It looks like Judy Murray isn’t just content to conclude 2016 as tennis mum of the year to two world No 1 players, but she also wants to help other mums bring up future tennis stars. This weekend, first on Saturday morning at the Royal Albert Hall and then on Sunday at David Lloyd Heston, Judy Murray and her Miss-Hits colleagues taught mums how to help their 5 – 8 year old daughters develop the skills needed to play tennis, through a number of fun games and dances.
“The weekend was all about the girls. It was like one long tennis party. We ran some sessions for mums and daughters to show parents what tennis is going to demand of their kids in terms of basic physical skills. Because the parents will always be the first port of call when a child wants someone to play with. And we also ran a Miss-Hits Christmas party for 24 kids. This was to show the 24 coaches who were observing and assisting, how to use the Miss-Hits activities as a party. There are no girls sporty parties around and it’s a great way to showcase tennis and to boost coaches’ income.
And it’s fun. Which is the most important thing in terms of retaining girls in any activity.”
– Judy Murray
If you’re not familiar with the Miss-Hits program, then take a look at our Q&A with Judy Murray as well as the Miss-Hits website and find out how you can get involved as either a mum or tennis coach here.
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