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Tennis sessions are aimed at those families who are unfamiliar with the sport

Families can sign up for free tennis sessions at the Hollybush Tennis Centre in Sevenoaks on Wednesday evenings. The tennis taster sessions are ideal for people with little or no experience of playing tennis who are keen to try out the sport. Don’t wait for Wimbledon (June 28) to spike your interest, it will be too late.

The free offer includes court hire, tennis rackets and tennis balls. Professional coaches from the John Heuerman Tennis Academy will be on hand to offer help and advice.

Family groups of between two and five can book on the course. The one-hour sessions run on Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 8.30pm from tomorrow (June 9) to 28 July. To book a slot, residents (Sevenoaks District only) should visit

Cllr Lesley Dyball, the council’s cabinet member for People and Places says: “With the longer evenings, now is a great time to try out tennis. Many people may feel tennis is an expensive, exclusive activity, but this could not be further from the truth. These free sessions will give 12 families the chance to try out tennis in a fun and supportive environment.

“But if you’re keen join, the ball is in your court: places are available on a first-come, first-served (no pun intended) basis, so I would urge anyone who is interested to sign up soon as possible.”

Under 16-year-olds must be accompanied an adult. Other terms and conditions apply.


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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