With just one week to go before a group of tennis legends descend on Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Judy Murray has joined forces with Brain Health Scotland to make sure local pupils can perfect their tennis skills while learning about healthy habits that can keep their brains in tip top condition in future.
In several sessions ahead of the Brodies Tennis Invitational – taking place 28-30 September at the EICC- Judy encouraged pupils from Davidson’s Mains Primary School in Edinburgh to join a series of tennis workshops which aimed to promote the benefits of sports participation on brain health. The programme was run in conjunction with Brain Health Scotland, the charity partner of BTI, and its ‘My Amazing Brain’ campaign which provides free resources to educators of 8-12 year olds to help children learn about how to keep their brain healthy.
Thursday also saw Judy work with the charity to deliver similar sessions to adults living with dementia and their family members. Later this week, she will host similar sessions will be held for senior sports leaders and PE teachers, who will play a major part in the continued the delivery of the programme.
Judy Murray said: “I have travelled the length and breadth of Scotland, and beyond, in order to encourage more people to get involved in playing and delivering tennis and I’ve seen the many benefits that people of all ages and abilities can experience when they take part in physical activity and become part of a community group. This initiative was the perfect way for me to support Brodies Tennis Invitational and its charity partner, Brain Health Scotland, and to help make sure the event makes a positive impact in the community.”
Sophie Fraser, Education and Engagement Lead, Brain Health Scotland said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Brodies Tennis Invitational and Judy Murray on the community outreach programme this week. It’s our aim to inspire and empower young people to learn about the things they can do to keep their brains healthy and to set up good habits early in life. Brain Health Scotland’s goal is to reduce the incidence of dementia across Scotland, and the evidence shows that setting the scene for healthy lifestyle habits early, can make a positive difference towards this.”
Brodies Tennis Invitational takes place 28-30 September at the EICC, for the chance to see former top 10 players including Feliciano Lopez, Greg Rusedski, Jo Konta and Mark Philippoussis, along with many others, get your tickets here.