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Stockport's Real Tennis Stars serve up an ace with royal seal of approval

A quintet of pupils relished the opportunity to learn a new skill and showcase their talents in front of a member of the Royal Family, HRH Prince Edward The Earl of Wessex.

Beatrice Moore, Merryn Summersgill, Tristan Liddle, Alex Pollard and Yusra Nawaz attended coaching sessions at the Manchester Real Tennis and Racquet Club in Salford.

The sessions were organised by Old Stopfordian (former pupil) Tom Hegarty, a member of the club and father of a current pupil.

The group were invited to compete in a mini tournament against teams from Manchester Grammar School, Manchester High School for Girls, Bolton School and Haslingden High School.

Amongst the spectators on the day was Prince Edward, a keen real tennis player, who is attempting to visit every real tennis club in the country during 2018. He watched part of the tournament before enjoying tea and cake with the pupils and their parents.

It was a fantastic experience for the pupils and demonstrates the strong link between Stockport Grammar and its alumni.

Several of the pupils continue to visit the club and play real tennis following on from their taster sessions.