On Wednesday 28th June Judy Murray, nationally acclaimed tennis coach and mother of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray visited Abergavenny Leisure Centre to kick start the She Rallies tennis programme. She Rallies has been established to increase the number of women and girls playing tennis and to create more opportunities for them in sport.

Over 45 pupils from Abergavenny’s King Henry VIII School and 30 children from local primary schools took part in the afternoon along with 20 local tennis coaches. Two sessions took place, the first with pupils who participated in a range of fun activities and asked Judy some burning questions. Local coaches took part in the later session and worked on key skills as well as receiving words of wisdom from Judy on how more women and girls can be encouraged to get involved in tennis.

Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council, Cllr Maureen Powell took part in the warm up session with pupils from local schools. Cllr Maureen Powell said; ‘It was a pleasure to be invited to the launch of She Rallies. Grass roots sport is such an important way to enable our children, young people and their families to be active. There are so many opportunities to play a range of sports on their doorstep. It was lovely to meet Judy Murray and I thank her for bringing the She Rallies initiative to Monmouthshire.’

The event was organised by local tennis coach Carys Howard-Rees of Abergavenny Tennis Club who is passionate about engaging girls and women in the sport.

For more information about tennis or the She Rallies programme in Monmouthshire contact Paul Sullivan, Sports Development Officer –  07825 853882 – or visit the She Rallies website: www.sherallies.com

 

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