Judy Murray Inspires the Next Generation of Sporting Professionals at Cardiff Met

​Judy Murray OBE and former Welsh National Coach Ellinore Lightbody on stage at Cardiff Met's School of Sport and Health Sciences

12/10/2017​

Judy Murray OBE recently spoke about her coaching knowledge, expertise and philosophy to students from Cardiff Met's School of Sport and Health Sciences.  

Judy was joined on stage by former Welsh National Coach Ellinore Lightbody where they both answered a range of questions from students from across the sporting spectrum at Cardiff Met. 

The former British Fed cup team captain also spoke about her sons, Andy and Jamie, both of whom are former world number ones in men's singles and doubles respectively.  

Both Judy and Ellinore spoke about their personal coaching philosophies – both believing in the power of play and teaching tennis through fun games.  

Judy spoke about her time as Scottish national coach when she invested time in having fun and socialising with the young  players – a time when they felt they were more likely to open up to her. 

When asked about her ideal supercoach, Judy spoke about Frank Dick, the former British Athletics Federation's Director of Coaching who she says had the biggest influence on her and who taught her that coaches don't have to be experts in all areas.  

Judy also spoke about Sir Alex Ferguson who helped her understand the importance of developing mental skills: "Alex Ferguson has been in our corner since 2005 and has been an incredible source of advice and inspiration. He is just so emotionally intelligent – he just gets people."  

When asked about the low number of women working as tennis coaches, Judy said: "We're working with the Lawn Tennis Association to create a better career pathway for women. In order for us to bring in more girls to the game, we need more women at entry level." 

Ellinore was quizzed by the student audience about creating the perfect winning culture. Talking about her time in Hong Kong for the Fed Cup she said: "We developed team spirit, we played lots of games. We focused on success, what we could do well. Whatever experience we had, we bounced back." 

Speaking about the question and answer session, Lecturer in Performance Spo rt (Tennis), and Performance Director of Tennis, Ellen Jones said: "We were absolutely delighted to welcome Judy and Ellinore to Cardiff Met today.  It was a fantastic opportunity for our students and a hugely valuable learning experience."