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To Get Young
Involved &
With Real 

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We are a grant-giving charity (No. 1145526) created with the sole aim of increasing youth involvement in Real Tennis. Our game has too few young players and our aim is to get young people impassioned about our sport and to harness the enthusiasm, knowledge and skills of the games professionals and its clubs.

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Latest news .....

Community Coaching starts at MCC

Support  from the Dedanists' Foundation has enabled the MCC Head Real Tennis professional, Chris Bray to set up an exciting new junior scheme at the famous club. The MCC Indoor Cricket School and Westminster Borough Council provide cricket to local state school children at Lords. As from February 12 – 16th half term break they will also be getting on to the MCC court for Real Tennis coaching with Chris. If deemed a success, then this will become a regular feature during all subsequent school holidays. The Foundation is particularly delighted that this initiative is centered around state schools, an area that is very much at the core of what we do.

Joint Junior Initiative with the T&RA Christmas 2023

Once again the Dedanists' Foundation has joined forces with the T&RA to fund a programme to encourage junior coaching during the school holiday period.

This initiative will be offered to more than 2000 T&RA members at clubs across the country. It provides a chance for their children/grandchildren to have a free lesson at their nearest Real Tennis court over the school holidays this Christmas. For more details email Paul Weaver at


New Videos to help Juniors

We all know how difficult it is to explain the rules of our wonderful game to someone who has never played Real Tennis before. Paul Weaver recently started coaching a new group of 8-12 year olds at Seacourt and was worried that juniors were being put off the game as it appeared to be too complicated. He realised how much simpler it would be if there was a series of really simple videos for the juniors to watch at home so that they could start to understand the basic rules. 

As a result and with funding from the Dedanists' Foundation a series of 3 short videos have now been made to help juniors to understand the game. Details of these videos have been sent to all UK club professionals who may be able to use them at their clubs. The videos have  been posted on youtube and are available to view on YouTube as follows:-

Video 1 Chases

Video 2 Serving

Video 3 Winning Openings

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