Gold Award holder and Chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, The Earl is no different to other Award holders. Over 30 years after achieving his Gold Award, His Royal Highness is continuing to improve on skills learned during his Physical Recreation section activity, playing Real Tennis, with the aim of supporting a new generation of participants to experience the Award’s life-changing benefits.
"How well I recall the day I received my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Five years of coping with numerous sporting injuries as I struggled to complete the last section, finally resorting to the most gentlemanly game I could find – Real Tennis. Then, on the great day itself in June 1986, I arrived at St. James’s Palace along with another 749 relieved and excited recipients. At long last, standing in the Throne Room, my father finally gave me the certificate that proved I had done it, I had got the Gold Award."
-HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO
By playing Real Tennis in various locations around the world, His Royal Highness will seek to raise significant funds and awareness to enable more young people to start their Award worldwide.
Throughout 2018, HRH has embarked on visits across the globe to a range of schools and communities, celebrating Award participants and raising much-needed funds and to enable a new generation to take part in the Award.
The Earl will aim to generate a ‘buzz’ around the Award which helps to transform the lives of young people between 14-24 whatever their backgrounds circumstances or skills . 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.
The Earl’s final match will take place in November, in the UK.