Judy Murray and Kris Soutar bring 'Tennis on the Road' to St Andrews
Thursday 09 November 2017
On Monday 16th of October the University welcomed Judy Murray and Kris Soutar, to St Andrews as part of their ‘Tennis on the Road’ programme to help train up a tennis workforce, made up of students, local teenagers (tennis leaders) and teachers. Supported by Tennis Scotland and the LTA, the course involved plenty of games, drills and activities focusing on developing coordination, agility and teamwork, and gave the volunteer coaches the tools they need to be able to deliver tennis to schools and children from the local community.
Over the course of the day, Judy and Kris (a former member of Judy’s National Coaching Team) ran a variety of activities focussing on developing the student coaches’ability to teach tennis in a way that is engaging and accessible for all. In the final session their training was put into practice, with a group of local children getting to experience the games and drills first hand.
Director of Sport, Stephen Stewart commented: ‘we continuously try to bring inspirational sporting figures to St Andrews in order to motivate and enthuse our students. Having Judy and Kris here was an incredible opportunity for our athletes and I am sure they learnt some invaluable skills which will help shape their sporting successes in the future.’
Judy and Kris’s visit has only increased anticipation for the completion of the new four-court indoor tennis centre, currently under construction at University Park.
Director of Tennis, Mike Aitken said: “It was great to have Judy and Kris in St Andrews supporting our programme and helping us to develop a workforce for the University’s new indoor tennis centre. Today Judy and Kris have inspired a new generation of volunteers to go out into the local community to get more children playing the game. All we have learnt can now be put to good use as we develop our new coaching programme, which will benefit our students, staff and the local community alike.”
Construction of the tennis centre began in January 2017 and is due to be completed in February 2018. Mike is hoping to develop the tennis workforce in order to increase the support for the tennis programme in St Andrews and is looking for coaches to join the team in the hope that as many players as possible can benefit from the new centre when it is complete.
Mike explains: ‘the prospect of having indoor tennis facilities is very exciting. Staff, students and the local community will all benefit from this facility and it will be a great opportunity to advance tennis in St Andrews. We hope to invite schools to use the facility which not only gives local children a chance to develop their skills, but also gives our coaches and volunteers a chance to put into action what they have learnt from Judy and Kris.’
For further updates on the progress of the tennis centre, please follow our photo blog.
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