'She Rallies' Event
Posted: Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:00
A Tennis mad coach from King's Heath joined forces with local school children and one of the game's biggest names on Thursday 21st June, in a drive to get more girls playing tennis.
Leyla Ogan, Racquets Manager at Edgbaston Priory Club and Judy Murray were speaking on behalf of She Rallies, an organisation that Murray founded with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Tennis Scotland two years ago to retain and increase the number of female players and coaches across the UK.
The She Rallies event at the Birmingham club saw over 80 girls take part in a range of tennis activities and 70 women trained to become She Rallies Activators – volunteers tasked with running community-based tennis programmes for girls – was one of a number taking place across the country over the summer.
The events are part of a drive to recruit 2,500 women from a range of backgrounds to train as Activators over the next 12 months across the UK, with around 400 expected to come from the Midlands.
Judy Murray, founder of She Rallies in partnership with the LTA, said
"It's been great to see the drive and enthusiasm of today's new She Rallies Activators, who will go on to inspire more women and girls in the region to play tennis. It's crucial to have positive female role models as coaches as this can help get more girls into the game. She Rallies is a fun and free way to start achieving this aim and we're calling on women everywhere to join us. You don't have to come from a tennis background, just someone who is passionate about giving girls the opportunity to take part in the sport and all the fantastic benefits that can bring!"
Ogan, part of the Edgbaston team responsible for setting up today's event, became a She Rallies Ambassador last year.
"It's been a great day of getting more females involved to help engage and inspire greater numbers of girls to play tennis. We want more females as role models; if anyone has an interest in sport – they don't need to have played tennis before – then I'd encourage them to get involved.
Today has been good opportunity to be alongside the Nature Valley Classic too – the activators have been learning while knowing that the world's best are also competing here."
A number of local courses are taking place for females over the age of 16 to train as She Rallies Activators. To find out more and sign up for a course visit sherallies.com/get-involved/