Judy rallies the tennis women

July 28 2017

Kings tennis club hosted their inaugural women and girls event on 22 June.

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Kings tennis club hosted their inaugural women and girls event on 22 June. 

Over 80 women and girls of all ages came along to play tennis and try out some new activities. On offer were a variety of sessions including basketball with Bristol Women's Flyers, Bodyjam and Charlotte Peacey fitness boot camp as well as a range of tennis activities from cardio tennis to free play, prize court to mini tennis.

Inspired by the Judy Murray She Rallies campaign, the event focused on women and girls coming together and having fun. One attendee said: "It's been a brilliant occasion- I really enjoyed the chance for me and my daughter to spend time together doing sport.

One of the most popular sessions on the day was Lil Miss Hits, the Judy Murray-designed session for under 8 girls which incorporates fun equipment and encourages girls to have their very first rally using balloons and dance which teaches coordination as well as being great fun. Delivered by the She Rallies south west ambassador Mandy Stone with the help of Helen Abbott, the session was very successful.

Later in the same week Kings head coach Elly Shearman and volunteer Jo Gildersleve were invited to meet Judy Murray at the She Rallies south west event hosted at David Lloyd Long Ashton which brought women and girls together to learn how to inspire a love of tennis In new generations of girls.

Judy answered questions about all aspects of her life and the She Rallies campaign including one from an inquisitive six year old who wanted to know which was her favourite son (answer- both!).

Judy explained that by focusing on making the activities fun and encouraging girls to play with friends they can be encouraged to get active and learn the skills to play tennis and other sports in a less competitive environment. She talked about the importance of female role models in encouraging more girls and women not only into the sport but also into coaching roles. The She Rallies scheme is designed to empower all women and girls to become tennis activators - so anyone can learn how to deliver these fun sessions to girls be they a brownie leader, mum, PE teacher or tennis coach. Courses are running across the South West so check out the website and book your place. You could inspire the next Johanna Konta or Heather Watson!

Look out for some of these courses at Kings on the coaching website https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/EllyShearmanCoaching coming up soon, as well as more information on the nationwide initiative http://sherallies.com/