Tennis Challenge 2018
In 2018, HRH The Earl of Wessex took on a challenge to play at every Real Tennis court in the world and raise funds for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the UK and abroad.
There was an incredible response from clubs, players, DofE supporters and schools to help with visits, matches and fundraising events across the UK.
Starting at Cambridge University Real Tennis Club in January and finishing at the Royal Court, Hampton Court in November, over the course of the year HRH The Earl of Wessex played 151 matches across five countries, with 453 players, on 50 Real Tennis courts at 45 clubs.
Speaking after his final match, he said: “The Tennis Challenge has exceeded everyone’s expectations. The tennis clubs have risen to the occasion, far more people have turned out to support; and local DofE centres have responded brilliantly to the opportunity.
“Thank you, one and all, for demonstrating the DofE spirit across the UK.”
- Cambridge University Tennis Court (2 courts) – January 2018
- Bristol Real Tennis Club – February 2018
- Holyport Real Tennis Club – February 2018
- Manchester Tennis & Racquet Club – March 2018
- Queen’s Club (2 courts) – March 2018
- MCC, Lord’s Ground – March 2018
- Seacourt Tennis Club – April 2018
- Petworth House Tennis Club – May 2018
- Newmarket Real Tennis Club – May 2018
- Radley College – May 2018
- Canford School – June 2018
- Hardwick House – June 2018
- Oratory Tennis Club – June 2018
- Hatfield House Tennis Club – June 2018
- Hyde Tennis Club – June 2018
- Prested Hall Racket Club (2 courts) – July 2018
- Fairlawne Estate – July 2018
- Falkland Palace Royal Tennis Club – July 2018
- Leamington Tennis Court Club – September 2018
- Moreton Morrell Tennis Court Club – September 2018
- Wellington College Real Tennis Club – September 2018
- Jesmond Dene Real Tennis Club – October 2018
- Oxford University Tennis Court – November 2018
- Middlesex University Real Tennis Club – November 2018
- Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court – November 2018