On Tuesday, the pupils at College were fortunate to receive a visit from the current rackets world champion, James Stout (1997-2002, H). James had just won the first leg of the 2015 Rackets Singles World Championship and, along with Will Hopton (the current world number 2), put on an exhibition match for staff and pupils. He spent time coaching our promising group of girls, including Rose Jones, (5th, Q), Georgie Baillie-Hamilton (5th, Q) and Tabitha Burt (5th, A), who are all pictured.
James also played a match against the boys’ 1st pair, Rhodri Hande (U6, S) and Jono Jamieson-Black (L6, H). Mark Briers, Rackets Professional at College commented, “It is always a pleasure to have James and Will back on the College court. James Stout is incredibly successful and a true role model to our aspiring players. Old Cheltonians have enjoyed enormous success recently, with Richard Owen (2006-2011, L) winning the Queen’s Invitational Singles and the pairing of Ben Snell (1997-2002, L) and Nick James (2001-2006, BH) securing the Noel Bruce trophy for Cheltonians for the first time since its inception in 1929.”