Open Days Proved a Great Success

Hundreds of children visited the indoor centre last weekend to play in the club’s tennis Open Days. After the success of last week’s Schools Tennis Roadshow that visited local schools across Basingstoke, Totally Tennis opened its doors on Saturday and Sunday to offer primary school age children the opportunity to play on the full size tennis courts in free fun sessions.
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Phil Leighton, from the Tennis Foundation, who ran the roadshow visited ten schools and saw over 1400 children throughout last week and with another ten schools distributed the flyers to their pupils about the free open days, the anticipation was high for fun weekend packed full of tennis. The roadshow introduced tennis to a large audience throughout the week highlighting that it’s not only a great way for kids to get fit and healthy but also develop important motor skills and learn sportsmanship all whilst having lots of fun.
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Tennis Director Nigel Long said, “I’d like to thank Phil, the Tennis Foundation, the whole Totally Tennis team and our squad players for helping us to provide so many children with the opportunity to play in our Open Days last weekend.” he added, “There were a great success with so many of the children deciding to take up tennis in our junior squad sessions.”
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Over 300 children visited Totally Tennis over the course of the sunny weekend to participate in the mixed sessions with Leighton and club coaches James McIntosh, Jordan Frederick, Shyam Vithani, Andrew Dingwall, Simon James and Steph Catlin. The mini tennis sessions offered the groups of players ten different activities from hand-eye coordination to basic tennis skills. They rotated around the stations to try the different skills including throwing and catching, racket skills, target throws, speed of serve and more fun activities. In addition to the free sessions a special roadshow offer encouraged many of the young players to sign up to play in the Pirates and Indians squads which are part of the club’s Junior Development Programme.
Head Coach James McIntosh said, “All of the coaches and helpers over the weekend did a fantastic job in making the open days such a success. I would like to say a big thank you to all the squad players who generously gave up time over their weekend to be involved.” he added “Also a big thank you to Jill, Emily, Karen, Anne, Claire, Kerri, Penny and Sandy for all of the organisation and selling of refreshments over the two days.”
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A large team of squad players gave up their time to be involved in the event encouraging younger children to enjoy playing tennis. A big thanks to Daniel Prickett, Aaron Dawson, Oliver Alemeny, Eddie Lakatos, Dylan Hall-Jones, Isla Hignett, Jas Bromilow, Dessi Bratinova, Liam Hignett, Miles Bromilow, Harry Feast, Louise Mallozi, Lucy Groves, Elinor Banks and Danielle Beckett.

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Steph Catlin (pictured above coaching) added “The roadshow this weekend was a huge success. Speaking on behalf of all the coaches, we had a lot of fun exposing the best sport in the world to hundreds of little ones this weekend.

“We can’t promise that the weather will be as beautiful, but we hope to see them all in our squads to continue the learning and fun! A big shout out to all the current TT players who helped out, they played a huge part in the running and success of the weekend!

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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

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For more information about Totally Tennis please telephone 01256 358816 or e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk More information about the junior squad programme can be found here and read all our latest news on our blog here

Tennis Foundation Primary Schools Roadshow

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).

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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

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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.”

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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 tt@totallytennis.co.uk More information about the junior squad programme can be found here and read all our latest news on our blog here

Totally Tennis Alumni: Harry Stow

Former Totally Tennis Performance player Harry Stow has been voted as the chairperson of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) British Tennis Youth Group (BTYG).

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Stow, 22 played in the Performance Squads at the indoor centre as a teenager and also represented Queen Mary’s College (QMC) when the team qualified for the National College Finals in Hertfordshire, finishing 15th in the country overall, lead by QMC PE teacher and Tennis Team Manager Sarah Goldson.

Goldson said ” I was delighted to read about Harry’s position within the newly formed LTA Youth Group.  He made a fantastic contribution to the QMC Tennis Team and was always very supportive of his team mates.  He was part of the QMC team who gained a place in the Glanvill Cup National Finals event, so it is great to see him continuing his involvement in the game.

Stow commented “Sarah was a fantastic support to the team and also organised trips to the Royal Albert Hall and Wimbledon which definitely gelled us as a team!”

Keeping up his love of the game, Stow took his LTA Coaching qualifications. He studied Sports Coaching and Development BA (Hons) at the University of Winchester and played for the University 1st team for three years in the BUCS league and competitions. He then became the President of Winchester Student Union and now works as a Senior Student Recruitment Officer for The University of Winchester.

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Stow said “I have been involved in coaching since the age of sixteen and I am an LTA Level 2 coach. I have always had opinions about British Tennis and ideas about how to boost participation. I was delighted to see the LTA wanted to form a body of young people to consult on future LTA strategy. The British Tennis Youth Group is full of such inspiring and enthusiastic individuals, I know we will work effectively to show many more people just how great tennis is!”

The new BTYG met for the first time last month, which marked the start of their two years as the official consultative body of young people working with the LTA and the Tennis Foundation. It’s a diverse group of thirteen young people, ranging from the ages of 16 – 25, who are enthusiastic about tennis and sport in general. The group travelled from far and wide across the country to attend the first meeting where they got straight to work, voting in Stow as Chairperson and Oliver Biles as vice for the first year. They started work on the strategies which include rewarding and recognising young volunteers, creative and achievable ideas to keep young people motivated to play tennis, retain them in the game and involved with volunteering. Their objectives are centred on four key areas, including working with national teams at the National Tennis Centre, helping with tennis events and conferences for young people, supporting local projects in their areas and management of a Youth Legacy Fund.

As reported on the LTA website Stow said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the group, what a team we’ve got and so many ideas! I’m honoured to be representing such inspiring young people and can’t wait to get started”

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Tom Gibbons, Head of Education added “It’s been an inspiring weekend, with so much positivity and forward thinking from this high quality group. We’re looking forward to working with them over the coming years to ensure that young people’s views are embedded across British Tennis going forwards.”

Nigel Long, Tennis Director and Totally Tennis founder said “This is such a great idea and fantastic that a former Totally Tennis player is not only involved but is chairperson. The ethos at the club over the past twenty years has always been about retaining players in the game whether it’s as a coach, a volunteer or behind the scenes. Congratulations Harry!”

To find out more about the  BTYG visit the home page http://www.lta.org.uk/youthgroup

The group are looking for feedback from young people aged between 16-25 about their involvement in tennis and would love to hear from anyone on Twitter about the great work that’s going on in the community. Tweet @BritishTennis and use #YGTennis