List of ECF Registered Coaches

The following is a list of coaches registered with the ECF and advertising their private services for chess coaching. The ECF has allocated the coaches to tiers based on our Registered Coaches Scheme. Please note that ECF Registered Chess Coaches are not employees or agents of the ECF, and should not be construed as such based on their appearance on the list. The ECF has reviewed the coaches’ application, including chess knowledge, skill level, and previous experience as part of the registration process. It is up to the employer, or the person or organisation seeking to employ one of these listed coaches, to confirm the coach is suitable for their needs and to perform any checks that in their judgement need to be carried out, including checks on current DBS certificates where relevant. Click on the name of the coach to see more details for each coach. Coaches are arranged by level [1-4]

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Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3 | Level 4

Level 1
Simon Berry | Region - Worcestershire | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: simonberry144@gmail.com Tel: 07966 412619
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools and Communities Training Courses 2017 & 2019
Thomas Bonn | Region - London | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: th.bonn@laposte.net
Coaching formats – schools, online
Credentials/courses – Level 5 diploma in Education and Training
Raymond Ezra | Region - Yorkshire | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: rayezra@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 07751 306524
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – CSC Teaching Chess in Primary Schools, Leeds; CSC Teaching Chess in Primary Schools, Hull; ECU101 Smart Method of Teaching Chess; Open University OpenLearn course ‘Exploring Sport Coaching and Psychology’
Publications – 21 chess tutorials for beginners on YouTube
John Foley | Region - London | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: john.foley@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – CSC; ECU101; ECU102; ECU103
Publications – Two Pupil Workbooks for CSC; Book on Primary School Chess, Thinking Skills, published 2010 by CSC; ChessPlus YouTube channel
Matthew Forster | Region - West Sussex | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: mj4ster@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online
Credentials/courses – attended SJC training sessions as a teaching assistant for 2 years
Satish Gaekwad | Region - Greater London/Kent | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: satish.gaekwad@gmail.com Telephone: 07868 034875
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – Introductory Course on Teaching Chess in Primary Schools; ECU School Chess Teacher Course; ECU Chess & Mathematics Course
Cassie Graham | Region - West Sussex | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: cassiegraham@virginmedia.com
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children, online
John Hipshon | Region - West Yorkshire | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: jr.hipshon@ntlworld.com
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Publications – videos and training materials at www.leedsjuniorchessclub.co.uk
Steven Jones | Region - Hampshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: stevenjones1812@gmail.com Tel: 07428 198574
Coaching formats – online
David Knight | Region - Middlesex | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: daveeknight@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – chess clubs
Brigitta Peszleg | Region - London | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: brigitta.peszleg@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – ECU101; ECU102; Judit Polgar’s Chess Palace program
Michael Pollard | Region - Yorkshire | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: dunelm27@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools
Credentials/courses – One day course run by Sean Marsh for CSC; 2 qualifications for NSPCC
Ben Rich | Region - Yorkshire | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: ben@benrich.co.uk Tel: 07469 159134
Coaching formats – schools, online
Simon Roe | Region - Hertfordshire | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: simonjroe@aol.com
Coaching formats – adults only
Alan Ruffle | Region - Staffordshire | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: aa.chess@sky.com Tel: 01785 249781
Coaching formats – schools
Publications – The Chess Scene (book)
Prince Singh | Region - Surrey | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: 4singp81@solent.ac.uk Tel: 07984 171041
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children
Credentials/courses – EDU101 – Beginner Level Chess
Michael Smith | Region - London | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: mikechesstutor@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools course on introduction to chess coaching
Level 2
Alan Agnew | Region - Leicestershire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: alanagnew_uk@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 07434 286893
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – Fully qualified teacher status (QTS)
Alec Aslett | Region - Berkshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: ajaslett@yahoo.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Joel Bird | Region - London | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: joel@bensoftware.com Tel: 07799 143145
Coaching formats – training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Paul Bloom | Region - Surrey | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: paul.bloom3@ntlworld.com Tel: 07722 065930
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – ECF Arbiter
Daniel Brooks | Region - London | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: lashientax@gmail.com Tel: 07393 580592
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Michael Brown | Region - London | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: kendalchess@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – CSC Introductory Chess Coaching Course for Teachers; CSC Skills development Course for Chess Tutors; CSC Online Tutor Training
Peter Cloudsdale | Region - Yorkshire | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: cloudsdale_c@hotmail.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – Arbiter Course in Bradford with David Welch
Ken Coates | Region - Hampshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: ken@gemhadar.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Neil Dainty | Region - Derbyshire | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: neildainty@talktalk.net Tel: 07870 141191
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online
Credentials/courses – ECU102 Chess and Mathematics; Classroom training with CSC; Safeguarding with CSC and SHC
Ionică Dragomir | Region - London | Type of coaching - All Levels
Email: iodragomir@yahoo.co.uk Tel: 07760 113132
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools and Communities Course December 2010, Arbiter Level 1
Jon Freeman | Region - Hertfordshire | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: jontrudy@yahoo.co.uk
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children
Marcus Gosling | Region - Surrey | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: marcus94gosling@gmail.com Tel: 07711 946455
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Publications – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkSJPwS0HjjNgVk4c_TjfwbznDBnDkJah; https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkSJPwS0HjjNztdezrWUiG1nKNoEQLVmP
David Graham | Region - West Sussex | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: dave@dgchess.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Lisa Harrison-Willmoth | Region - London | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: admin@chesscoachingservices.net
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs
Alex Holowczak | Region - West Midlands | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: alexholowczak@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools
Credentials/courses – CSC Course 2012, Birmingham
Colin Hughes | Region - Middlesex | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: colin.chess156@gmail.com Tel: 01895 312959
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools & Communities One Day Course 2014
Edward Jones | Region - Derbyshire | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: ed47jones@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate
Daniel Knight | Region - Middlesex | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: meritcleaning@hotmail.com Tel: 07834 267109
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online
Nick London | Region - Nottinghamshire | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: nicklondon2222@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – CSC introductory training session; CSC conference 2018, 2019
Lateefah Messam-Sparks | Region - Madrid, Spain | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: lmessamsparks@yahoo.com
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children, online, SEN
George Miller | Region - Bristol | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: checkers@checkers.plus.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – CSC Tutor course; FIDE Trainers’ Seminar; Exam taken after FIDE Seminar; FIDE Instructor Level, licenced from July 2020
Nigel Moyse | Region - Oxfordshire | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: nigelmoyse@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – CSC one day coaching course February 2019; CSC two day training course for coaches November 2019
Verity Pettit | Region - Middlesex | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: veritypettit@outlook.com Tel: 07801 881910
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – Chess In Schools tutor day, London Training Course; ECU101 The SMART Method to Teach Chess
Publications – I have a couple of videos at beginner level on my ChessMates YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJYkuXuZPpWSJ8cB45i1LZg
Website – http://www.chessmates.club
Margareta Pislariu | Region - London | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: margaretapislariu@yahoo.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – Training Courses with CSC; London Islington Training Course 02.07.2014; NSPCC Child Protection in Schools; Introductory Course on Teaching Chess in Primary School
Carl Portman | Region - Oxfordshire | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: carl.portman@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 01295 738001
Coaching formats – schools, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – Accredited ECU School Chess Teacher
Publications – Chess Behind Bars (book)
Chris Rice | Region - Kent | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: chrisrice17@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – ECU 101; numerous conferences during the annual week of the London Classic for chess in schools up to 2019; various safeguarding and child protection courses
James Robinson | Region - London | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: JMR700@Pobroadband.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools
Noel Stewart | Region - Surrey | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: noelmstewart@btinternet.com
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children
Gary Titmas | Region - Kent | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: gary.titmas@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Trevor Tolentino | Region - Cambridgeshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: trevor.tolentino@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools and Communities – Training Spring 2019 (Oxford); Qualified Teacher Status, PGCE 2008
Website – https://www.cambournetutoring.co.uk/cambourne-chess
Martin Tomes | Region - Suffolk | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: martin.tomes62@gmail.com
Coaching formats – chess clubs
Publications – http://www.ipswichchess.co.uk/chess-videos.html
Glenn Trueman | Region - Greater Manchester | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: glenntrueman@aol.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online
Credentials/courses – CSC Introductory Course 2014; I have attended five CSC December tutor training weekends
John Upham | Region - Hampshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: john.upham@zen.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Website – http://britishchessnews.com/; http://chessforschools.org.uk/; http://www.frimleyjuniorchessclub.org.uk/
Richard Weekes | Region - London | Type of coaching - Beginner
Email: rwchessacademy@hotmail.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, SEN
Publications – 1 | 2
Website – https://rwcworldwide.com/
Stephen Westmoreland | Region - Yorkshire | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: westy147@yahoo.co.uk
Coaching formats – chess clubs
Russell White | Region - Essex | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: russell.white@virgin.net Tel: 07734 720419
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs
John Wrench | Region - Isle of Wight | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: j.wrench11@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools & Communities – Chess Tutor Training Course (Sheffield Uni); Chess in Schools & Communities – Clasroom Management Course; Chess in Schools & Communities – Safeguarding Course; Chess in Schools & Communities – Regional Organiser Training sessions; Zoom Training Course (whilst working in an IT support role)
Level 3
Jonathan Arnott | Region - Sheffield | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: jonathan@steelcitypress.co.uk Tel: 07732 857339
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Publications – Chess: Skills, Tactics, Techniques (book, Crowood)
Emma-Jane Billington-Phillips | Region - Hampshire | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: coach@chessentriesforall.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, SEN
Credentials/courses – National and FIDE arbiter courses
Jonathan Blackburn | Region - Staffordshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: jonathan.blackburn1985@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – PGCE teacher training with University of Wolverhampton; Qualified Teacher Status QTS 1589914; ECU school chess teacher; CSC tutor
Michael Forster | Region - West Sussex | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: mike.sussex.chess@cantab.net
Coaching formats – training groups including children
Credentials/courses – qualified FIDE Arbiter
David Hardy | Region - Greater Manchester | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: davidghardy57@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – CSC Regional Organiser, CSC internal courses
Mark Josse | Region - Surrey | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: markjosse@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – FIDE CM and ECF National Master titles; CSC 2 day coaches training course; CSC Online tuition delivery tutor course; CSC Online safeguarding training course
David Levens | Region - Derbyshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: davidlevens@chesscoach.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Publications – Basic Chess [now also sold as Chess Basics]; 3rd edition due April; six 4 Now booklets
Philip Makepeace | Regions - London, Oxfordshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: philipmakepeace@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Publications – Twitter [twitter.com/chesscoaches]; Streatham Festival simultaneous live coaching stream – https://youtu.be/1lqOMMxO03k; Twitch coaching streams – https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLso7CM4CWiJdV0I3srMMny3xMlK0z89v3
Maria Manelidou | Regions - London | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: london@chessacademy.uk Tel: 07858 563332
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – Annual CSC training courses since 2015; WFM; Child Protection in Education Level 2
Publications – https://www.facebook.com/events/247575389245568/?active_tab=discussion; https://www.chessacademy.uk/course/chess-for-girls/; https://hammerchess.co.uk/event/fide-master-maria-manelidou/
Graham Nixon | Region - West Yorkshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – qualified teacher
Adam Raoof | Region - London | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: adamraoof@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – the only qualified Steps Method coach in the UK
Andrew Varney | Region - Oxfordshire | Type of coaching - All
Email: AV.chess@outlook.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – CSC one-day course (2013); regular CSC conference training since 2016
Zoe Varney | Region - Oxfordshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: z4zebra@ntlworld.com
Coaching formats – chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Thomas Villiers | Region - London | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: tmvilliers@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – ECF Arbiter Training; Chess in Schools & Communities training/induction
David Zakarian | Region - Oxfordshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: davezak13@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, online
Credentials/courses – Qualified Teacher Status since 2nd June 2010, General Teaching Council for England
Level 4
Dagne Ciuksyte | Region - Suffolk | Type of coaching - All levels
Email: mjchessclub@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Publications – https://en.chessbase.com/post/chess-coaching-during-the-covid-19-pandemic; https://en.chessbase.com/post/chess-variants-entertaining-fun-instructive
Website – https://dagnechess.co.uk/
Lorin D'Costa | Region - London | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: lorin_eagles@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Credentials/courses – IM; Qualified for the International FIDE Trainer’s title; Over 10 years’ experience
Publications – Chessbase English Opening; Chess on Toast DVDs; Move By Move Series with Everyman Chess (4 books) 
Website – http://www.lorinchess.com/about/
John Emms | Region - Kent | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: gmjohnemms95@gmail.com Tel: 07716 271630
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Publications – authored / co-author of more than 40 books on openings, endgames, tactics and strategy
Mark Hebden | Region - Leicestershire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: mhebden@hotmail.co.uk Tel: 01162 996913
Coaching formats – online
Adam Hunt | Region - Suffolk | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: ads59@yahoo.com Tel: 07717 696370
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – Holder of FIDE Trainer title
Publications – Chess Strategy, Move by Move (Everyman Chess)
Sheila Jackson | Region - Middlesex, Hertfordshire & London | Type of coaching - All levels
Email: sjackson488@btinternet.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – WGM; attended Batsford Coaching session led by Bob Wade to qualify as Regional Coach; 20+ years chess coaching experience
Richard James | Region - London | Type of coaching - Intermediate
Email: richard@chessheroes.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Publications – The (Even More) Complete Chess Addict; Addicts’ Corner; Move One!; Chess for Kids; The Right Way to Teach Chess to Kids
Gary Kenworthy | Region - Buckinghamshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: gary.kenworthy@btopenworld.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN
Credentials/courses – National Coach certificate; Former BCF Director of Coaching; FIDE Master certificate
Andrew Ledger | Region - South Yorkshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: andrew_ledger@outlook.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – Chess in Schools and Communities course attended in Hull in January 2019; shadowing in May, June 2019
Sarah Longson | Region - Cheshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: sarah@ukchess.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Publications – co-author, ECF Academy material
Website – https://www.delanceyukschoolschesschallenge.com/
Andrew Martin | Region - countrywide | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: a.martin2007@yahoo.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – FIDE Senior Trainer; IM with 40 years’ coaching experience
Tony Niccoli | Region - London | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: tonyniccolichess@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – Level 2 ECF Arbiter
Nick Pert | Region - Hampshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: nickpert@hotmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online
Credentials/courses – GM
Publications – many DVDs with Chessbase / Ginger GM
Website: http://www.gmchess.co.uk
Nicholas Thomas | Region - Warwickshire | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: athomnic@gmail.com
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, online
Robert Willmoth | Region - London | Type of coaching - Advanced
Email: robwillmoth@hotmail.co.uk
Coaching formats – schools, chess clubs, training groups including children, groups of adults, online, SEN