and an invitation to attend a free Open Day that took place at the indoor centre on Saturday. Lots of children attended the fun two-hour open day session and got to put into practice what they have learnt at school on real tennis courts.

Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “Thanks to the whole TT team for all their hard work in making the Schools Roadshow and the open day such a success.” he added, “We are thrilled to have seen over a thousand children throughout the week and at the open day, I hope the events have encouraged them to take up our fabulous sport!!






The Tennis Foundation, in conjunction with Totally Tennis, visited ten local schools in Basingstoke last week to give over 1000 key stage 1 children an introduction to tennis in fun short mini tennis sessions. The week long roadshow culminated in two Tennis Open Days at the Indoor Centre over the weekend where the children got to practice their new skills on real tennis courts with all the coaching staff.



The tennis roadshow is an amazing opportunity for local schools to give their pupils a chance to try tennis during the school day on specially set up mini tennis courts using smaller rackets and lower bouncing balls. All the children involved were then invited to visit the club’s free Open Weekend to practice what they have learnt in three fun sessions.


Totally Tennis has a very successful mini tennis programme for junior players from the age of four and all the children at the roadshow have been offered follow-on opportunities to play regularly at the club in the Pirates, Indians, Dodgers and Giants squads that make up the Junior Development programme. Mini tennis is not only fun but also helps young players to develop agility, balance and coordination skills and learn a sport that can be continued throughout their live.

Head coach James McIntosh said’ “Over the two days 200 children from all different schools around Basingstoke came down to the indoor centre for the open weekend.” He added, ” It was a great weekend with fun activities and it was good to see so many children trying tennis for the first time.”

The schools involved were Castle Hill (Rooksdown), Rucstall Primary, Castle Hill (Winlebury), Cliddesden Primary School, Great Binfields Primary, Sherborne St John, Winklebury, Manorfield Primary School, St Bedes and North Waltham Primary.

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

For more information about the junior squad programme telephone 01256 358816 or e-mail or visit our website here and read all our latest news on our blog here

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Player Profile: Tristian Thapa



Age: Eight

Squad: Giants

How old were you when you first started tennis?

8 years old

How were you introduced to the sport?

From school

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Wanted to play tennis and it’s the local club

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Friendly matches

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Still learning so not sure yet

How often do you play?

Twice a week

Do you play any other sport?


What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Moving up a level from Dodgers to Giants squad

St Mary’s Junior School Wins Year 3 and 4 Tournament

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.”

Secondary Schools Tournament

This year’s annual Secondary schools tournament took place at the beginning of this month at the indoor centre with three schools Brighton Hill Community College, Costello Technology College and The Hurst entering teams in the Year 7 and 8 singles and doubles and the same two events for Year 9 and10 players, all run by coach Simon James.

IMG_5063The Year 7 and 8 singles winner was Totally Tennis’ own performance player Harry Feast from Costello who beat Owen Robinson in the all Costello final. The boys then teamed up to give Costello their second trophy of the day in the doubles defeating the a mixed team of Elodie Dougal (Costello, also the only girl who attended) and Costas Bowgen (Hurst).

IMG_5071Head Coach James McIntosh said, “These two were not playing doubles but they both had no partner they teamed up despite being from different schools.

IMG_5066In the Year 9 and 10 singles event another Totally Tennis’ Travis Clayton who was representing Brighton Hill won the event beating Costello’s Alex Gray in the final. Clayton also won the doubles title with partner Sam Hayes after defeating Josh Goldring and Deema Bowgen from The Hurst in the final, who are also both Totally Tennis squad players.

IMG_5068McIntosh added, “Another great event with some excellent competitive play. It’s always good to see our squad players using their skills to represent their respective schools. I hope that next year more schools take up the opportunity to enter.”    IMG_5069

Highland Spring Mini Tennis Month

Totally Tennis are inviting local schools to participate in the 2015 Highland Spring Mini Tennis month in association with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) by offering their pupils a chance to play tennis at the club. As part of this fantastic initiative encouraging children to get active with their parent and try tennis, Totally Tennis is offering FREE sessions for children aged 5 – 10 years on Sunday 26th April from 10am – 1pm at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke.


Highland Spring Mini Tennis Month 2015 will take place in schools, parks and tennis venues across the country in April 2015 with tennis venues such as Totally Tennis hosting free parent and child coaching sessions for the whole family.

The aim of Highland Spring Mini Tennis Month 2015 is to promote tennis as a family sport by showing parents how easy it is to play tennis with their children. ‘Take home’ activity cards will also encourage them to continue playing as they develop their skills. This will help to increase the number of children and adults learning to play the game.

Totally Tennis is linking with local schools as part of its successful Schools Development Programme to promote this event and offering the school that has the most children signing up a FREE 1 hour curriculum coaching session and as an additional thank you a FREE tennis racket.

To sign up to this FREE event follow this link To find out more information please telephone Totally Tennis on 01256 358816.


The Totally Tennis School Development Programme offers schools a variety of ways to get involved including Tennis Assembly’s, Taster Sessions, Cardio Tennis, Curriculum Tennis, Teacher Training, After School Tennis as well as Annual Primary and Secondary Tennis Tournaments. For more information and to get involved, please contact the office on 01256 – 358816 or via e-mail