Murray's mum goes for gold

7th September 2012 at 01:00
Her sporting programme aims to give youngsters a grounding in their chosen activity. Emma Seith reports

Judy Murray - along with her tennis star sons, Andy and Jamie - has recently launched Set4Sport, a programme that encourages five- to eight- year-olds to get the grounding they need to be good at sport.

Teachers and sports coaches talk about developing the ABCs - agility, balance and coordination. While that has a nice ring to it, the best sequence for teaching youngsters the fundamentals of movement is BCA, says Judy - balance first, then coordination and then agility.

By playing games such as double trouble - passing and catching two balls - children can develop spatial awareness, balance and tactical thinking, all skills that could set them on the right road to becoming sports champions of the future.

The Set4Sport programme was born in the Murrays' back garden in Dunblane when Andy and Jamie were children.

Judy says: "We didn't know it then, but we were taking part in the most basic of coaching sessions. I come from a sporty family and so it was pretty much second nature for me to want to play ball games with Jamie and Andy from almost as soon as they could walk.

"Not only was it great fun, but it also helped them to develop the coordination skills that would allow them to play any sport competently in later life. They went on to become pretty decent tennis players, as you know, but Jamie has a 3 handicap at golf and Andy once trialled with Glasgow Rangers."

On the Set4Sport website parents can discover more about the foundation their children need to develop in their chosen sport and some of the games they could try to bring them on. Only basic equipment, which can be found in most homes, is required.

Judy adds: "All you need are some basic everyday objects, a child who wants to play and someone who wants to play with them."

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