JUDY Murray and ITV producers were the special guests at a St Helens school this week, speaking to girls interested in pursuing a career in sport.

As part of ITV's new 'Driving Force' series, Mrs Murray has been travelling to schools and youth centres around the country to speak to girls about the opportunities available to young people within the sporting industry.

Around 100 girls attended her presentation at Rainford High, with Judy sharing exclusive insight into the new series and what she has learned from interviewing prominent sportswomen across a range of sports.

Judy, a renowned tennis coach and mother of the two-time Wimbledon champion Sir Andy Murray, has been looking into what influences have shaped these women's successful careers, and by spreading this message, hopes to inspire a new generation of women into sport.

The 62-year-old gave the girls personal advice and ways to develop their sporting skills, while touching upon her own experiences as a player and a coach - as well the hurdles she often faced as a woman in the sporting industry.

She was also joined at the school by Liv Cooke, five-time world champion football freestyler and Instagram and TikTok personality, who similarly shared her story and strategies for success.

Judy is the host of ITV’s new series, Driving Force, where she interviews prominent sportswomen, finding out what influences shaped their pioneering careers. She shared exclusive insight into the new series with the students and how she is determined to break down the barriers to inspire a new generation.

One year 10 at Rainford High said: “It was a great event and the advice and inspiration from listening and working with Judy and Liv was a fantastic opportunity.”

Principal of the school, Ian Young, said: “It has been wonderful welcoming Judy Murray and Liv Cooke into school as part of the Driving Force school tour. Both of our guests opened up to our young women and shared the challenges of being a woman in top-level sport.

“As a school, we encourage everyone to follow their dreams and our ethos of ‘Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps, Everyone Succeeds’ supports just that. I hope our young women feel even more confident to delve into the vast career options associated with sport.”