10 December 2018
Tennis coach Judy Murray OBE putting her #WhatIf pledge into practice © SNS Group
When Women in Football launched #WhatIf in May, individuals and organisations from the football industry and beyond got behind our ground-breaking campaign in huge numbers.
From BT Sport to Billie-Jean King, from Everton to a special Twitter emoji and from talks on journalism by Lynsey Hooper to elite coaching opportunities - a non-stop succession of pledges have been put into acton which continue to change the footballing landscape.
Tennis coach Judy Murray, awarded an OBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to tennis, women in sport, and charity, publicly added her support to the campaign within 24 hours of its launch. She shared the following pledge on Twitter: #whatif I come and share experiences and coaching methods/philosophies with womens football workforce? Stronger together.
Fast forward five months and Judy's fantastic pledge came to fruition at Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre, in Edinburgh when she hosted a special event in conjunction with the Scottish Football Association.
Judy shared her ideas, experience and teaching philosophies with an audience of coaches, who not only listened intently, but also engaged in (and clearly enjoyed!) a number of practical activities to enhance their learning.
Speaking on social media after the event, she said: "Loved my morning at Oriam with the Scottish FA Coach Education team and lots of coaches. Sharing my journey as a female coach, ideas for skill development (including the water bomb for soft hands) + my teaching philosophy. Collaboration btwn sports is common sense. #whatif"
If you are an individual or organisation who would like to know more about #WhatIf, or would like to make a pledge, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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