On Monday 1st May, Judy Murray spent the day at the David Lloyd Centre in Corstorphine to assist the trio of Scottish She Rallies ambassadors in training a group of females to deliver tennis sessions in their local areas.
She Rallies launched in February 2017 in a bid to get more girls playing, and more women coaching tennis. The programme has been created to strengthen and grow the female workforce with the ultimate goal of attracting and retaining more women and girls in tennis. In its first year, the programme will focus on a select group of 26 female ambassadors from across the country who are working closely with Judy Murray since completing an action-packed weekend of training under her direction earlier in the year. The She Rallies ambassadors will now look to train up groups of women (activators) who will then in turn go on to deliver sessions in their local areas.
Shona Ross, Fiona Bennie and Karen Lamb are three of the 26 She Rallies ambassadors selected to champion the programme, and make up the Scottish contingency of ambassadors. Over 40 coaches, teachers, mums and volunteers attended the training day with Judy on Monday where they were trained as activators for three of the courses.
Shona Ross, She Rallies ambassador covering the West of Scotland commented: “We had a phenomenal time on Monday with Judy and our activators; everyone went away buzzing which was always the plan. Everything the activators learned had a reason behind it and skills were simple but effective. We really felt like we were building our Scottish female army!”
After their involvement in the day, the activators, will be provided with free equipment bags and online resources to assist them in delivering sessions and creating opportunities for women and girls in their local areas. Over the next two months, Judy will visit a further 5 regions across the UK to support and provide additional guidance to the local She Rallies ambassadors.
Claire Webb, Programme Manager from the Lawn Tennis Association added: “The She Rallies event in Scotland was a huge success and it was fantastic to see the enthusiasm of both the ambassadors and future activators involved. For our Scottish activators in particular, Judy’s presence will go a long way to help motivate and inspire people to get involved in the initiative and rally our female troops across the country”.
If you want to become an activator and be a part of the growth of female tennis in Scotland, visit the She Rallies website at www.SheRallies.co.uk to find a course in your local area. You don’t have to be a tennis coach or even work in a tennis environment to get involved!
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Pictured: Judy Murray speaking with some of the Rainbows and Brownies from the Crammond Guides group