top of page


Academy Players Triumph in the Pol Roger Final


Three members of the Academy Performance Squad represented Seacourt in the final of the 2024 Poll Roger tournament held at the Royal Tennis Court on Saturday 2nd of March. Max Trueman, Will Flynn, and James Medlow all won their singles matches to give Seacourt a 3/2 win over Queens Club.

These young players are only 18 to 21 years old and their performance owes a great deal to the coaching and support supplied by the Dedanists Society and the British Academy.

For more details on the work done by the British Academy, please click on the “British Academy” tab in the header.

The Carl Snitcher Trophy

A group of Carls Friends across the Real Tennis Community banded together to donate a trophy in Carls name to be awarded to the winning team at the annual Dedanists' v MCC fixture at Lord's. The MCC and Dedanists' are very important to Carl. Chris Swallow, Assistant Head Professional at Lord's presented the Trophy to Carl in front of a mixed assembly of Dedanists' and MCC members.


As you will all know Carl has contributed so much to our fantastic game, being central to the formation of the Dedanists' Society, Foundation and the Real Champions Club. He has done all of the work for our sport without asking anything back.


Carl started playing Real Tennis in the early 1990's on the Green Court in Cambridge, his first lesson was with Brian Church, Carls's lowest handicap was 40.6 and his playing greatest triumph was winning the David Cull Trophy with Mark Ryan and as a result his name will be on the Lords honors board in perpetuity. 


Academy Boys Triumph at the Amateur Championships

Held at the Queens Club


James Medlow and Max Trueman have become the youngest ever winners of the prestigious British Amateur Doubles Championships in its 100-year history. James and Max defeated the No. 1 seeds Rob Shenkman & Jamie Giddins in the semi-finals in a historic 4 hour match which they finally won 6/5 in the 5th set!

The real winner last weekend was the Academy with Performance Squad member Will Flynn also reaching the final playing with Queens member Rory Giddins. In his victory speech, James Medlow took time to thank the Dedanists Society and the Academy for all the help we have given them.


British Amateur Doubles Champions!

Academy Players Triumph at the Seacourt Silver Racquet.
Academy Performance Squad members, Will Flynn and Max Trueman both had brilliant runs at the Seacourt Silver Racquet tournament, which culminated in an all-academy final between the two of them. En route, the boys defeated many professional players despite having to play off artificially, low handicaps of 7.4 to allow for home advantage. Between them, they defeated, Lewis Williams (Leamington), Vaughan, Hamilton (Prested), Josh, Dodson (New York), Levi, Gale (Prested), Louis, Gordon (Petworth), and Rob, Fahey (Oratory). In a thrilling three-set final Will came out on top to lift the coveted trophy.



The New Year saw a continuation of Academy coaching sessions with our Academy Squads.  

Cadet Squad 

On January 2nd the Cadet Squad met up for a full-day session at Queens Club working with Ben Ronaldson and Dan Jones. Two non-Squad members were also invited along for the day to experience the Academy as both have the potential to join the squad next season. 


Performance Squad 

The Performance Squad met up at Seacourt had had a very full day focussing on match play and training drills. In between these sessions their physical trainer, Stefan Antanasov worked with each member of the squad individually in the gym for an hour. In the gym, Stefan covered fitness, health and diet. This was Stefan’s third opportunity to work with them and he has now developed really good relationships, working on their strengths and weaknesses. 


Left: Ben Ronaldson together with some of the Cadet Squad.
Below: Ben Ronaldson giving Frankie some wise coaching tips.


Max, Bertie, Will, James & Henry with Stefan Atanasov, the Phyical Trainer


The Performance Squad going through their warm up routine before the training session begins.

The Dedanists' Society Christmas Lunch

Its the most wonderful time of year…The Dedanists’ Society Christmas Lunch at Lemonia!

As you walk into Lemonia you are engulfed in the warmth of happiness, and wonderful smells of cooking, it is a special restaurant.

Everyone gathered for drinks and chat before sitting down to begin lunch, however…somebody was missing….Josh was, on cue, late. ‘Eventually’ he arrived and received a huge round of applause for getting there!

We were treated to plentiful plates of Greek specials which continued to arrive. This was followed by beautifully cooked main courses accompanied by huge bowls of colourful Greek Salad, chips & rice – just perfect.

Simon Roundell, our new Chairman, said a few words to welcome everyone, followed by Josh who detailed some of this year’s highlights, particularly the great successes of our Academy Squads. David Mills went on to say thank you, on behalf of the Foundation, to all for their continued support.

Everyone seemed to be in a festive mood, the wine flowed, and the room was filled with happy conversation and laughter.

It was especially good to see Peter Luck-Hille looking and feeling so well and apparently back on court!

Thank you to Valerie O'Donnell for producing all the very useful name labels!

All in all, such an enjoyable lunch and afternoon and a huge thank you to Carl for his organisation and hosting of another successful, happy Christmas lunch at Lemonia.

I’m already looking forward to next year!

Thank you, Carl.


Christmas at Lemonia


Academy Cadet Squad player receives prestigious award

Laszlo Garson, a member of the Academy Cadet Squad has won this year's Grays presentation racket for the best junior performance of the year. Laszlo won both the U14 and U16 British Junior Singles titles at Queens in August. In doing so he became the first ever 13-year-old to win the British U16 title.

Camden Riviere presented Laszlo with his prize racket after the final of The British Open Doubles.


A Great Day with Rob Fahey for the Academy Cadet Squad! 

On Tuesday 24th October, four members of the Academy Cadet Squad were privileged to spend the day being coached by former World Champion Rob Fahey at the Oratory. 

This coaching day formed part of the season-long coaching plan for the squad which takes them to different clubs to be coached by some of the game's top coaches. 

Max Warner, Alex Boulton, Caspian Rugg, and Laszlo Garson really enjoyed their day despite some tough training routines! These sessions provide a great basic platform for these promising 12-14-year-olds who should go on to be the Academy Performance Squad stars of the future. 

Each of the boys was presented with their new personalised Academy training tops. 


Paul Weaver 

Academy Director 


The Cadet Squad with Rob Fahey. The new personalised Academy tops were really well received!


Words of wisdom from Rob Fahey
to young Max.

The Academy Performance Squad meet up for this season’s first training session


The Academy Performance Squad on their first training session of the season.

On Sunday 17th September the highly successful Academy Performance Squad regrouped at Seacourt after their summer break.

The focus for this session was on doubles play in preparation for the upcoming British U15/U19 Doubles Championships at Holyport.

Stefan Antanosov, the Academy’s preferred fitness trainer was invited down for the day. Before any tennis was played Stefan supervised a group warm-up and stressed the importance of pre-match preparation. Throughout the day he spent an hour individually with each member of the squad in the Seacourt gym. In conjunction with the players he will present each of them with a fit and diet program for the coming season and progress on this will be reviewed at the session planned for early January 2024.

Performance Squad Director was also in attendance and all agreed that “we go again” in the 2023/24 season and aim to emulate or surpass the feats of 2022/23.


Stefen Antanosov putting the Squad through a tough warm-up before the playing session started...and it was tough!


The Dedanists’ Society

Report on the Special General Meeting, Annual Tournament & Dinner

held on 10th May 2023 at Queen’s

For a report & photographs please visit the Fixtures & Match Reports Tab

Overseas Success for a member of our Cadet Squad

Caspian Rugg (age 14) from the Bristol club, is a member of the Dedanists Society Cadet Squad. Last weekend he went over to Fontainebleau to play in the French Junior Championships. Caspian had an incredible tournament and ended up winning the lower age group to become the French U15 Champion. He was also runner-up in the U19’s!

BIEN JOUE Caspian!


More success for young Max Warner


The rise and rise of 12 year old Max Warner continued at Wellington over the weekend of 18th - 19th March.


Max, who is a member of the Dedanists Society Cadet Squad, played some great tennis to win the National Category E Tournament against some stiff all-adult competition.


He followed up a junior hockey tournament on Sunday morning by then dashing to Wellington to beat Ben Geytenbeek (Cambridge) 6/1 6/5 in the semi-final and Richard Ramjane (Prested) 6/3 6/5 in the final.


Well Done Max!

Max E catergory.jpg

2nd February 2023

Your committee has been assiduously involved in succession planning for some of the key roles in the Society starting with the chairman and the fixtures secretary.


Josh founded the Society 20 years ago and has been chairman ever since.  He is generally acknowledged to have been an excellent leader.  Time moves on and the next generation are needed to lead the Society forward.

Your committee has therefore taken the following two key decisions:-

1.   Josh will step down as Chairman. He will become President of the Society.  This is a new position and will require a change to our rules and regulations.

2.   After an exhaustive search amongst the membership, the committee has unanimously decided that Simon Roundell will be its preferred candidate for Chairman.

Both of these decisions require the formal agreement of members. A Special General Meeting (SGM) of members is therefore called for 7 pm on Wednesday 10th May 2023 at Queen’s Club.

Other members may put themselves forward for election as the new chairman.  They will need to submit an application to me, as honorary secretary of the Society, at least 21  days before the date of the SGM. Their application will need to be supported by a proposer and two seconders, all of whom must be members of the Society.

Formal notice of the SGM will cover all these matters.  It will be issued in due course and good time.

Please note that the Society’s annual handicap doubles tournament ( for the Lowenthal Trophy )  and dinner also take place at Queen’s on Wed May 10.  We hope that this will encourage attendance at the SGM.


Chris Marguerie has taken on the honorary role of Fixtures Secretary Designate.  Guy Egerton-Smith continues as our Fixtures Secretary.  Chris will work in support of Guy and take over in due course.

Best regards,

Carl Snitcher

Hon. Secretary, the Dedanists’ Society.

Please click on this button for the Annual Real Tennis Tournament (Handicap Doubles) & the Dinner on the 10th May 2023

Max Trueman wins the Tuxedo Gold Racquet!

Max Trueman, just 18 years old has won the prestigious Tuxedo Gold Racquets tournament in Tuxedo Park, New York. The tournament is open to all top level amateur players. Max is a member of our hugely successful Academy Performance Group. This win follows on from Max winning the Seacourt Silver Racquet just 10 days ago and fine performances from fellow Academy players Will Flynn and Bertie Vallat in the Amateur Championships last week at Queens Club.

Well done to all!


A Tremendous Week at the Amateurs

The Amateur photo_edited.jpg

L to R: Jamie Giddins, Ed Kay, Robert Shenkman & Will Flynn

Rob Shenkman is part of the Academy High-Performance Squad No.1.  From a very strong field in the British Amateur, Rob Shenkman emerged as the overall winner of the singles. The first time a winner of the British Amateur Singles has emerged from the Manchester Club since 1951. Rob's handicap has now moved to plus 2! A plus handicap is a target that many top players strive for but very few amateurs or professionals achieve. Rob, in handicap terms, is now rated 11th in the World.


Rob won a very long five-set doubles on Friday night that finished well after 11 pm and then on Saturday morning played Jamie Giddins in the final of the singles winning in three straight sets

L to R: Rob Shenkman, Howard Angus & Jamie Giddins

Academy Performance Squad member Will Flynn had a tremendous week at the recent British Amateur Open at Queens Club. In the singles, Will had a famous victory in the quarter-finals defeating the number two seed Ed Kay (1 handicap!), followed by a thrilling semi-final losing only narrowly 6/4 in the 5th set to Jamie Giddins (4 handicap).

In the Doubles, Will went one better to reach the final. Playing with Robert Shenkman they defeated the number two seeds, Jamie Douglas and Peter Wright in the semi-final to go through to the final against number one seeds, Ed Kay and Jamie Giddins. It wasn't to be for Will, but he is the fastest-improving single-figure player in the UK, and I am sure his day will come very soon!

Other notable performances by members of the Dedanists' Society Academy program came from Henry Henman, who took a set of Peter Wright and Bertie Vallet, who reached the quarter-finals of the singles, taking a set off the number one seed Jamie Douglas. The Academy Performance Squad has gone from strength to strength this year. In early February, Max Trueman, won the Seacourt Silver Racquet Tournament, defeating Petworth professional Louis Gordon in the final, where Max was actually giving a small handicap to his professional opponent!

bottom of page