sport news Judy Murray on her passion to deliver tennis to Scottish children

She is back where she started. This is not only a good thing but, perhaps, the best of things. Judy Murray has travelled the globe, watching her boys conquer the world.

She has endured and enjoyed the ordeal of dancing live on television. She has advised the top professionals, in her guise as captain of the Great Britain Federation Cup team and has written a memoir shortlisted for awards.

But, in truth, from Melbourne to Milton Keynes, from Wimbledon to Wigton, she has never strayed far from Dunblane in terms of spirit and experience.

Judy Murray has maintained her passion for spreading tennis among Scottish youngsters

Judy Murray has maintained her passion for spreading tennis among Scottish youngsters

'It's right back to where I started,' she says of the first event of the Judy Murray Foundation which takes place in Greenock on Sunday.

The ethos and aims of the foundation hark back to the days of more than two decades ago when Murray took her two sons to Dunblane Tennis Club. The lessons of those days have remained.

The boys went on to become world No1s, Andy in singles and Jamie in doubles, winning a combined eight grand slams and leading Team GB to a Davis Cup title. Murray has been buoyed and uplifted from this experience but she has been informed by other moments, less spectacular but deeply educational.

'We were out on the football pitches at one of the primary schools in Drumchapel,' she says of a day with her Tennis on the Road programme that seeks to bring the sport to disadvantaged or rural areas. 'And there was this wee boy... he was amazing.

'We were all doing a volleying drill where the maximum hits is about ten. I had to stop him at 60 shots. He could concentrate, he was competitive, he had great control of the racket and he had never played before. I thought: "Wow".' She also knew the boy would be lost to tennis.

'There is no infrastructure,' she says. 'It has always been infuriating for me the idea that tennis is just for people with money. We have had Jamie and Andy in the public eye in Scotland for so long. Yet so many still can't access the sport because there aren't enough public courts or enough people to learn from.'

This reality is the foundation of the Judy Murray Foundation and it leans on her experiences in Dunblane a quarter of a century ago.

Murray is determined to combat high levels of childhood obesity in her home country

Murray is determined to combat high levels of childhood obesity in her home country

'I started by volunteering at the tennis club and now I am going into other communities to teach people - volunteers - how to get others started,' she says.

'Everything I experienced and everything I learned came out of the community. It came out of my parents first and then the kids and adults at the local club.

'It is the power of bringing people in local areas together and helping each other.' Murray believes that primary prodigy in Drumchapel may have been lost to football. She is sanguine about this because the foundation does not seek to create elite players or poach talents from other sports. It has a deeper purpose. It is a charity that wants to grow the sport, increase the number of coaches and bring more children out to play.

'I believe in investing in people and working with communities, so the JMF will identify a number of projects in disadvantaged and rural areas of Scotland and build workforces within those areas over a three-year period,' she says.

'Not everyone has tennis courts or coaches or even the money to pay for facilities or sessions, so I will show teachers, parents, youth leaders and students how to deliver starter tennis to kids, teens and adults in whatever space they have available. If we grow the workforce to create a demand, then we can influence the building of courts that will be available to those communities.'

The first project revolves around the Rankin Park site in

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