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/

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October Half Term 2019

The October half term is already rapidly approaching. Are you looking for healthy alternative for your children in the school holidays where they will have lots of fun and learn a new sport? Totally Tennis has just the answer, the Tennis and Multi-sport camps are the perfect to keep children active whilst having lots of fun, learn a new sport and making new friends.

Packed with opportunities to play tennis and other sports such as basketball, football, hockey and rounders, the sessions will take place at the Indoor Centre in the War Memorial Park, Basingstoke. Camps will running all week from Monday 26th October to Friday 1st November from 9.00am – 4.00pm (full day*) and bookable in various options (morning, afternoon and full-day).

Tennis camps are great fun and include lots of games and mini-competitions for both new and experienced players alike for all children aged four to fifteen years. It’s a safe environment with Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) fully qualified, licensed and experienced coaches and the centre has OFSTED accreditation.

For more information about the school holiday programme held at Totally Tennis please call 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our www.totallytennis.co.uk

*Children must be five years and over to stay all day at Tennis Camps.

First LTA British Tour Win for Hignett in Exeter

Totally Tennis performance player and coach Liam Hignett won the LTA British Tour Exeter Open Mens Singles title at the Exeter Tennis Centre in Devon.

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After a bye Iin the opening round, Hignett beat Maximillian Relic 6-1, 6-2 in teh second round followed by Luke Quaynor in the quarters 6-2, 6-2. In the semis he defeated county  club mate Ryan Golesworthy in three sets 6-4, 1-6, 6-1. In the final he beat Julian Cash (who retired in the third set) 4-6, 6-3, 2-1.

Hignett said, “This was my first national level singles win, it’s a massive milestone for me after some tough battles this week. Thanks to all of those around me who have helped me to achieve this.”

Congratulations Liam!

img_3127.jpegThe Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) British Tour 2019* provides a circuit of tournaments designed to give up and coming players the opportunity to gain experience in their quest to become professional tennis players, to provide competition for professional players in between competing in professional events at home and abroad, as well as providing a national level open competition circuit.

Read more about Hignett’s previous British Tour events HERE

*British Tour information used with courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/britishtour

LTA Big Tennis Weekends

As part of the successful Totally Tennis schools programme Head Coach James McIntosh visited local schools to deliver tennis assemblies, all the pupils involved were then invited to attend a FREE junior tennis open day.  Part of the LTA Big Tennis Weekends initiative, open days are designed to give children an opportunity to try tennis at a club on real tennis courts with LTA qualified coaches.

9a9c066c-f3c0-4fd6-97c1-e5c80c8031f0.jpegHead coach James McIntosh said, “The event went really well and it was great to give so many children the opportunity to play tennis at the centre and for some it was their first time in picking up a racket.” he added, ” Since the event Totally Tennis has managed to expand its schools programme with the introduction of an after schools club at St Johns which we are looking forward to getting started next week.”

4180ba61-0e4b-42ec-b91a-fd822df176a9.jpgThe Totally Tennis schools programme has not only given children the opportunity to play tennis but also produced countless players and coaches over the years. Some of these players have represented their respective schools and the club in many competitions, even winning National titles. The club also runs curriculum and after school sessions as well as the annual schools tournaments at the indoor centre.

Find out more about the Totally Tennis Schools Programme and Junior Development Squads by telephone 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytennis.co.uk or visit our website here. Read all our latest news on our blog here

 

 

 

 

Club Held Its Annual Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning

Totally Tennis held it’s World’s Biggest Coffee morning event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support alongside the clubs’ regular Mixed Morning session last Friday. The players enjoyed the matchplay session followed by coffee and a choice of delicious cakes at the indoor centre. The event raised to the charity’s goal to meet its target for this year.

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The club has been a regular supporter of the annual coffee morning event for many years, raising money to donate to the charity which improves the lives of people and their families affected by cancer. Last year the nationwide coffee morning events raised an incredible £26,914,382.

Head coach James McIntosh said, “In total Totally Tennis raised £132 for Macmillan. Thank you to everyone that supported the event by attending the coffee morning donating to this great cause. Also thanks to everyone that baked for the event.

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest charity fundraising event raising money to enable the charity to provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care in this country. The money raised at events like the coffee morning funds vital services and enables the charity to work alongside people affected by cancer and improve cancer care, making a real difference in people’s lives.

 

September In Pictures

14151087-9cc4-40dc-937d-d8c735cc1f7a.jpg50+ players enjoying the September sun on the outdoor courts

0C65F596-023D-4E18-AE3F-49CD96CE5B6DCoach Dominic Mitchell joined the coaching team on a full time basis

510e9d74-31c8-49cf-88d3-fb140df7b3faThe 50+ players enjoying their regular Wednesday morning session with Head Coach James

IMG_1237Coach Steph Catlin and former coach Ben Jubin successfully defended their Basingstoke Open Mixed Doubles title to win again this year

f95e1411-e433-4ff9-a448-745a2331c48fCoaches James and Liam held an Under 9 Boys County Training session (above and below)

19668576-e6ef-45bd-b113-b3956855ca9c.jpgIMG_1234Performance player and coaching assistant Harry Feast won the 18 & under Boys singles title at the East Winter County Tour Oxford Sports tournament

5fd669d7-e517-4412-b3fe-e32ae3d4bb38Coaches Loic and Andrew held the latest TT Tour event

Meet our homegrown coaches in our latest interviews

IMG_7032Head coach James Mcintosh delivered Tennis Assemblies at local schools 

2788c383-db58-44f6-bf4e-06963d0e546fThe club held its annual World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support

Local school children attended the Free Big Weekend Open Day event

 

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/