Former Fed Cup captain “passionate about the wide-ranging benefits of sport.”
Judy Murray inspires kids to play tennis
David Lloyd Clubs is delighted to announce that Judy Murray, mother to current World No.1 singles player Sir Andy, and former World No.1 doubles players Jamie, has a new role as coach consultant to the UK’s leading health and fitness operator. Judy’s new role will see her visit six David Lloyd Clubs across the UK in March to deliver a Judy Murray Coach Training Workshop, exclusive for David Lloyd Club’s tennis coaches
Former Fed Cup captain Judy Murray comments: “My aim is to get children engaged and active through sport and enjoying tennis in particular. The same motor skills underpin every sport and these can be developed in a fun and natural way through family play. A child's first port of call when they want to try any activity, is the parent so the more we can engage the whole family, the better. Sport has so many wide-ranging benefits in terms of life skills so I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge and passion with the whole family!”
David Bulgin, David Lloyd Clubs Group Racquets Manager commented: “We are very excited to be working with Judy Murray in her new role as coach consultant. David Lloyd Clubs is committed to encouraging all children to start playing and enjoying tennis, whatever their level or age through fun and engaging tennis coaching. Judy buys into the our mission to get the entire family active in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere, be that through tennis or another sport or leisure activity that we offer. The fact that both Andy and Jamie have been junior members with us and that we’ve previously supported them, is testament to our strong and successful working relationship with the Murray family.”
David Lloyd Woking is the first stop for Judy of a six day tour, which will see her travel across the UK to five other David Lloyd Clubs. During her visits, Judy will also host a one hour junior coaching masterclass for the health and fitness clubs’ junior members, aimed to increase participation in tennis and sport and encourage kids to get more active.
David Bulgin from David Lloyd Clubs continues; “Judy’s interactive workshops are full of innovative drills, fun games and skill building exercises and will cover the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of each activity as well as the ‘how to do’ and ‘how to be’ while delivering. It will be a great experience and opportunity for our coaching team to learn from Judy, and the workshops will focus as much on communication and organisation as content. Tennis is not only great for general fitness and agility, it’s also good for self-confidence and social skills. It’s fantastic to see so many youngsters moving away from their laptops and technology and taking up this fun and social sport.”
David Lloyd Clubs offer the whole family unrivalled facilities, services and programmes to achieve their health and fitness goals. Inspired by Sir Andy Murray and the British Tennis recent Davis Cup success in November 2015, David Lloyd Clubs reported a 12% increase in the numbers of children aged 5 to 13 years signing up as racquets members, with a 10% increase in the number of children in the Tennis All Stars Coaching Programme during 2016. Each week 13,000 children learn to play in the Tennis All Stars Coaching Programme.
With Team GB enjoying continued success and the legacy of sport from London 2012 still burning bright, it is important that David Lloyd Clubs are at the forefront of continuing and evolving this upward trend.
If you enjoy being part of a vibrant community, David Lloyd Clubs has something for everyone, with a family first approach. A crèche is even designed around adult group exercise time tables, to ensure nobody misses out!
To see the full range of David Lloyd Clubs facilities click here.
To claim your free family pass for David Lloyd Woking, please visit - David Lloyd Woking.
Judy Murray Club Tour
Judy Murray will be visiting the clubs below to deliver her Coach Training Workshops for David Lloyd Club’s tennis coaches and then hosting a 1 hour junior masterclass session from 4.00-5.00 PM afterwards.
Tuesday 7th March: DL Woking 4-5pm
Wednesday 8th March: DL Hatfield 4-5pm
Thursday 9th March: DL Gidea Park 4-5pm
Tuesday 14th March: DL Edinburgh 4-5pm
Wednesday 15th March: DL Manchester 4-5pm
Thursday 16th March: DL Solihull Cranmore 4-5pm
*Timings may vary
Judy Murray Interview Opportunities
Media and bloggers are invited to attend any of the Junior Masterclass events. Media and bloggers are invited to video, photograph, blog, tweet and share content for social media channels and for their media outlets.
Please register your name, position and media outlet to Joe Tyler or Richard Henman if you would like to attend any of the Judy Murray events.
Judy Murray is available for interviews after each Junior Masterclass. However time with Judy Murray at each event is limited so please contact either Joe Tyler or Richard Henman if you like to arrange an interview with Judy Murray.
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About David Lloyd Leisure Group
The David Lloyd Leisure Group operates 83 clubs in the UK and a further 12 clubs across Europe, comprising David Lloyd Clubs and Harbour Clubs.
It has approximately 486,000 members and employs 6,300 people. This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 1,800, while it contracts the services of more than 450 tennis professionals. Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 155 swimming pools (of which half are indoor) and offers over 10,000 exercise classes per week.
Every week 20,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure, 12,500 learn to play tennis and 13,000 children learn to play each week in the Tennis All Stars Coaching Programme.
David Lloyd Club’s racquets facilities are unparalleled with 800 tennis courts as well as 180 badminton courts and 140 squash courts. Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free internet access, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.
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