ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - 12th May 2021 (click on News)


The Dedanists is a private members’ club of real tennis enthusiasts who seek to share the virtues and pleasures of the game and to raise funds for good causes, especially junior real tennis.  The club is also known as the Dedanists’ Society.  It was founded in 2002/3. 

Its activities are:

Run real tennis and social events for the entertainment of members (tennis matches, tournaments, dinners…..

Raise funds for good causes, especially junior real tennis.

Fund and run the British Real Tennis Academy, the national coaching programme for the best young players in the country, both men and women, in the age range 13 to 25.

In the last few years, the Academy has produced: (i) The first British Open singles champion since 1999; (ii) The youngest women’s singles world champion with the lowest ever women’s handicap; (iii) Men’s and women’s US Open singles champions; (iv) The youngest ever British amateur singles champion  ………..



National Schoolgirls Championships 2019

Sponsored by The Dedanists' Society and the LRTA

This was the second National Schoolgirls Tournament to be held and Sponsored jointly by the Dedanists’ Society and the LRTA. This year doubles events were added to both the U19 and U15 singles events.

Under 15 Level Singles
The U15 Singles had a wonderful 19 entrants.  Three singles groups played on Friday evening and finished playing at 10.45pm and a further 2 groups on Saturday morning to feed players into the semi-finals. It was so exciting to see all the girls’ standard of play improve as they experienced more tennis. 
In the first semi - finals Cesca Sweet bt Lucy Bryer (both Wellington College) and Olivia Boulton (Oaklands RC) bt Honor Hue–Williams (Wellington
Cesca v Olivia was an excellent final with some magnificent retrieving by both players. Cesca eventually went on to take the match and U 15’s title 6-2.

Under 15 Level Doubles
The U15 doubles had an entry of 9 pairs. The group matches saw lots of exciting rallies and again the rallies became longer as the girls gained more match experience.
In the semi–finals Katie Walker and Olivia Boulton (both Oaklands RC) bt Lucy Bryer and Marina Hammond (both Wellington) and Cesca Sweet and Honor Hue Williams bt Ottilie Perkins and Lily May Redshaw.  
The final saw some cracking tennis with super shots hit by all four players and the level of play becoming stronger and stronger as the match progressed. Cesca and Honor proved too strong in a close final and won the title 6-3. 
Under 19 Level Singles
The U19 events were played all day on Sunday. After some highly competitive group matches the semi-finals were Cesca Sweet v Lauren Gooding (both Wellington) and Olivia Boulton (Oaklands RC) v India Deakin (Cheltenham College). 
India and Cesca made it through and took part in a magnificent final with the game see–sawing throughout. At 7-7all it was anyone’s match but good serving from Cesca saw her take the title 8-7. A fantastic match of superb quality and showing loads of talent from both players.

U19 Level Doubles 
The U19 Doubles was an all Wellington affair with Cesca Sweet and Honor Cockcroft meeting Daisy Bristowe and Arabella Spraggs in the final. Cesca and Honor winning  8-4 to take the title and complete a memorable weekend for Cesca Sweet. Definitely one to watch for the future! 

A huge thank you to Wellington College for allowing the tournament to be held on their court. A massive thanks to Dan Jones and Adam Player for all their marking throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday plus creating such a fun tournament. In addition, thanks to Simon Roundell for various behind the scene administration, bouts of marking and making sure that we were all plied with copious cups of coffee, super sandwiches and cake throughout the weekend. Our thanks too to The Dedanists’ Society for their sponsorship and Josh Farrall for presenting the prizes on Sunday. What an exciting weekend of tennis!


British U21 & U24 Real Tennis Championships

Sponsored by The Dedanists' Society
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Under 21 Singles
Semi-finals  F Bristowe bt R Giddins 6/5 6/4, N Batstone bt E Hyde 6/5 6/2
Final  F Bristowe bt N Batstone 6/3 6/4
Under 24 Singles
Semi-finals R Shenkman bt L Gale 6/2 6/3,  Z Eadle bt R Giddins 6/5 6/5
Final  R Shenkman bt Z Eadle 6/1 6/1
Under 24 Doubles
Semi-finals R Shenkman & E Hyde bt N Batstone & F Bristowe 6/4 6/3, Z Eadle & H Batstone bt R Giddins & C Defries 6/4 6/3
Final  R Shenkman & E Hyde bt Z Eadle & H Batstone 6/2 6/0


World Junior Real Tennis Championships

The Dedanists' Society is delighted to be the main sponsor of the Inaugural World Junior Real Tennis Championships which were held at Seacourt on August 20th/21st 2018.

The top 16 players in the world were invited back in January to take part and all 16 accepted that invitation and the opportunity to be the first junior to win this coveted title. The draw included 6 players from the USA. 
The first days’ play saw very few upsets but contained several performances where young players rose to the occasions and played their best ever tennis. In particular, William Flynn (Seacourt) and Harry Purton (Radley) can be very proud of their performances.
The same pattern continued on Day 2 with outstanding tennis from losing quarter-finalist Alfred Backhouse (Radley) and losing semi-finalist Ned Batstone (Radley).
The top 4 seeds got through to the semi-finals with Erik Barker (1) from Washington playing Freddie Bristowe (3) from Wellington. The final itself was junior real tennis played at the highest level with some extraordinary rests and retrieving that Camden Riviere would be proud of! After a hard fought first set that went to Erik the pendulum swung and Freddie somehow found another gear to overcome his opponent in the final two sets. A great final in front of a huge and appreciative crowd.
Many thanks go out to tournament sponsors The Dedanists’ Society for their support of this event and for all they do for junior Real tennis.
Freddie Bristowe (Wellington) bt Erik Barker (Washington) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0


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Annual General Meeting 2019

I remind you that the AGM of the Dedanists’ Society and the Annual Tennis Tournament will take place at the Queen's club on Wednesday the 30th October 2019 (further details in due course).


Five members are to be elected to the Committee at the forthcoming AGM.  If you wish to stand for election, please email me to this effect by 2nd September 2019, together with support in writing from two other members acting as your proposer and seconder.

Those currently standing for election are:

1.  Guy Egerton-Smith (currently fixtures secretary, standing for re-election).

2.  Josh Farrall (currently chairman, standing for re-election).

3.  John McVittie (currently treasurer, standing for re-election).

4.  Simon Roundell  (master i/c real tennis at Wellington, standing for election).

2.  Carl Snitcher (currently hon. secretary, standing for re-election).

If more than five members put themselves forward, then members attending the AGM will elect the requisite five Committee members by ballot.

Do please contact me if you would like further information.



If you have not already done so, do please check out our new website at .  Under the “General Interest” tab please note the latest entry  -  a practical guide on ‘how to play better doubles’ written by Colin Dean in the 1980s for the Hatfield House Field Trophy team  -  as relevant today as it was then.


I hope to see you at the AGM.


Best regards,


Carl Snitcher   M: 07836 678 782

Hon. Secretary, The Dedanists’ Society