St Mary’s Calne Tennis Academy (SMCTA) was invited to represent Wiltshire at the South West Regional Judy Murray ‘She Rallies’ workshop at Coombe Dingle Tennis Centre in Bristol. This workshop is a national LTA initiative to get more females involved with both playing and coaching tennis and it was a privilege for the girls to be representing Wiltshire.
This really was a great opportunity for our pupils to gain an understanding of Judy’s experience in tennis and to be inspired by a woman that has raised two World Number 1 tennis players and multiple Grand Slam winners, not to mention being former GB Federation Cup Captain. Year 9 girls - Alice and Catriona, Sarah, Lydia, Talitha and Octavia participated in a Q and A session with Judy which was insightful, humorous and very interesting.
Later in the afternoon, SMCTA’s team began a Touch Tennis Tournament against other schools and clubs from across the region where Judy played tennis with, and against, many of our pupils. Having played fantastically and adapted well to the rules after a shaky start, Judy Murray announced that SMCTA’s team were the Runners-Up and presented each of our pupils with a certificate and prizes. However, the highlight for the team was when Octavia accidentally hit Judy Murray on the back of the head with a tennis ball whilst she was in the middle of a photo shoot. More practice needed at Touch Tennis Octavia!