We are honoured and delighted to welcome Judy Murray as our Chieftain for the 2015 Bridge of Allan Highland Games.
A former Scottish internationalist with 64 national titles to her name, she represented GB at the World Student Games in 1981 (while studying French and Business Studies at Edinburgh University) and won the British Hard Court women’s doubles title the same year.
Judy took her first coaching qualification as a 17 year old but started as a volunteer at Dunblane Tennis Club when her children were toddlers. She became Scottish National Coach in 1994, the same year that she became the first woman to pass the LTA’s Performance Coach Award. She initiated the Scottish Development School programme which targeted 20 kids age 8-11 + which ultimately produced 4 Davis Cup players and 1 Fed Cup player, including her Grand Slam winning sons, Jamie and Andy. In 2011, she was appointed as captain of the British Fed Cup Team – and has used that role to grow the profile and numbers in women’s and girls tennis in GB and to increase and improve the female coach workforce.
She is passionate about growing the game in GB and has developed several initiatives including Miss-Hits – a fun starter tennis programme for girls age 5-8 and Tennis on the Road – a mobile outreach programme which takes tennis into areas of Scotland where the sport doesn’t exist – and builds workforces from local teachers, students, parents, volunteers and coaches of other sports.