CCCS Prefect Partners Prince in the Sport of Kings

Posted on 14th Dec, 2018

When Ambrose Garson took up Real Tennis two years ago he knew it was the Sport of Kings but he didn’t expect to find himself partnering a Prince.

Our Form 8 pupil recently played with His Royal Highness Prince Edward at the Real Tennis Club on Merton Street, Oxford, where he hones his skills every week with the Christ Church Cathedral School after-school club.

“At the beginning I was quite nervous,” said Ambrose, 12, who has been awarded a Sports Exhibition at Radley College, which has a modern Real Tennis court, “but he is such a nice guy that I soon felt relaxed. We won one of our matches and lost one.”

Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex and Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, visited the Oxford Real Tennis court, the second oldest in the world after Hampton Court, as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award Real Tennis Tour. Headmaster, Richard Murray, who started the Real Tennis after-school club because he thought it would be fun for the boys to play the game enjoyed by the institution’s founder, King Henry VIII, was delighted that Ambrose had this opportunity.


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