About Us

The Coaches

South East London Tennis is a Community Interest Company and was established in May 2011 to offer affordable, quality tennis coaching to people of all ages and ability within the local community. We have over 25 years tennis coaching experience in the area.

We believe in ‘tennis for all’ and have a passion offering everyone an opportunity to play the sport we love. South East London Tennis has ever increasing links with schools and the wider community through our Community Tennis and holiday programmes.

The Community Tennis programme started in April 2013 with drop in sessions on Saturday and Tuesday mornings for juniors and adults. We now run sessions 6 days a week including mini tennis sessions for juniors age 6 year olds and up, Adult Cardio tennis, Adult beginners, Adult Improvers and Intermediate players and Over 50’s social tennis. We also run an Indoor Mini Tennis programme at Ladywell Day Centre (148 Dressington Avenue SE4 1JF) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays after school for Mini Tots (4-6 years) and 6-8 year olds. Please look under our Junior and Adult programme pages for the full list of sessions.

We also deliver regular sessions in Manor House Gardens and Mayow Park.

We work very closely with Give it Your Max (www.giveityourmax.org) who are a UK charity, delivering free tennis to local Primary Schools. The aim is to increase the profile of tennis in Lewisham and give children an opportunity to play who normally wouldn’t have access to the sport. Local Primary schools who have benefitted so far from this initiative are Gordonbrock, Beecroft Garden, John Stainer, Mary Magdalene’s, Rushey Green, Myatt Garden, Holbeach, St Saviours, Prendergast Vale, Tidemill, Prendergast Ladywell and Brindishe Green. Over 1000 Primary school children have received free tennis lessons since we started in 2014.

We run tennis projects in Secondary Schools in partnership with London Sport to engage more girls in sport. Cardio tennis is very popular as it really helps with fitness and doesn’t just focus on the ability to play tennis. Levels are fitness are tracked using heart rate monitors.

Tennis Lewisham is a fantastic partnership between South East London Tennis, Catford Wanderers Tennis Club and the Lawn Tennis Association. We run free tennis sessions at the national event called Great British Tennis Weekend and then follow up with a fantastic offer of “Tennis For A Tenner” (5 weeks coaching for £10). We also run a down syndrome mini tennis session at Mayow Park and Junior Wheelchair tennis @ the sports hall in Ladywell Centre amongst other projects.

Chris Howard

Chris Howard

  • LTA licensed club coach
  • DBS checked
  • 15 years experience
Michael Stephens

Michael Step