June in Pictures | 2020

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Our junior players enjoying the smaller squad sessions with Tennis Director Nigel

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Adult drills was also back in June, smaller socially distanced sessions (book sessions online clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/Coaching)

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Jasmine is enjoying being back on the outdoor courts and has been practising hard since they have re-opened

Before lockdown Performance player and coach Liam Hignett reviewed rackets and ASCIS tennis trainers for Tennis Head Magazine – the article was published in June (read more here tennishead.net)

Coach Liam was part of the Kempshott Junior School (KJS) virtual sports providing tennis activities for the multi-sport event.

IMG_8953Performace players Isla Hignett (above) and Tillie Reid (below) practising together on teh outdoor courts at Stratton ParkIMG_8952

Professional tennis returned last month with the ‘Schroders Battle of the Brits‘ taking place behind closed doors at the National Tennis Centre (NTC) and raising money for NHS Charities Together. The singles title was won by Dan Evans and event organiser Jamie Murray and partner Neal Skupski were doubles champions. Murray is gathering Britain’s best women’s and men’s players to take part in another team competition at the NTC from 27th July.

Adult and Junior Group Sessions Restart

With lockdown restrictions easing the first step to returning to normality was the re-opening of the outdoor courts with a new online booking and payment system (book and pay online here www.totallytennis.co.uk).

Phase two has been the restarting of group sessions, smaller groups of players for adult drills and junior squads. Following on from feedback from parents, groups of a maximum of 5 players have been introduced for squads to ensure the required social distance is maintained and the sessions adhere to government and LTA guidelines. The Ferguson and Rushmere families have embraced the new squad sessions with the four children who attend school together (pictured below) now enjoying weekly sessions with Tennis Director Nigel with great feedback received.

Parent Claire Ferguson said, “The kids absolutely loved the session on Monday.  It was run so well from every aspect, the adjustments for Coronavirus were so well  thought through and implemented fully but it didn’t take away from the learning or the enjoyment.” she added, “After such a long break the kids made progress in just their first lesson back and it was just so lovely as a parent to see (and hear!) the fun they were having, wonderful to get back to some normality in a safe way, an absolute tonic. Thank you!

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Long said, “We’re all so pleased to get back on court and return to some sort of normality! We’re really grateful for everyone’s support and positive feedback as some of our regular coaching sessions have been reintroduced. We’d also like to thank everyone for their patience and we hope will will be back in FULL SWING soon!

For any parents interested in their child/children returning to squad sessions please be assured that hand sanitiser will be used frequently throughout the sessions. On arrival, players are asked to go straight to the outdoor courts where the coach will be waiting. For now the toilets (Pavilion) will remain closed. Parents can watch the sessions outside the court boundary but must maintain a 2m social distance away from the courts entrance so other players can access (read more about the LTA guidelines here www.lta.org.uk/about-us/tennis-news/news-and-opinion/general-news/2020/march/coronavirus-covid-19—latest-advice/).

It’s not just good news for our juniors players as adult drills have also returned with more days/sessions added from next week. Adult drills sessions are now available Monday and Tuesday with group sizes limited to 5 players plus the coach – book fast via the links below to avoid missing out on a space.

​Monday Advanced Drills 6.30 – 7.30pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/BookClass/7918aaba-5ca5-4d1b-955a-3945adf87b9a

Monday Improver Drills 7.30 – 8.30pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/BookClass/21477fd8-c05c-4727-96c7-3b8f290cad1e

Tuesday Improver Drills 8 – 9pm clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/Coaching/Summary/9ee53e1c-00b6-4161-a6ef-7bf69b63558e

Outdoor courts can continue to be booked in advance via our online booking system, if you would like to play please visit www.totallytennis.co.uk where you can book and pay for your court. For more information on any of the sessions, court bookings or general enquires please telephone 01256 358816, e-mail us at tt@totallytennis.co.uk or send us a Facebook message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Keep an eye on our social media for any further announcements for more playing options.

 

Totally Tennis get involved in the KJS Virtual Sports Day

Sports Day traditionally features in a school’s summer calendar but this year due to the pandemic one local Basingstoke school have thought outside the box. Kempshott Junior School have introduced the first ever KJS Virtual Sports Day! The 2020 virtual edition, that runs from Monday 29thJune (today) to Friday 3rd July, will give pupils the opportunity to still get involved in the fun, competitive event.

Totally Tennis were excited to be asked to be involved in the KJS Multi-Sports Event where pupils can take part in one or more activities alongside the second event, the KJS Virtual Pentathlon.


Coach Liam provided some tennis volley challenges (see YouTube video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkwOuG37Xfw&feature=youtu.be) for the KJS Multi-Sports Event. The other 5 activities included shuttle runs, skipping over 50m, balance challenge, dizzy football and speed bounce. The KJS Virtual Pentathlon includes run 1km, seated throw, standing long jump, vertical jump and cycle 3km. Participation in both events gives pupils the opportunity to earn points towards the House Cup and additional bonus points are up for grabs in the ‘Beat the teacher’ and the family activity, the ‘Lamp Post relay’.

KJS teacher Chris Golding said, “We have planned a Virtual Sports Day as the majority of our pupils are still working from home. Over the course of this week, the children at home can complete up to 11 sporting activities sending their results back to school by Friday on a questionnaire.” he added, “9 of the 11 events have video demonstrations attached to them.”

Liam was kind enough to provide us with one of those events and a video to go with it. It was clear, concise and included two fun activities for families to try at home.”

Mr Golding and his colleagues are mid-way through the Sports Day for the Year 6 pupils who are in school today and the children here definitely had fun trying it out (some of our teachers did too!). Two of the pupils commented,

It was fun, I like the fact that there was more than one challenge.” (Year 6 Pupil A)

I liked that it was a group activity instead of it being individual.” (Year 6 Pupil B)

May in Pictures | 2020

COVID-19 – May 2020 saw the return to socially distanced tennis on the outdoor courts. Our performance players were straight back on court practising and enjoying the Spring sunshine.

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In news from the professional game, the LTA announced that seven-times Grand Slam doubles and mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray has organised a six-day tennis event that will be screened on Amazon Prime Video. The ‘Schroders Battle of the Brits‘ will take place behind closed doors from 23rd – 28th June at the National Tennis Centre to raise money for NHS Charities Together – read more HERE (photo used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk

 

COVID-19 | Return To Restricted Play

We are pleased to announce that following Government and LTA advice our outdoor courts will be opening for singles play and for those in the same household from tomorrow (14th May)

Please click the link below to book your outdoor court online clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/Booking

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COVID-19: Return To Restricted Play (Terms & Conditions)

Only the outdoor courts will be in operation. Indoor courts will remain closed.

Bookings can be made via the Court Booking section on our website. Payments can only be made online – clubspark.lta.org.uk/TotallyTennisBasingstoke/Booking

There is currently no access to the pavilion or toilet facilities.

No more than two people per court unless playing with members from the same household.

Equipment will not be available to hire from the club. Players must bring their own rackets and tennis balls.

Court Bookings are bookable for 60 minutes – Court time 55 Minutes and 5 Minutes to leave.

Please do not arrive too early for your court booking. This is to minimise the amount of players congregating on or around the courts. Please leave on time to allow safe access and departure from courts and to respect the 2 meter distancing rules. 

To avoid gathering of people in or around the tennis courts, Spectators are discouraged. This does not apply to a parent/guardian/carer, (non participant). This should be limited to one per player and social distancing should be strictly followed at all times.

Bring hand sanitiser with you. Bring a full water bottle and do not share food or drink with others and remember to take all rubbish away with you.

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR BALLS ARE CLEARLY MARKED (EG: WITH INITIALS)

Avoid using your hands to pick up tennis balls that aren’t yours – use your racquet/foot to hit/kick them to your opponent or return them to another court.

Individual coaching is also available. Please contact us via Facebook with any queries and questions. Visit our website for all the up-to-date information.

March in Pictures | 2020

IMG_6999Performance player Hayden Cummings was runner-up in the Grade 4 South West Winter County Tour 14 & U Boys Singles held at Hale Gardens.

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The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) boys tennis team enjoyed their first outdoor training session of the season

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AAD852A9-752B-42FD-82FC-7E4D8ABECDB7Coach Dom joined the team at Hampshire Court Spa & Leisure ‘Fitness Fanatic 3’ event to raise money for Sport Relief

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COVID-19 Update – 21/03/2020

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Following the government announcement yesterday Totally Tennis indoor facilities will unfortunately be closed from Saturday 21st March 2020 until further notice. 

We all know tennis is a unique sport which has many benefits – the main one being health and wellbeing. The Government has currently indicated that physical exercise that takes place at a safe distance from others and in safe exercise environments is something that can continue at this time.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has specifically advised that tennis is one of the best examples of social distancing in practice, and so should be encouraged as long as the guidance permits.

With this in mind there will be no group coaching sessions but the outdoor courts at Totally Tennis and also at Stratton Park are currently available for you to book and for the coaches to use for individual lessons should they wish to do so.  The courts will be free for you to use, however the clubhouse, changing and toilet facilities will remain closed. 

Direct Debits and Squad payments

For those of you who have Direct Debit payments for squads, we will cancel your Direct Debit payments from the 1st of April onwards until squads are resumed.  We will work out the amount that is owed up to Friday 20th March and if there is a balance outstanding, we will be asking you for that balance.  The reason for this is that we spread the DD payments over 12 months.

If you have paid for the term up front, we will credit your account for the last two weeks, when squads are resumed.

Obviously, the situation changes daily so we will stay in touch and hope that we are back in full swing soon!  

Please note that although we are housed in a council building and adhere to council guidelines we operate as a small business and we will do our utmost to provide a service and keep the tennis center operational (following the latest Government Guidelines) at this difficult and unprecedented time.

We would like to thank all our Totally Tennis players for your support, and we wish you to all stay safe.  We will be available to answer any of your questions about playing tennis at a social distance.

Thank you and stay safe

The Totally Tennis Team

 

Runner-up Spot for Hignett at British Tour Edgbaston

Performance player and coach Liam Hignett was runner-up in the Men’s singles at the British Tour Edgbaston event held at the Edgbastom Priory Club last week.

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Third seed Hignett beat William Mclenneghan 7-5, 6-4 in the first round followed by Euan Wilson-Baig in round two 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-0. In the quarters he defeated eighth seed Tom Welsh 7-6(10), 6-4 and then sixth seed Mattias Southcombe in the semi-finals 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. In the final Hignett lost to top seed Jake Hersey 6-3, 6-2 to finish as runner-up.

Congratulations Liam 😉

Read more about Hignett competing in British Tour events HERE

The Macca Tournament

Head Coach James McIntosh is running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise awareness and much needed funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of his father who sadly passed away from the disease just three weeks after diagnoses.

Although the marathon, which was supposed to take place on 26th April, has been postponed due to COVID-19 McIntosh will continue to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK and keep training. The marathon is now scheduled to take place on Sunday 4th October.

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Last Friday saw players gather together to compete in ‘The Macca’, an adult American doubles tournament to raise money towards McIntosh’s £2,500 target. The tournament was played in a round robin mixed doubles format where players are paired at random and rotate collecting games on the way. The event was won by Nick Pogmore who had the most games after the four rotations.

McIntosh said, “Thank you to everyone that came to the tournament on Friday and congratulations to Nick who won the event with the highest score over the four rounds.” he added, “It was a fun evening of tennis followed by drinks and we raised a total of £186 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.”

Read more about McIntosh’s Marathon story HERE

QMC in Training For National Cup

The Queen Mary’s College (QMC) boys tennis team enjoyed their first outdoor training session in preparation for their first National Cup match. The team, that includes Totally Tennis performance player Harry Feast, train weekly at the club.

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The boys have a bye in the first round and will face the winners of Canford School vs. Portsmouth Grammar School in the second round.