Judy Murray speaks at Dundee Academy of Sport
Judy Murray was in Dundee today (Tuesday, March 10) to speak at the Dundee Academy of Sport, a project led by Abertay University.
Over 300 sports professionals, school pupils, students and community sports volunteers will gathered at the West Park conference centre to hear Judy speaking about her career and continuing ambitions in an informal discussion with Gary Robinson from Wave 102.
Alongside using sport to engage young people in their education - so as to raise their aspirations and increase school attainment levels - one of the Academy’s main aims is to develop the region’s workforce.
It does this by providing training and continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities to those working in the sport and leisure industry, and runs a programme of events each year.
The event with Judy – entitled Next Steps to Learning – was the first in the Academy’s series of CPD events for 2015.
The full programme has now been launched and can be viewed on the Dundee Academy of Sport Website.
Speaking ahead of the event, Alan Clark – Project Officer at the Dundee Academy of Sport – said:
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming Judy to Dundee. Many of the issues she promotes and passionately supports - such as the importance of growing an accomplished sporting workforce and of encouraging more women to think about careers in sport - echo the ethos of the Dundee Academy of Sport, so we were delighted when she agreed to come and speak at our first CPD event of the year.
“With 64 titles to her name, an international career, membership as one of the first women on the LTA elite coaching group and captaincy of the Fed Cup team as some of her achievements, Judy is one of Scotland’s sporting success stories and the session will give all those attending the opportunity to gain an insight into her ongoing career as well as the chance to find out what drives her to keep moving forward and keep pushing the boundaries in sport.
“It will be a great day, and I’m sure that everyone attending will take away something that will inspire them and enrich their learning and teaching practice.”
Speaking at the event, Judy Murray said:
“There is a massive massive opportunity to capitalise on the buzz about tennis that’s been created by Andy and Jamie’s success and, of course, I really want to try to grow the game up here, so I’m sure among the 300 young people who are here today we’ve got a potential future tennis workforce for the Dundee area.
“There is talent everywhere in the country, but talent without opportunity doesn’t come to anything and you need somebody to create the opportunity so in a sport like tennis the first opportunity is that there are courts and there is somebody to stimulate the interest. So whether that’s a coach or just somebody who arranges sessions or drop-in sessions – or competitions – which comes down to the workforce.
"But I think that what Andy and Jamie achieved as being just two wee boys in a local club in Dunblane in a country where there was no track record of tennis and they went on to both win grand slam titles, I think what that shows is that anything is possible if you have the talent, somebody ceates the opportunity and then you work your socks off to get as far as you can. But we’ve got to believe and we’ve got to be ambitious.
“We set up a programme called Tennis on the Road just recently, which is basically a van full of people and equipment and we’re taking that into places where tennis either doesn’t exist, or has limited activity, but where there’s a will for people to grow the game in that area. And we help to build a workforce. So that’s what I’m going to work with with the Academy of Sport on – to train up any of these people who are here today who want to deliver tennis in order that Dundee’s courts can be busy. In order that people can take tennis into the schools. Because without that, they’ll have courts but it won’t come to anything. And all the activity in the park and the schools can feed the clubs and hopefully stimulate the growth in the clubs."
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Notes to Editors:
The Dundee Academy of Sport was launched in January 2014, and is a partnership between Abertay University and Dundee & Angus College.
It has three main aims:
to engage young people in their wider education by bringing subjects like history and maths to life through sport - either through their participation in sport or their interest in it. The intention is to widen and increase school attainment levels.
to further develop the region’s workforce in the sport and leisure industry by working with local communities to offer training and development opportunities for sports teachers and professionals, as well as volunteers.
to be Scotland’s leading provider of sports education and research by providing seamless transition from school-leaver right up to PhD level.Back to News