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Crookhorn students meet HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex

On Thursday 26th April, six lucky students taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme visited Seacourt Tennis Club to participate in a vast array of racket sports and met a member of the royal family.

The students were able to hone their skills in some of the more well-known sports such as badminton, table tennis and lawn tennis (known popularly as 'tennis'), but also tried the newer, European game of Padel, and experienced the joys of the more traditional 'Real' Tennis.

They also had the incredible opportunity of meeting HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, with whom they discussed their experience of the day and did a wonderful job of representing the College. The day was finished off with a demonstration of Real tennis from HRH, where students Sam and Louise were able to show off their skills with an audience and showed incredible bravery and confidence playing in front of royalty. They did us proud!

The aim of this event was to promote Real Tennis as an option for the students to take as part of the skills section in their Duke of Edinburgh's Award, and the students have even enquired about going back! 

Everyone that attended the event really benefited from these activities; discovering sports they never knew existed, and meeting a very welcoming and encouraging member of the royal family. A wonderful day was had by all involved! Well done indeed!