The Connaught was originally established as a Tennis Club in 1885 and is steeped in a rich and varied history. We have 2 indoor hard courts, 6 outdoor acrylic courts (2 of which are covered during the winter season by an inflatable dome) and 1 clay court.  

The club runs a large number of men’s, ladies & mixed teams, as well as doubles & single internal leagues. We also run competitions for juniors and adults. Club Afternoons on Tuesdays & Thursdays provide an opportunity for social tennis. Just turn up and play!



Playing Season, Costs and Times 

Tennis membership runs from the 1st April each year.
The Club opens at 8:00am Monday through to Sunday and closes at 10:30pm Monday to Saturday and 8pm Sundays and Bank Holidays, with the courts available daily until 10pm (8pm on Sundays).

  All outdoor courts are included in the membership, although there is an extra fee for booking indoor courts. Court bookings are available in 30 minute slots with midweek off peak sessions available during daytime to 5pm and all weekend, and peak sessions from 5pm Monday – Friday.  

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Membership, Court Times & Booking 

Tennis membership runs from the 1st April each year. 

MembershipJoining FeeAnnual Fee 24/25
Full Membership£25£520
Family – (Adults and 2 Children U18)£50£890
Midweek Member – Monday to Friday – 8.00am-4.00pm£25£309
Age 18-28/U£15£333
Age 13-18/U£15£202
Age 12/U – A parent must be a playing or social member£15£70

Members can renew their membership through the Globus system or alternatively by bank transfer.  Members are provided with a unique ID and PIN number, which enable them to book courts from any online computer.  On accessing your account you need to ‘top up’ your account. This is done again online and in multiples of £30, which gets drawn down as you book courts. There is a £2 fee if you use a credit card, but free when using a debit card.


The Club coaching programme is run by Andrew Foster and Dan Osben, who work closely with the Club to deliver a top-class programme suitable for both juniors and adults, from beginners to full time players. Andrew and Dan are supported by a number of high calibre coaches, including Rob Carter and Ash Simmonds, as well as some of our top Tour players.

Our in-house coaches are:-  

DAN OSBEN | Head Club Pro – LTA Level 3 Accredited

Coaching Rate: £50 per hour

Dan is a highly motivated, ambitious, and passionate pro with nearly 20 years coaching experience.  He has strong experience and a proven track record on all levels of coaching from Mini Tennis to ATP Challenger Tour.  Dan loves to travel and experience new angles of coaching, previously coaching in Spain, India, and Australia.  As part of Dan’s tennis passion, he still enjoys high level competition and sparring and will be representing The Connaught Club for matches going forward.

When not on the court Dan enjoys endurance training including running, cycling, and swimming.  He is a huge fan of social dining/cuisine and lastly a keen follower of Arsenal Football Club.

Coach comment: “I’m very excited to be part of The Connaught Club, it feels like home.  I look forward to growing an all-inclusive programme and giving our juniors the best shot at a strong future whether it be on or off the court”.  P.S. and for everyone to have fun!

Dan runs both the junior and adult programmes at the Club as well as being available for individual lessons.

ANDREW FOSTER | Head of Performance – LTA Level 3 Accredited

Coaching Rate: £50 per hour

Andrew had a very promising national and international junior career.  Andrew was no. 1 British junior through all age groups and reached the top 10 ITF U18 junior.  As a pro player Andrew achieved his highest ranking of ATP 174.  He played in all the grand slams reaching the last 16 at Wimbledon in 1993, where he lost to the eventual champion, Pete Sampras.  Andrew started his coaching career in 1998 and within 2 years was coaching the number one female GB player and had a group of promising juniors which included James Ward (who went on to help GB win the Davis Cup).  He started coaching at The Connaught in 2005 with numerous players going on to play at a national/international level. Andrew really enjoys coaching all age groups and standards.

In his spare time Andrew likes to travel with his wife Mimi, watch all sports but especially cricket and light a barbeque whenever possible.

Coach comment: “This is a great club with a vast history, and I believe that together we can create a fun environment where we can enjoy our sport and build lasting friendships”.

Andrew runs the very successful ‘Foster Pro Tour’ but is also available for individual lessons.

JAMES MARKIEWICZ | Tennis Coach – LTA Level 2 Accredited

Coaching Rate: £43 per hour

James is a coach passionate about tennis; both teaching and playing it himself.  He is finishing his MSc in Sports Management at the University of East London where he was a sports scholar and the Men’s Tennis Captain.  He has a 1.1 rating, competes for the Kent Men’s team who are currently reigning national champions, is a former 4-year US division 1 athlete from Saint Mary’s college of California where he graduated with a degree in business administration, and wants to continue his development as a player on the future circuit.  James has coached both beginners and competitive players, worked with various ages and has coached at clubs in England, Germany, and the U.S.

Hobbies:  James likes to take his mind off tennis with music.  He enjoys playing the guitar, piano and singing.  He has even spent some time busking on the streets of London.  Otherwise, he runs a passion project with his social cause business “James Jozef Bandanas” that he founded which offers colourful bandanas and gives financial support to London’s athletes and artists.

Coach comment: “I’m super excited to be part of the team at the Connaught Club.  It’s amazing to be surrounded by people passionate about creating an atmosphere that gives players the opportunity to develop into the best tennis players they can be”.

MAX PARR MAY | Tennis Coach – LTA Level 3 accredited

Coaching Rate: £43 per hour

Max joined the team a little over a year ago, he has worked in several tennis academy setups over the years spending most of his playing and coaching experiences in Spain after competing across Europe as a junior. When Max returned to the Uk in 2021 he became an LTA level 3 coach and coached the Essex county teams before joining Connaught in 2022. He teaches all abilities and is motivated and highly optimistic to help his players improve.

Max’s time away from the courts is spent in the gym, golfing and spending time with his family. 

Coach comment: “There is no place like Connaught I’ve been in many different environments and no other has been as good as the Connaught!  The club is in good hands and has a strong future with exciting things happening frequently. As well as the other coaches I’m excited to get stuck into our programmes”.

CAROLINE VARDA | Tennis Coach – LTA Level 2 Accredited

Coaching Rate: £35 per hour

Caroline has been a member since she was born and a tennis coach at Connaught since she was 15 years old. Her parents were the captain and manager of the club, so she spent most of her childhood at the club and on the courts. She has represented Essex since she was 14 years old in all the junior age groups and then for 12 years for the ladies’ team. Caroline was Essex captain for the over 35 team and then England captain of an over 35 team which played against the other home nations.

At 17 Caroline won a mixed doubles tournament which resulted in her playing in a Pro Am against the legend Rod Laver whilst partnering the Wimbledon doubles champion Fred Stolle.

Aged 22 Caroline and her Mum Avril won the UK Mother and Daughter title and went on to reach the final of the World championships in Florida.

Caroline has now competed in the over 40 and 50s vets teams for Essex and still plays for the club team. Her children are also coaching at Connaught, and she enjoys playing mixed doubles with them.

Coach comment: “Most of my friends are those that I made in tennis when I was a junior tennis player at Connaught. Tennis has been the thread that has kept us all in touch over the decades. It’s like my second home and I love coaching and seeing other people fall in love with the game”. 

MARSHALL TUTU | Tennis Coach – LTA Level 3 Accredited

Coaching Rate: £43 per hour

Marshall has been involved in coaching for 8 years and been involved in tennis for over 25 years. Has experience with players at all levels from beginner to ATP, as-well as coaching qualifications has a degree in sports and exercise science. 1st experienced playing tennis at the Connaught club at 5 years old and came back to Connaught nearly 25 years later.

Achieved a singles world ranking of 1077 ATP and still enjoys competing,  Plays regularly for Essex for a number of years, and plays regular German league matches.

Hobbies include fitness/boxing, playing the piano, travelling/ learning languages, and a keen chess player. 

Travelled with players and competed in many countries – eg Zimbabwe, Romania, Serbia, Costa Rica, Azerbaijan Supporting them and coaching them at various locations worldwide.

Coach comment: “I remember my early days with fondness at Connaught and how much I enjoy it here. I enjoy seeing development of tennis players who I coach and their enjoyment of tennis, helping them reach their potential.

FARHAD ATARODITEHRANI | Tennis Coach – LTA Level 2 Accredited

Coaching Rate: £40 per hour

A highly effective Tennis Coach and mentor with several years’ experience and demonstrable success in training tennis students, developing capabilities and managing young players to achieve their goals.  A natural leader, effective communicator, and strong influencer with extensive tennis expertise.

Hobbies:  Outside the tennis courts, Farhad is a fitness fanatic, an avid cook, a keen traveller, and a music producer of electronic music.

ALEKSANDER ANDIC | Tennis Coach – LTA Level 1 Accredited

Coaching Rate: £35 per hour

Aleksandar is a dynamic and enthusiastic tennis professional who not only excels as a player on the ITF circuit, steadily accruing valuable experience, but also serves as a dedicated tennis coach. His ATP career high stands at 1600, and he aspires to further elevate his performance. During breaks from competitive play, Aleks dedicates his time to coaching players of all levels, ranging from beginners and mini reds to performance players. Additionally, he actively contributes to the club by organizing various events and participating in team matches, proudly representing Team Connaught. Aleks also leads with producing content for the Foster Pro Tour social media platforms.

Outside of the tennis court, Aleks finds pleasure in watching Netflix, with his top picks being “Suits” and “Prison Break.” Aside from that, his life is entirely centred around his passion for tennis.

Coach comment: “I am grateful for the position I find myself in and deeply appreciate the club’s assistance in reaching my tennis goals. The atmosphere and the people at Connaught are truly amazing, and I take great joy in being a part of this club”.

LUCY DAWSON | Tennis Coach – LTA Level 1 Accredited

Coaching Rate: £30 per hour

Lucy is a dedicated , motivated and aspiring pro with 15 years of experience in competition and in more recent years this has extended to playing internationally, competing in Tunisia, Greece and Egypt. She has experience working at tournaments as a court supervisor and coaching players ranging from Mini Reds to National juniors. Lucy has been playing the game since 6 years of age and is still as passionate as ever. She is always looking to expand her coaching and playing knowledge by learning from the other coaches and players at The Connaught Club, which she believes is a great team to be a part of! 

When not playing tennis , Lucy enjoys spending time with family and friends whilst also studying towards her online psychology degree. Her understanding of the mental game is also knowledge Lucy brings to her coaching sessions. 

Lucy coaches mainly individual sessions ranging from players in mini tennis to adults of 60+. You will probably see her on court with other coaches , playing and improving herself too!

Coach comment: ‘I’m very excited to be part of The Connaught family and help players to grow their game and improve every day. I am excited to see our players keep improving as the programme grows with them. The values at Connaught are very clear that we love hard work but also want everyone to be having fun and their individual needs met. I look forward to seeing more aspiring players on court soon!’

The Foster Pro Tour

The Foster Pro Tour is aimed at high performance tennis players, male and female from 16+ years. Players with a professional world ranking of 3.1 on a pathway to pro circuit competition.   
2 sessions every weekday 10:30-13:00 and 14:30-16:30 
1 session on a Saturday 12:00-14:00 

Sessions will be taken by a head coach and often with an assistant coach. Each player will work with Andrew Foster to set outcome goals which will be reviewed and adapted periodically. 

The cost of the programme will be determined by the number of sessions each player is able to attend. For more information, please contact Andrew Foster on 07977 570823. 

Adult Programme 

Mondays – 11.00-12.30 | Ladies Improver group coaching – £12 per session
Mondays – 19:30-21:00 | Mixed Improver group coaching – £12 per session 
Tuesdays – 19:00-20:00 | Ladies Beginners group coaching – £8 per session  
Tuesdays – 20:00-21:30 | Mixed Intermediate group coaching – £12 per session
Tuesdays – 12:30-14:30 | Club Afternoon £3 including tea and cake 

Wednesdays – 19:30-21:00 | Ladies Improver group coaching – £12 per session
Thursdays – 12:30-14:30 | Club Afternoon £3 including tea and cake 
Fridays – 9.30-11:00 | Ladies Team training – £12 per session 

Non Members £12 per hour, £15 per 1.5 hours.

Club Afternoon runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.30-2.30 pm which are supervised sessions that all members are welcome to attend.  These take place whatever the weather as indoor courts are always guaranteed. 

Junior Programme

The Club run a large number of junior groups for children from 3 years and upwards throughout the week.  The LTA Mini Tennis programme is aimed at children aged 4-10 years.  Here the children use smaller rackets and nets.  The court size and slower balls are suitable for the child’s age.

From 10 years of age all juniors play with a yellow ball on a full court.  The Club offer a large number of groups for all juniors which include drills, match-play and themed lessons.  These lessons take place midweek from 4 pm onwards and on a Saturday from 9 am.

Saturday coaching – Minis from 4 years to 18 years | £8.50 per hour 

Midweek coaching – Mini Red Tennis | £10 per hour session 

Mini Orange Tennis | £11 per hour session

Yellow Ball Sessions | £12 per hour

Social Programme

The tennis section of the Club has a full social calendar allowing new and old members to mix and mingle regularly both on and off court. Throughout the year there are a number of social tournaments which members are encouraged to sign up to.  Contact the office for further information on this years events.

Saturday 6 May 2024 – Pro/AM tournament

Saturday 1 June 2024 – Thai Break Tens

Sunday 14 July 2024 – Wimbledon Whites

Sunday 15 September 2024 – Club Finals Day

Saturday 12 October 2024 – Oktoberfest Tennis