Player Profile: Oliver Brennan

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Squad: Holiday Camp

How old were you when you first started tennis?

I started playing tennis when I was 5yrs old

How were you introduced to the sport?

I saw a Wimbledon match on the TV and thought I should try it out

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

My friend recommended it to me

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Andy Murray

What do you like most about the sport?

Being able to challenge your opponent again and again

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

When I score a shot from the baseline

How often do you play?   

Every other week

Do you play any other sport?  

Table Tennis and Badminton

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?  

Helping my friends to become good tennis players

Benenden Tennis Festival Summertime Slam

Totally Tennis played host to a Benenden Tennis Festival last Sunday with a Summertime Slam event open to both mini red and orange players. The three hour event was run by performance players Miles Bromilow and Liam Hignett and packed with a whole host of tennis related fun, games and competition.

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The festival is designed to give players new to competition the opportunity to learn about scoring and the rules of tennis while the more experience players get some match practice but the overall theme is for the players to have fun.

Games to get everyone warmed-up, including balloon tennis, around the world and knockout tennis, preceded the matches. The mini red competition was a round robin draw of seven players with lots of competitive matches. The overall winner was William Durman who won all his matches and Neel Chandrasekar was runner-up.

The Orange competition was split into two boxes with the top two players from each box going through to the semi-finals. The first semis match was an all sibling affair with Box A winner Geven Chendhilkumar facing his brother Guhan who was Box B runner-up, Geven was the victor 10-6. Meanwhile in the other semi-final the winner of Box B Hayden Cummings beat Box A runner-up Ansh Annaredy 10-4.

The final was watched by all the competitors with Cummings declared the overall winner beating Geven 10-4. The day finished with a presentation and prizes for all the competitors.

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Bromilow said, “Congratulations to all the players who took part. We look forward to hosting similar events in the future and even some more Benenden Tennis Festivals.”

image3image1Healthcare provider Benenden has partnered with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to encourage people of all ages from the local community to get involved in themed competitions and live an active lifestyle. Benenden Tennis Festivals are a fantastic opportunity for clubs and venues throughout the country to host fun, themed competitions for local players.

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Launched in 2016, the Benenden Tennis Festivals programme saw 870 venues get involved which created over 30,000 opportunities for players to take part in fun, local competitions. There are four themed festivals that clubs can choose to host this year; Aussie Open (celebrating the first Grand Slam of 2017), Women/Girls (a female only festival to celebrate International Women’s Day in March), Summertime Slam (celebrate Wimbledon and the summer of tennis in June or July) and Monster Smash (a spooky event in October or November to celebrate Halloween).

Hignett and Bromilow are part of the LTA’s Referee Development Group which teaches them the necessary competition organisation skills to run events – read more about that here

Additional information used courtesy of www.lta.org.uk/competitions/family/benenden-tennis-festivals/

 

 

Player Profile: Trevor Cain

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TREVOR CAIN

Squad:  50+

How old were you when you first started tennis?

Sixty

How were you introduced to the sport?

By my wife

What made you come to Totally Tennis?  

My wife

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Martina Hingis and Rodger Federer

What do you like most about the sport?

Good exercise and social experience

What do you consider to be your best shot?  

Volley

How often do you play?

Once per week

Do you play any other sport?

Skiing and cycling

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Improvement in my ability due to the coaching at 50+ sessions

 

Totally Tennis Summer Camps 2017

Wimbledon has finished which means the long school summer holidays are on the horizon and Totally Tennis has the perfect solution for parents looking to keep their children fit and healthy and burn off some of their energy.

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The club will be running its popular tennis and multi-sport camps at its centre’s in the War Memorial Park*. The camps are a great chance for juniors to improve their sports skills, fitness and make new friends. With indoor and outdoor courts available the fun continues whatever the British ‘summer’ weather has in store. *Book sessions at the War Memorial Park by the Wednesday 19th July to secure 10% off with the early booking offer.

Packed with opportunities to learn and play tennis, weekly activities also include basketball, football, rounders, hockey combined with lots of fun and games. The scheme has received OFSTED accreditation and the sessions are run by experienced LTA qualified and fully licensed coaches. Sessions will be available from Wednesday 26th July – Thursday 31st August at the indoor centre in the War Memorial Park (WMP).

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Sessions can be booked for the Morning (9.00am – 12 noon), Afternoon (1.00pm –4.00pm) or Full Day* (9.00am – 4.00pm), children can be dropped off from 8:30am. Please see prices for WMP sessions below including details of the special two and five day package offers.

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Children need to bring packed lunches and drinks and be dressed appropriately for the weather (suncream if sunny, warm clothing if it’s cold) as they may be playing inside and outside.

*Children must be aged 5 years or over to stay for the whole day. Please note refunds will only be given with 48 hours notice. Those coming for a full day will be supervised during the lunch break and rackets will be provided for those who don’t have one. All children must be signed in and out at reception. Please ensure any medication/inhalers is readily available and staff have been informed prior to leaving the child/children. Photos make be taken for use on this blog and our social media sites, if you object to your child/children’s images being used please inform reception.

For more information about Summer Holiday Camps and to book please telephone the office on 01256 358816, e-mail tt@totallytenns.co.uk or visit the website www.totallytennis.co.uk

North Waltham Primary Schools Wimbledon Event

The annual North Waltham Primary Schools Wimbledon event was held this year at Totally Tennis’ centre in the War Memorial Park. There were two competitions, one for the younger year 3 and 4 pupils and a separate event for the older children in year 5 and 6.

Forty-five players entered the year 3 and 4 event with the players split into nine boxes of five players. It was a round robin format where players would play a match tie break to 10 points with the top sixteen players from the boxes progressing through into the knockout stages.

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The final four contested the semi-final matches; Stanley versus Ben and Kirsten against Hector, Stanley and Kirsten progressing to the final which Stanley then won 10-6 to be crowned the champion.

In the year 5&6 competition there were few players with only thirty-five entires with the players split into six boxes of five competitors. The top eight players then progressed through to the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals Faith beat Finn 10-6 and Soloman beat Harry 10-7. The final was a close affair with Faith just edging the win over Harry 11-9 to become the upper school winner.

 Head coach James McIntosh said, “It was great to host the North Waltham Wimbledon event at Totally Tennis.” he added,  “There were so many players involved in the event and some great matches played across the day, everyone really enjoyed the event. “

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Phoebe a teacher from North Waltham said “My colleagues and I were really impressed by the standard of tennis, especially in the last sixteen of the 3 & 4 competition.” she added, “The children really enjoyed it and the weather was on our side!

Player Profile: Penny Bates

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PENNY BATES

Age: Not disclosed

Squad: Over 55’s

How old were you when you first started tennis?

A child

How were you introduced to the sport?

Through my family

What made you come to Totally Tennis?

Friend’s recommendation

Who is your favourite professional tennis player?

Roger Federer

What do you like most about the sport?

Friendly competition

What do you consider to be your best shot?

Slice backhand

How often do you play?

Two or three times a week

Do you play any other sport?

Pilates and yoga

What’s your greatest achievement in tennis so far?

Centre Court Ladies Singles Champion

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