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About Us

The John Heuerman Tennis Academy was established in 1991 with a view to making tennis accessible to all the community. Our coaches pride themselves on creating a fun and enjoyable approach to tennis for all ages and abilities. All of our coaches are LTA Accredited and internationally qualified, they hold a current enhanced DBS check and are able to deliver group and 1:1 sessions. For more information on booking one of our coaches please email :

John Heuerman

Proprietor and Founder

Internationally Qualified Coach


John founded the Tennis Academy in 1991 and qualified as both an USA and UK tennis coach. Emphasis was to offer the highest level of tennis coaching within local parks and schools making tennis accessible to all. John now spends most of his time in the Pro Shop at Otford managing all aspects of the academy which has grown significantly over the years.

Steve Seffens

Director of Racquet Sports


Steve, our main point of contact for all things Racquets. Using his multiple PTR Pro Coach Qualifications, Steve runs the fantastic Pickleball programme at Hollybush Tennis Centre. Meanwhile managing the progression of Tennis from Schools and Grass Roots (T3), continuing up to our competition (T1) classes.

Alex King
Head Coach

Alex joined the Academy in 2022 and has quickly progressed to Head Coach. With an astounding willingness to learn and improve as a Coach, there is no one better to deliver to same ethos to our programme. You'll see Alex involved in everything Tennis, teaching every ability and every age group!

James Dunn

James joined the Academy in 2020. James is a UK PTR Qualified Coach & is LTA Accredited. Working with schools, juniors to adults. James is the main contact/organiser for all national club league matches and still competes himself at a local level.

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Gerry Hart
Welfare Officer


Gerry has worked at our on site cafe - Hollybush Cafe for over the last 15 years. She is our welfare officer and should be the first point of contact for any welfare concerns. Please CLICK HERE TO EMAIL 


Yvette Clements

Yvie joined us in 2022 to assist with the coaching programmes and tennis development. Since September 22 Yvie will be splitting her time with KCC and us while she also trains to become a PT Instructor

Safegaurding & Welfare At Hollybush Tennis Centre

Georgie Heuerman
Tennis Coach

Pro Shop & Marketin

The Tennis Academy becomes a family business with the addition of Georgie. After assisting on court with us from the age of 12. Georgie began her qualifications at 16 with her LTA Level 1 and has just completed her training with the international PTR qualification. You may also recognise her from our Pro Shop where she has spent the last few years as "the saturday girl" and is now a full time member of the staff.

Simon Crowley

Tennis Court Maintenance 

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