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About the Dedanists’ Society
The Dedanists Society was founded in 2003 by a group of real tennis enthusiasts to raise money for good works in the sport. Members pay an annual membership fee and play in matches which raise further funds towards the programmes supported and run by the Dedanists.
The Dedanists quickly identified junior tennis as a key area to support with funding along with implementing the first ever elite British Academy (for the top amateur and professional players between the ages of 18-24) and the British Development Squad (a programme for players of great potential to develop to elite standard up to the age of 24). The British Academy, Development Squad and British Junior Academy are overseen by Dedanists John Farrall and Graham Tomkinson.
By 2012, having built a reputation for good works in junior tennis, the Dedanists were asked if they would share the name with the Dedanists Foundation which is a Charity (Registered UK Charity Number 313843) devoted to growing the sport through grass root initiatives. The Dedanists Foundation provides financial support for programmes devised by professionals and clubs to recruit new young players to real tennis.