With Great Britain’s first Davis Cup final since 1978 just around the corner there’s never been a better time to pick up a racket.
With interest in tennis at an all-time high Judy Murray, mother of Davis Cup heroes Andy and Jamie, is determined to capitalise on the sports growing profile.
She is sharing the family games and skill building activities enjoyed by the boys as children with coaches, parents and kids across Scotland.
Through Her Tennis on the Road programme, supported by Royal Bank of Scotland, Judy is travelling around the country to do her bit to inspire more people to take up the game.
Last week saw Judy and her team, along with coaches from NL Leisure, visit Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility for a special session with parents and children.
The emphasis is very much on using fun to develop core skills, with everyone involved in everything from balloon-batting to racket spinning.
Judy said: “Tennis on the Road is about helping to inspire and support parents, teachers and coaches to increase participation and grow the game.
“The programme focuses on how to deliver simple fun skillbuilding sessions – the types of games that Andy and Jamie loved to play when they were kids, but it can also show creative ways to introduce kids to competition.”
NL Leisure’s tennis development officer Grant Shearer said: “It’s been brilliant to have Judy here with us.
“Andy and Jamie are great role-models for any kids interested in sport and it’s amazing for parents and coaches to hear first-hand from their mum about the simple and fun ways they can help to nurture their children’s interest in tennis.”