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When we were in lockdown at home during our Sports Leaders period we watched a pre-recorded video of Judy Murray teaching us her Miss Hit’s content. The video was broken down into sections covering all the different skills that could possibly be needed when teaching her course. It was extremely easy to follow and understand as it described in simple steps how we could teach her content at ease. This was very helpful as when we were coaching the younger children we anticipated what was coming next and no surprises were thrown at us that we couldn’t make a quick fix with. Judy’s video gave us some tips on how children learn best which allowed us as Sport Leaders to plan ahead on how we would instruct the sessions. It was an inspiring and motivating video and led to us being eager to start coaching.
At the start of the day we split up into groups, each group led a different activity from serves, to smash shots and everything in between. We set up all the equipment and met Judy for the first time before the Junior School students came along. She was extremely inspirational and told us some of her tips and tricks with working with younger children. This was very helpful advice that we used throughout the session and we learnt so much from Judy that we were able to transfer onto different elements of our lives. Teaching was made easier as the content was extremely well thought out and planned, so it was exceptionally suited to the age group we were coaching, which made it fun and enjoyable for everyone around us and including ourselves. This was furthered by Judy’s enthusiasm about the sport and coaching young girls in sports. This was projected onto us boosting our confidence and excitement towards teaching the younger girls. This made the experience for them more enjoyable as they got greater benefits from the session, as it really improved the girl’s tennis skills in a short session. It boosted our confidence as sports leaders especially in teaching children the skills they need at the start of their sporting career.
It was a great afternoon, that everyone thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from. We hope there will be another Miss Hits session with Judy Murray soon.
Katie and Grace
The second half of the afternoon with Judy Murray was with the Lower 4s, which was great to work with a slightly older year group in smaller numbers and develop a team environment. Since the event was completely new to us, Judy gave us engaging, and at some points hilarious, demonstrations on different Netball, Tennis and Football activities thanks to her creativity and commentary! During the demonstrations, especially in tennis, we got to see Judy’s very competitive side!
We were then divided into smaller groups to work on these activities which included mini games and competitions – for example one person kicked a football while the other chest passed a netball. It was amazing how quickly we bonded between both year groups to rise to the challenges that Judy had set for us. Everyone in the groups had different strengths in different sports but the football aspect was probably the hardest for all of us. All the activities challenged our hand-eye and foot coordination. We learnt to transfer skills from one sport to another and adapt very quickly since we had to change sports often as we were doing all three sports in the same space.
A highlight for everyone was definitely having to throw and catch in groups with multiple water balloons, the fear of getting soaked really heightened our focus. We quickly learnt that the trick with this was to keep calm and not to panic, much like in any competitive sport, although almost everyone got slightly wet at the end.
It was a great afternoon where we learned so much about teamwork and individual skills. We are so grateful to Judy, and the school, for this opportunity.
Amelie and Anya
Having the videos was very useful as it gave a clear visual demonstration of the activity we needed to carry out and gave advice on how to deal with the students. Also, having Judy in person was good as it meant that we got constant feedback and advice on how to carry out our event effectively.
The skills activities in the afternoon were engaging and transferable across all sports, this was important as everyone could fully get involved and learn from the experience. This experience helped us also develop our communication skills with our school peers we do not usually speak to. Furthermore, in all areas of the day we had to implement and develop our leadership skills with younger pupils and others our own age, whilst also applying the ideas and feedback from Judy and others into our events.
Overall, it was a memorable experience that has taught us skills we will need in the future.
Louisa and Lucy