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Real Tennis

Canford School boasts one of the few Real (Royal) tennis courts in England. The court dates back to 1879, when it was built by Sir Ivor Bertie Guest, then Lord Wimborne.

The game of Real tennis itself goes back to the days when the monks played in their monastery courtyards in the 11th Century.

Today the court is actively used, 70 hours a week, by both Canford pupils and by outside club members. Every pupil is given the opportunity to experience Real Tennis, they can then choose to play it either as a voluntary activity or occasionally as a main sport.   There have been many successes, including David Harms winning the British Amateur Open in 2007.  The school also hosts tournaments such as the Browning Cup.  HRH the Earl of Wessex played on the court in 2018 as part of his promotional tour in support of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme.

Canford School is very fortunate to have two professionals: Steve Ronaldson (Head Professional) and James Ryan (Assistant).

If you would like to play Real tennis at Canford or have any enquiries, please do contact Steve on 01202 881232 or go to the club website:

Real Tennis Club Website


Both Real tennis professionals also coach squash at the school. The Real tennis court complex also boasts six squash courts and teams represent the school during the Easter term. Pupils can also play squash recreationally during their free time and through the activities programme.