Judy Murray inspires Loughborough University tennis students
On Tuesday 29th November, Judy Murray spent the day at Loughborough University taking part in two coaching workshops and a question and answer session, with both proving inspirational for all involved.
Delivering her Tennis On The Road workshop alongside lead coach Kris Soutar, Judy put our student coaches through their paces, teaching them techniques to become more effective coaches no matter what age of player they’re delivering to. The day drew to a close by offering 80 lucky University students and staff the chance to ask Judy their burning questions, which was both insightful and entertaining.
This is the first time Tennis On The Road has been delivered south of the border, with Murray and Soutar having run the sessions in Scotland for the last two years. Mother to world number one’s Andy and Jamie and a world renowned coach in her own right, there was no doubt the day was both informative and inspiring for Loughborough’s growing cohort of tennis student-coaches.
Of the day Murray said:
“What I really enjoy now is trying to share what I know with the workforce of the future. We need to be really stacked at grassroots level; that means really successful clubs, tennis in schools, lots of people playing - really healthy grassroots is actually in the workforce.
“Two years ago I started the Tennis On The Road programme, which we deliver in Scotland and this is our first visit down south and it’s been a great day. This is actually the perfect day for me – I love doing this kind of thing. I really, really enjoy sharing things with people who are really enthusiastic and that’s what everyone was today.”
Commenting on her experience Loughborough University student Zoe Jefferies added:
“It’s been a fab day, having Judy down here working with us, no matter what our ability as a player or a coach. It’s been really inspiring to see her in action and to pick up some of her tips, and it gives us a lot of new skills that we can put to good use in the future.”
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