Tennis Challenge 2018
Throughout 2018 HRH The Earl of Wessex will seek to play every Real Tennis court in the world – to raise significant funds to enable more young people to start their DofE both in the UK and abroad.
Achieving a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award isn’t the end of a DofE journey, it’s just the beginning. Many Award holders go on to embrace a lifetime of volunteering, pursue a career using their honed skill or develop a love for the outdoors.
HRH The Earl of Wessex is no different to other Award holders and, over 30 years on from achieving his Gold Award, is continuing to improve on skills learned during his Physical section activity, playing Real Tennis, with the aim of supporting a new generation of DofE participants to experience the DofE’s life-changing benefits.
Throughout 2018 HRH The Earl of Wessex will seek to play every Real Tennis court in the world – to raise significant funds to enable more young people to start their DofE both in the UK and abroad. At nearly 50 Real Tennis locations worldwide (28 courts in the UK), HRH will visit DofE centres, host fundraising events, meet DofE participants and volunteers, and test his Real Tennis skills by playing over 80 sets of tennis with young people and other community members.
The vital funds that The Earl raises will help the DofE Charity to transform the lives of young people from all backgrounds and circumstances, across the globe; equipping them with the skills and attributes to reach their potential in life and work.
There are many opportunities to be involved in this unique undertaking.
HRH’s tour will encompass a full day of DofE activities at 25 locations across the UK:
- Total of 81 sets of Real Tennis played by December 2018, including exhibition matches
- Visits to schools and communities celebrating young people who are doing their DofE
- Daytime and evening fundraising events to enable more young people to benefit from the DofE.
Tour venues (dates to be announced):
1: Bristol Real Tennis Club
2: Cambridge University Tennis Court (2 courts)
3: Canford School
4: Fairlawn Estate
5: Falkland Palace Royal Tennis Club
6: Hardwick House
7: Hatfield House Tennis Club
8: Holyport Real Tennis Club
9: Hyde Tennis Club
10: Jesmond Dene Real Tennis Club
11: Leamington Tennis Court Club
12: Manchester Tennis & Racquet Club
13: MCC, Lord’s Ground
14: Middlesex University Real Tennis Club
15: Moreton Morrell Tennis Court Club
16: Newmarket Real Tennis Club
17: Oratory Tennis Club
18: Oxford University Tennis Court
19: Petworth House Tennis Club
20: Prested Hall Racket Club (2 courts)
21: Queen’s Club (2 courts)
22: Radley College
23: Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
24: Seacourt Tennis Club
25: Wellington College Real Tennis Club