Judy Murray coaches Mackie Academy pupils

JUDY MURRAY AND FELLOW TENNIS COACH KRIS SOUTAR AT ABERDEEN SPORTS VILLAGE
JUDY MURRAY AND FELLOW TENNIS COACH KRIS SOUTAR AT ABERDEEN SPORTS VILLAGE

As Andy Murray celebrated his Olympic Gold, his mother Judy Murray served up a lesson in inspiration to Aberdeenshire teenagers.

Pupils from Mackie Academy, as well as Harlaw Academy, Bridge of Don Academy, Banff Academy took part in the session at Aberdeen Sports Village.

The Scottish tennis coach, whose two sons Andy and Jamie, have forged successful tennis careers, spent time with S5 and S6 pupils at Aberdeen Sports Village on Monday (August 22) afternoon.

The visit was organised on behalf of Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) North East, which is a seven-year programme which aims to better prepare children and young people from ages 3–18 for the world of work.

Judy Murray facilitated two 45-minute interactive sessions at Aberdeen Sports Village focussing on the difference marginal gains can make when people apply themselves in either sport or their studies.

Judy Murray said: “It is so important to work with young people of all ages and encourage them from an early age to apply themselves as best they can.

“Inspiring them to do their best can make a real difference to their lives now and in the future and set them on the right path to a successful career in the workplace.

“Meeting these North-east teenagers at such a superb facility like Aberdeen Sports Village really highlights that young people can be inspired through encouragement and spending time in the right environment can give them an insight into what a little determination and focus can achieve.”

There has been a rise in youngsters taking up tennis in Scotland in recent years due to the success of Andy Murray.