Judy Murray backs Naomi Broady for Aegon Manchester Trophy
The Northern Lawn Tennis Club in Didsbury received a special visitor yesterday as Judy Murray stopped by ahead of the start of the Aegon Manchester Trophy. The women’s Wimbledon warm up tournament will run from Sunday 11 – Sunday 18 June and feature international and British tennis stars, including Stockport’s Naomi Broady.
Neville Hewer, Chairman of The Northern was delighted to welcome Murray to the club and delved through the archives to confirm Judy’s memory of her previous visit:
As well as promoting the Aegon Manchester Trophy, Murray was also in Manchester to run her ‘She Rallies’ programme, to create more opportunities for women and girls in tennis. The Northern hosted a Lil’ Miss Hits session for primary school age children with their mums before the action moved to Fletcher Moss Gardens where She Rallies ambassadors were instructed in how to deliver fun competitions for teenage girls. Children from tennis programmes and schools across the city took part in the She Rallies sessions including Fletcher Moss Community Tennis, Manchester High School for Girls, The Northern and Kidszone.
Judy Murray said: “She Rallies is a programme that I created for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to help to drive participation and retention amongst girls and women in tennis and also to build a much bigger and stronger female delivery workforce, we need many more female coaches and we need a lot more little girls coming into the game, so it’s perfect to promote the She Rallies programme against the backdrop of a major women’s tennis event like the Aegon Manchester Trophy.”
Author : Emily Fitzgibbons
Editor at The Glossy Magazine | Journalist & Office Manager at Salutions Limited