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Who We Are

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Our Story

Our Story

The Foundation began with a group of passionate real tennis enthusiasts, who recognised that the future of real tennis lies in encouraging juniors to play.

The Foundation was set up by Josh Farrall, David Mills and Roger Pilgrim, three members of The Dedanists’ Society (one of the best known nomadic clubs in England) in association with the T&RA and its former Chairman, William Maltby. Julian Wilkinson joined in January 2013 and is the charity’s Secretary and Treasurer. Simon Roundell, a master at Wellington College with responsibility for real tennis, joined in November 2017. Three new Directors joined in 2019, Simon Mansfield, Chairman of Real Tennis at Queens Club, Francis Moore of the Moore Family Office and Dan Jones. Dan is the Head professional at Wellington Real Tennis Club and is universally accepted as the UK’s leading junior coach. Graham Defries became a Director of the Foundation in 2020, followed by Michael Rummel in 2023. William Maltby and Roger Pilgrim stepped down as Directors in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

The founding Directors of the charity are personally closely engaged with real tennis at club and national level, giving them a unique perspective allowing them to oversee the Foundation’s programmes and ensure its objectives are achieved.

Our game has too few young players - only 6.6% of the T&RA’s members are under 20 compared with 11.8% of the population aged between 10 and 20 - while many older players say they wish they had started playing when younger. The Dedanists’ Foundation aims to remedy our game’s under-representation of the young.


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Inspiring & Funding Young People
to Discover & Play the Game of Real Tennis

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our objective is to get younger people impassioned about our sport and to harness the enthusiasm, knowledge and skills of the games’ Professionals and its Clubs.



Meet the Team

Meet the Team

The President of the Foundation is Rob Fahey, the ex-world champion. The Ambassadors of the Foundation are Paul Weaver plus Real Tennis professionals, Chris Bray and Nick Wood. Paul has unparalleled experience in the world of junior Real Tennis and is also the current Director of Junior Tennis UK for the T&RA.

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David Mills, Chairman
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Rob Fahey, MBE AOM,


Simon Mansfield, Director
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Graham Defries, Director
Michael Rummel, Director
Paul Weaver, Ambassador
Francis Moore, Director
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Charity Information

Charity Information

The Dedanists’ Foundation (the “Foundation “) was formed on 22 July 2011 as a private company limited by guarantee (company number: 7715011) and registered as a charity (charity number: 1145526).  It is governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association, company and charity law.  It seeks to undertake its chosen charitable work through the deployment of existing funds (both income and capital).

Our financial year end is July 31st and our most recent accounts can be found below.













Privacy Statement

Preservation of your privacy is important to The Dedanists’ Foundation and we are committed to letting you know how we use your personal information and to making only responsible use of your data.

References to “we”, “us”, “you” or “our” in this Privacy Policy are references to The Dedanists’ Foundation, a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, registered company number: 07715011; and a charity registered in England and Wales, registered charity number: 1145526.

1. Information about you

1.1   We will collect personal information from you when you or your organisation enquire about our activities, register as a member  (Founder Patron) with us or subscribe to one of our services. This may include your name, title, email address, physical address, telephone numbers and job title.  

1.2   We do not collect any special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR.

1.3   Your personal data is not provided by us for use by any other organisation, however, certain organisations may view your data because they provide services to us or because we are required to disclose your data by law. These could include:

•    IT support, website and data hosting providers and administrators;
•    payment processors in relation to services;
•    consultants and professional advisors including legal advisors and accountants;
•    courts, court-appointed persons/entities, receivers and liquidators; and
•    governmental departments, statutory and regulatory bodies.

1.4   We will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which we are processing it. However we will retain personal data where we are required to hold it for a period in order to comply with any laws or regulations that we are required to follow.

1.5   Please contact our Secretary, Julian Wilkinson at if you wish to see or update the data we hold or to have it removed.  

2. Our use of this information

2.1   Your personal information will only be used to keep you informed of our activities and to provide you with our services.

3. Security

3.1   We will take reasonable precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of information you give us.

3.2   Communications from us will normally be sent by e-mail. For ease of use and compatibility, communications (other than payments where applicable) will not be sent in an encrypted form unless you require it and provide the certification to enable us to communicate with you in that way. E-mail unless encrypted is not a fully secure means of communication. Whilst we endeavour to keep our systems and communications protected against viruses and other harmful effects we cannot bear responsibility for all communications being virus-free.

4. Other information

4.1   If you would like us to correct or update any information, or if you would like information deleted from our records, then please email our Secretary, Julian Wilkinson at

4.2   This privacy policy may be updated from time to time, so please check it periodically.

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