Our Coaches

Derek Rogers is the Head Coach and he is assisted by Alan Coulthard – they are both licensed by the LTA.  The Club offers both private and group tuition. Membership is not required for coaching sessions but coaching is offered at a reduced rate to club members.   Non members may attend coaching sessions but they are not eligible to represent the Club in competitive matches.

Derek Square

Derek Rogers

I have been coaching full-time for 25 years and at Chelmsfordians for 15 years. I am an LTA licensed coach qualified to Senior Club Coach Award level. I am a former Captain of the Essex mens Over 45s and still regularly represent Essex in that squad.

Contact: 07885 874031

Alan Square

Alan Coulthard

Following a change in career in 2005, I qualified as an LTA licensed coach at Development Coach Award level.  I coach mostly within Derek’s junior and adult programmes but I also give individual lessons and I run adult groups at Pleshey Tennis Club.  I have been a member of OCA for 35 years.

Contact: 07795 105328




During term times, there are fourteen junior after-school classes each week covering all age groups from Mini-Red up to Year 13.

We also run junior holiday courses in the main Easter and summer holidays as well as the May and October half-terms.

Download the latest coaching forms:

Term Time

The booking form for the period commencing 04/11/19 can be downloaded here:

Holiday Courses

The booking forms for any of Holiday Coaching Programmes will be available here:


We run Ladies’ coaching groups on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30 am to 11.00 am with a maximum of twelve players per session.

Adult Improvers Group

Thursdays 7:15 – 8:15 pm

Come to a general evening coaching session with Derek and then stay for Social Play; this session is proving extremely popular. contact Derek Rogers on 07885 874 031 for details.


Special Coaching Days for Ladies

Additionally, Derek and Alan run regular ‘Ladies’ Coaching Days’  which last for 5 hours and include technical drills, video analysis, lunch and a tournament.