By: Monitoring Desk
JUDY Murray dropped into a women’s empowerment event to teach those from Afghan other marginalized backgrounds about tennis.
Tennis coach and mother to star professional Scottish players Andy and Jamie Murray, Judy dropped into a special session organized by Glasgow Afghan United (GAU) for their Women’s Empowerment Project.
GAU uses sports to build self-confidence and skills and overcome isolation amongst women from Afghan and other marginalized backgrounds in Glasgow.
They aim to break down barriers to participation by providing free activities in a safe and sensitive environment.
Murray attended one of the group’s sessions at the Firhill Complex in Maryhill with her Judy Murray Foundation. More than 40 women and their children took part in one of GAU’s best-attended sports events of this kind with a total of around 90.
Everyone was reportedly thrilled with the visit – including one giggling youngster who played with Judy and made a real mark on the mother-of-two. Judy tweeted about the incident, saying: “I couldn’t speak her language. She couldn’t speak mine. But we found the international language of play worked just fine for us.”
Khalida Bostani, a mother-of-seven who helps lead the Women’s Empowerment Project, commented: “Watching Judy play with the children and interact with the women proves exactly why we do this – sport is powerful. It can help break down barriers and change lives.
“Many of the women we work with face many barriers in life, from language and learning to employment and earnings. Most have moved to this country and have to start from scratch. GAU’s Women’s Empowerment Project is about helping them realize their potential – and if there’s anyone who knows about achieving potential, it’s Judy Murray.
“She’s an absolute inspiration and she certainly inspired our members to grab a racket and get involved in sports.”
The session was also attended by Bob Doris MSP and Scottish Refugee Council head Sabir Zazai.
Some GAU members will now receive training to deliver tennis lessons in the community.
The session with a communal feast of home-cooked foods, which Judy was invited to join.
Abdul Bostani, GAU director, said: “We were honored when the Judy Murray Foundation agreed to join us and share her expertise. Her team were terrific, and we would like to thank them for everything they’ve done.
“It was wonderful to see how happy the children were and how much their mothers were enjoying themselves.”