HRH The Earl of Wessex embarks on Tennis Challenge

Published: 15 Feb 2018

Tennis Challenge 2018 logo

In January, HRH The Earl of Wessex undertook the first in a series of events known as the ‘Tennis Challenge 2018’, which aims to generate support for The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award around the world.

Through a combination of Award events, Real Tennis tournaments and fundraising activities, His Royal Highness, who is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, will enable a new generation of young people to start their Award journey across the globe.

The first Tennis Challenge event took place in Cambridge, UK, in January, where The Earl met young people from seven local schools who had been taking part in Real Tennis lessons from the professionals at Cambridge University Tennis Club. HRH learnt to play Real Tennis at the same club for his Gold Award while at University and developed a passion for the sport and continues to play to this day.

HRH meets Award participants

During the visit The Earl took part in Real Tennis games against junior club members before attending a reception for volunteers and fund-raising dinner. Throughout this year HRH will visit other Award countries, starting with Australia in April, to raise awareness and support for the Award locally.

The vital support attracted by The Earl will help the Award transform the lives of young people from all backgrounds and circumstances, across the globe. The Award currently operates in more than 130 countries and territories worldwide, challenging young people to discover their potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world.