Judy Murray, mother of Andy and Jamie, coach and Fed Cup captain has launched a new tennis initiative supported by the Lawn Tennis Association. ‘She Rallies‘ was introduced last month, its goal is to empower and expand the number of women and girls playing tennis and involved in coaching across the UK.
Sarah Rutherford, ambassador for Hampshire & IOW, will be running four free workshops that are available within the She Rallies programme; Lil Miss-Hits, Teen Girls Starter Tennis, Fun Days and Recreational Competition – full details are available on the website sherallies.com
Lil Miss-Hits – Six sessions designed to introduce girls aged 5-8 years to starter tennis in a fun environment. Lil Miss-Hits will develop the skills needed to play tennis and a group of friends to play with. It’s a non-technical course so you don’t need to be a qualified coach to deliver it. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is full of simple skill building activities and games. Perfect for teachers, students, mums, sports leaders, community workers and club members. Lil Miss-Hits makes starter tennis delivery simple and fun.
Teen Girls Starter Tennis – The aim is to increase the number of teenage girls trying tennis and keeping them in the game. Teachers, students, club members, parents and sports/youth leaders with be provided with lots of individual, paired and team activities for developing the skills needed to play tennis, along with many fun games that provide a basic introduction to tactical doubles play and court positioning. Teen tennis is for girls aged 11+, it does not require a tennis court and will focus on delivering to big numbers in whatever space is available. This course will make tennis both simple and fun to deliver in schools, parks and clubs.
Fun Days – The Fun Day course will give attendees a whole range of ideas for running sessions aimed at whatever age and stage is targeted, beginners, improvers and advanced players of all ages from U10 to 60+ . We will show you how to run drop in sessions for new starts or old hands, bring a friend days, mums and daughters days, themed days…using whatever space, time and equipment you have available. These days are great for bringing girls of any age together and for boosting your numbers at the club or park.
Recreational Competition – This course will show you how to bring fun into competition. Team events, doubles events – all with a twist. Funky rules and out of the box scoring systems. We need more girls competing in school, club and county teams so we must make it fun. Girls like being with their friends so team events are our goal. We will show you how to maximise your numbers and your court space by running skills stations alongside the matches.To take part in these workshops you must be 16 or over and keen to be involved but you don’t have to be a coach, you can be a player, parent, teacher, volunteer or a committee member. After attending a workshop, if you are then going to deliver a course/Fun Day/Recreational Competition and you could be eligible for a free kit bag.
Judy Murray said, ““There is still a significant gender gap in terms of players and coaches at all levels of the game. By rallying together, we can create opportunities in tennis from the grassroots up.” she added, “Whether you’re an existing tennis coach, teacher, parent, student, youth worker, brownie leader or an enthusiastic club member, I have designed 4 courses as part of ‘She Rallies‘, supported by The LTA, which will give you the skills and ideas to deliver starter training and fun competition to girls and women in your community.”
“If we rally together – pun intended – we will make a difference.”
Dates and venues for the workshops will soon be finalised and bookings can be made via sherallies.com/get-involved
For more information please contact Sarah by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07850 862929.