• Latest News - July 3, 2015

    Empowerment starts at the grass roots

    ​​​​RTP_SC_050a_©www.tonyellisphotography.co.uk(All rights  reserved).jpgTwo leading women in tennis, Martina Navratilova and Judy Murray, met at Right To Play Women's Network breakfast event in the opening week of Wimbledon. They discussed gender-based challenges, tying back to Right To Play's aim to empower girls from disadvantaged communities with the skills they need to make informed life choices.

    Martina, who is considered to be one of the best tennis players of all time and a strong supporter of children's rights, highlighted the importance of female coaches and involvement in sport, as well as the need for more female decision-makers in society in general.

    "At a grassroots level, it is very much about teaching the teachers how to acknowledge and overcome barriers and encourage self-confidence," said Martina.

    This approach directly links back to the work that Right To Play does in training Coaches to become leaders and role models. Through games, the Coaches build trust in children and the community, reach across gender and cultural divides and help teach crucial life skills.

    When asked what she would advise women today about facing challenges in work and life, she said: "Do it your way and believe in that. Surround yourself with the people that support you."

    In a similar vein to Right To Play's philosophy on the links between sporting and life skills, she added, "Like in tennis, it's not just about hitting the ball, it's about learning how to play the game." 

    Read more​ about the Right To Play Women's Network​