The University of Bristol has closed Coombe Dingle Sports Complex for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus developments.
It’s part of the tennis governing body’s drive to get more women and girls get involved in the sport and the first session held in the city will be hosted by Judy Murray, Andy Murray’s mother and pro tennis player.
The project sees a local Rangers group, the section of Girlguiding for girls aged 14-18, take part in a LTA workshop called She Rallies. Then, the young female leaders will teach what they have learnt to Rainbows and Brownies, the younger Girlguiding groups for ages five to 11. Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with more than half a million members. They set out to build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations.
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Jo-Anne Downing, LTA product & programme manager, says: “We are very excited to announce this pilot project and the opportunities it creates in our work to open up tennis to more people.
“It’s great to be working together with Girlguiding to equip more young women with vital leadership skills through tennis and the LTA She Rallies programme, and ultimately see more young girls benefiting from taking part in the sport.”
The LTA is the national governing body of tennis in Great Britain and are aiming to make the sport more relevant, accessible and welcoming.
During the workshop, taking place at Coombe Dingle Sports Complex, Rangers will be equipped with the skills needed to lead and coach younger Girlguiding members. It will be led by Judy Murray on Saturday, May 2, with sessions tailored to specific age groups.
“It is crucial that we continue to show young women and girls that they can be leaders in whatever their chosen profession,” says Judy
“Tennis has historically led the way for equality in sport in terms of top level competition, but we want to encourage more young women into positions of leadership in tennis, so I’m excited to be working with the LTA and Girlguiding on this project.”
All photos courtesy of LTA