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    Royal Tennis Tips for DofE Pupils

    Senior pupils enjoy 1-to-1 real tennis coaching with HRH The Earl of Wessex

    Four of our Senior School pupils recently enjoyed one-to-one real tennis coaching with HRH The Earl of Wessex, when he visited Cambridge as part of his ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award Real Tennis Challenge'.

    Duke of Edinburgh Award holders and mentors Talya Atkins (Gold), Jasmine McLoughlin (Bronze), Aryaki Soni (Silver) and Matt Smith (Silver), were four of only 40 pupils, from 10 schools, chosen to take part in the event. They were also coached by professionals from Cambridge University Real Tennis Club, which is where HRH learnt to play for the 'Physical' section of his DofE Gold Award some 30 years ago.

    The Earl has pledged to play every real tennis court in the world, including 28 in the UK, during 2018 to generate support and funds to help thousands more young people in the UK and abroad take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE). At each location,  he 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!

    The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the UK’s leading youth charity, helping 270,000 young people each year to develop new skills and become active, confident members of their communities. The awards programme has three levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold) and requires participants to complete several sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and Residential (Gold only). 

    HRH The Earl of Wessex said: “I hope you have had fun and your interest has been piqued by this slightly eccentric, but thoroughly enjoyable, sport. It's a great way to keep fit – something I put to the test as the junior members of the club made me run around the court!"

    Kimbolton DofE Manager Mr Tony Lucas said: “We currently have over a hundred pupils enrolled in DofE at Kimbolton, with expeditions planned to Northumberland, Derbyshire and Rutland later this year. Our pupils gain a great deal from DofE including confidence, compassion, self-reliance and life skills. I’ve been delighted to see so many of our pupils achieve their Gold awards before leaving Kimbolton at the age of 18.”

    For more information on DofE at Kimbolton, go to