Guide Leader Mhara gets tennis tips from Judy Murray

Mhara, a Leader with the 229th Cramond Guides, recently attended a SheRallies workshop with tennis star Judy Murray. Find out why she and her Guides can’t wait to put their new tennis tips into action.

When my unit were invited to take in the national launch of Judy Murray’s She Rallies programme we jumped at the chance. My Guides love getting active and playing games, plus they always have lots of energy so this sounded like an ideal opportunity for our unit. As well as having lots of fun on the day and being coached by Judy Murray herself I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn how I can encourage girls in my unit and beyond to get involved in sport.

I was joined by another Guide Leader Katie and women from all over Scotland. Together we were trained to be Activators as part of the She Rallies programme – meaning we’ll be able to help more girls get involved in tennis. We learnt fun games that we could do in our units to teach basic tennis skills. I even had to learn a dance for the ‘Lil Miss Hits’ session. And our Rainbows, Brownies and Guides helped myself, Katie and the other Activators put our training into practice when we ran sessions with them. Some of my Guides even won special keyrings for doing so well.

It was really exciting to be coached by Judy Murray and have a chance to speak to her about what we do in our units. Plus she was happy to pose for photos with the girls and Leaders – a great selfie opportunity!

Judy came up with the She Rallies programme to make it easier for non-tennis specialists – like me – to be able to deliver training for girls and inspire them to get more involved with the sport. Sport and exercise offers so many benefits for girls and young women and it’s a great way to boost physical and mental health whether you’re playing competitively or just for fun with your friends.

However lots of girls are still missing out on these benefits – in fact Girlguiding’s recent Girls Attitude Survey found that two fifths of girls age 11 to 16 said low body confidence puts them off taking part in sport or exercise. That’s why I think programme’s like this, that offer girls a safe space to try something new and build up their confidence, are so important.

I’m really excited to be one of the first SheRallies Activators in Scotland and I can’t wait to put what I’ve learned to use in my unit and in other in my local area. The girls had an amazing day and are already asking if we can play tennis in our unit.

I hope this programme with spark a passion for sport in lots more girls and who knows the next UK or even World Number One might be a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide from Cramond.