Judy Murray has used her extensive experience of working in schools with teachers and practitioners to develop a tennis resource designed for delivery in physical education for children and young people aged 5 -18. The resource is based on her philosophy of creating practices and games that develop the skills needed to play the game and that do the teaching for you.
'I believe that teachers and practitioners are the key to growing tennis in Scotland, giving many more children and young people the chance to play. I understand what tennis demands of new starts and the challenges of teaching tennis to large, mixed-ability groups in a range of school environments.' Judy Murray
The content in the resource does not require a tennis court and can be adapted to fit whatever school space is available – gym, hall, playground or pitch – making tennis accessible to all.
The resource demonstrates a range of progressive and coherent practices and games, which are designed to:
- build teacher confidence and support the delivery of tennis within physical education
- provide a platform from which learners can build physical competencies and cognitive skills, improve aspects of fitness and develop personal and interpersonal skills and attributes (Significant Aspects of Learning)
- support learners to develop transferable skills which can be applied in a wide range of physical activity, sport, and dance and enhance their mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing in preparation for leading a fulfilling, active and healthy lifestyle
- provide enjoyment, challenge and success for each learner using the activities themselves to teach the learners about tennis, without the need for technical detail.
Explore this resource
Tennis is a think, move and hit sport. Judy delivers directly to the practitioner using a series of video clips to demonstrate and explain a range of progressive practices and games using a variety of equipment. The resource is split into different sections and each one focuses on a particular piece (or pieces) of equipment. The equipment can also be adapted depending on what is available and to the needs of individual learners.
Judy shows how to set up and deliver the content and explains how each practice or game is linked to tennis.
She starts with the simplest practice to build confidence through success and enjoyment and then delivers tennis-specific teaching points across the many progressions. In each section, Judy introduces a new practice, initially in a small space and then gradually adds in some movement before introducing a game or competition.
Teachers and practitioners using the resource can apply knowledge of their own learners to choose the most relevant content at the right time. This resource used in conjunction with the experiences and outcomes and benchmarks can contribute to planned physical education.
The resource is split into a number of different sections:
- Primary - also relevant for some learners in secondary
- Secondary - also relevant for some learners in primary, particularly at second level
- Developing Tennis Skills - Three different station-based programmes suitable for primary and secondary learners in school and at home.
- Tennis at Home - suitable for primary and secondary learners and families. A series of fun exercises and games that Jamie and Andy Murray used to develop the skills that they needed to be able to play tennis. There’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy. All you need is a small space, some simple play equipment and household items.
- Tennis in Schools - suitable for primary and secondary learners. A series of fun exercises and games that Jamie and Andy Murray used to develop the skills that they needed to be able to play tennis. All you need is a small space and some simple play equipment.
The following supporting documents can be downloaded to support delivery:
Developing Tennis Skills
Tennis at Home
Tennis in Schools
- In what ways could you introduce the activities from this resource to your current practice?
- In what ways could you adapt the material that is demonstrated, to meet the needs of your learners?
- In what ways might you develop your pedagogical approach in physical education to enhance the learner’s experience?