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Andy Murray is a Scottish tennis player, a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion and former world No. 1.

Born in Glasgow on the 15th of May 2987, tennis ran in Murray’s blood already. His mother, Judy Murray, held several Scottish titles and then became a coach, coaching Andy and his older brother Jamie until their professional careers became too demanding.

Starting tennis at 3 years old, by 5 he had participated in his first tournament and by 8 he was competing with adults. By 2004, at the age of 17, he had become the world’s No. 1 Junior tennis player after he won the U.S. Open Junior title and was also named Young Sports Personality of the Year by the BBC.

He began playing professionally in 2005 and the following year he defeated Roger Federer and Andy Roddick, two top tier players in the sport. In 2007 he won the SAP Open for the second time and also claimed victory at the St Petersburg Open, allowing him to enter the Top 10.

In 2012 he made it to the final of Wimbledon, as the first Scottish and British player to do so for 74 years, but lost to Roger Federer. However, the same year he won a gold medal at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

Murray continued well until 2013 when he underwent surgery on his back, his performance for the next year or so was poorer than usual. In 2015 he was back on form, until 2017 when he was forced to withdraw from the U.S. Open due to a hip injury, which required surgery. He played again in 2018 well but in 2019 announced he would likely retire.

Murray has shown his support for many charities over the years. He is a founding member of Malaria No More UK and has taken part in several charity matches such as Rally for Relief, Rally Against Cancer. He donated his prize money from the AEGON Championship to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

In 2014 he was awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year award and was knighted in the New Year Honours list in 2017 for services to tennis and charity. He also often points out what he describes as double standards in the tennis industry, calling for more female coaches in elite tennis, more recognition for female players and those female players should be receiving the same amount of prize money as to make players.

The text was written in October 2019.

Short bio of the volunteer:

Lorna Murphy is an Erasmus+ volunteer from Scotland, UK, graduated in tourism management and loves traveling.

Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is a program of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth, and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the program acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.

Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.

In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.

European Voluntary Service

Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.

We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.

Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.