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 have been attending coaching sessions at the Manchester Real Tennis and Racquet Club in Salford for the past few months.
The sessions were organised by Old Stopfordian 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.