He's No Kate! Prince William's Left Floundering By 13-Year-Old Volleyball Ace

14/08/2014 16:56 | Updated 22 May 2015

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Prince William might be wise to ask wife Kate for a few volleyball lessons after he was left embarrassed by a 13-year-old during a visit to a sports centre.

The Duke of Cambridge took part in a game at the Westway Sports Centre in north Kensington, London.

But he spent most of his time looking around the court trying to work out where he should be or picking up the ball.

The performance was a far cry from last month when new mum Kate Middleton impressed the crowds by playing volleyball in her high heels.

William managed to get a few serves over, and was quite adept at spiking the ball. But the royal visitor appeared to meet his match when trying to return the serve of 13-year-old Vinojh Kalaiselvan.

The Duke tried to dig the ball on the first occasion but missed.

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Vinojh joked afterwards: "I felt a bit sorry for him. But it was a very good game, he did well."

Prince William was visiting to observe the benefits apprentice coaches were gaining from the Coach Core programme. He finished his visit with a pep talk for the soon-to-be-qualified coaches.

He said he expected to see them on the sidelines at a future Olympic Games for Great Britain.

"I can see it now, coaching the next gold medals," he said.


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