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05 Jun 2017
Australian High-Performance Tennis Coach Discusses Importance of Language in Girls’ Tennis
Emma Alex 250wSt George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh welcomed the Australian High Performance Tennis Coach and international speaker, Emma Doyle, yesterday, when she held a public seminar addressing ways in which language can be used more effectively in tennis coaching to develop self-esteem and self-confidence in girls.

Renowned for being passionate about the use of language, and how communication between player and coach is the key ingredient to success in tennis, Emma presented practical strategies on how to find the right choice of words to encourage girls.

Emma Doyle says: “Many more girls than boys drop out of tennis at a young age due to a lack of self- confidence. The way in which we talk to children often becomes their inner voice. We need to be more self-aware of the language we use to connect with girls. One of the ways we can do this is by phrasing questions so they are positive. We need to be mindful of the power of positive thinking. We can also look for opportunities to engage girls in problem-solving and decision making which gives them a sense of empowerment and encourages ownership, helping girls to feel good about themselves.”

Since 1888 St George’s School has led the way in the provision of all-through education for girls in Edinburgh. Alex Hems, Head of St George’s School, commented: “It was a pleasure to welcome Emma Doyle to St George’s. Her valuable teaching on the importance of language in raising confidence in girls is of great interest to the school; she addresses head-on one of the challenges that exist in today’s society for our pupils and their parents.”

Emma Doyle has been in performance tennis coaching for over 20 years, specialising in improving the knowledge, skills and behaviour of both coaches and players around the world. She has recently joined forces with Judy Murray to champion raising awareness of girls’ tennis and to improve the participation level of girls in the game. Working with Judy Murray, they have launched Judy’s ‘Miss Hits’ tennis programme in Australia and are due to introduce it in the USA in New York to coincide with the US Tennis Open in August. The ‘Miss Hits’ programme is an introduction to tennis for young girls aged 5-8, designed by Judy Murray.

Judy Murray commented “Emma is one of the most dynamic and professional coaches I have ever met. She has developed an impressive range of workshops and talks focusing on working effectively with girls, and is becoming a world leader in this field.”

You can read more on tennis at St George’s here

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