Tennis pupils, coaches and staff members at Millfield are helping to improve girls’ involvement in the sport by joining ‘She Rallies’, a grassroots initiative led by Judy Murray.
The mother of current men’s world number 1 and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and former doubles world number 1 Jamie Murray has launched the campaign with the Lawn Tennis Association to empower and expand the number of women and girls coaching and playing tennis across the UK.
Sixteen girls and eight female staff members took part in one of the coaching sessions designed by Murray with Amanda Stonier, ‘She Rallies’ ambassador from the South West, to learn new skills and techniques to help maintain girls’ engagement in the game.
Eleven staff members are set to become ‘activators’ for the campaign, meaning they will be trained to use the skills they learned at the session in other sports and games lessons in the future.
Millfield Director of Tennis Kate Warne-Holland said, “As a school, we are committed to getting more girls involved in tennis to help close the gender gap, and buck the trend for girls to stop playing in their teenage years. It is an honour to be one of the first schools in the country to embrace ‘She Rallies’ in our programme, and we were proud to have such a positive response from our girls after their ‘She Rallies’ session. The skills our coaches learned will become a fundamental part of games tennis and other sports in the school.’