Wortham tennis coach links up with Murray

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Wortham head coach Emily Wharton has been named as one of the East Region’s ambassadors for Judy Murray’s ‘She Rallies’ initiative.

Murray — mother of Grand Slam champions Andy and Jamie — has designed the programme along with British Tennis to ‘attract and retain more women and girls in tennis by inspiring and empowering a female workforce to create more opportunities’.

Speaking about her appointment, Wharton said: “I am delighted to be an ambassador for the East Region.

“I have been coaching for 12 years and during that time I have experienced first-hand how intimidating working in a male dominant environment at times can be.

“This initiative is a big step in the right direction to closing the gender gap in our sport.

“I am excited to meet and work with lots of passionate women who want to help us achieve this.”

Meanwhile, Murray added: “There is still a significant gap in terms of players and coaches at all levels of the women’s game.

“This has to change. She Rallies will create opportunities in tennis for women and girls from the grassroots through to international level.”

To find out more information on the ‘She Rallies’ initiative in and around Suffolk, contact Wharton on suffolk.sherallies@gmail.com or visit www.sherallies.com