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Justin Layne is appointed head coach at Cocks and Hens Cambridge Tennis Club


By Mark Taylormark.taylor@iliffemedia.co.uk


New Cocks and Hens Cambridge Tennis club coach Justin Layne
New Cocks and Hens Cambridge Tennis club coach Justin Layne

New appointment to take club coaching forward

Justin Layne has become the new head coach at Cocks and Hens Cambridge Tennis club.

The highly-experienced coach has his roots in Cambridgeshire tennis, and is currently a director of Compete Tennis, a high performance centre in Romford, and head coach at Langford LTC in Bedfordshire.

Layne spent his junior years in Cambridgeshire before earning a place at Hills Road Sixth Form College while training as part of the national under-18 boys’ squad.

He went on to play on the professional circuit for four years, becoming British No 8 and achieving a world ranking of 414, one of the highest achieved by a Cambridgeshire male.

Layne is aiming to build on the foundations created by Matt Taylor and Chris Little, and will be retaining club stalwarts Andy Lingley and Charles Harcourt.

His plans include building on Cocks and Hens’ developing family base and offering an ambitious junior programme of coaching and friendly competition, while it is intended to link the club into Over & In’s tried and tested administrative system for coaching.

“Being a Cambridgeshire man through and through, it’s great to be coaching in the area and really exciting to be at Cocks and Hens as it’s the club where I played my very first proper tournament 32 years ago,” said Layne.

“One of the factors that swayed my decision in taking up the position with the club was everyone I spoke to told me what a welcoming and friendly club Cocks and Hens is. And they were right – everyone I have met so far has been so very warm and welcoming.

“The courts and clubhouse are fantastic and I’m very much looking forward to embedding myself in club life.”

A meet the coach event will be held at Cocks and Hens on Sunday (September 9), which will give members of the public the chance to take part in free coaching sessions and enrol for autumn courses.

It is open to adults and juniors of all standards and will be held between 10am and 4pm at the club’s Grantchester Road base. Balls and rackets will be supplied.

Cocks and Hens club chairman Barrie Hunt said: “We’re delighted to have secured the services of Justin, who is reputed to be one of the best coaches in East Anglia.

“Cocks and Hens have built a strong coaching programme over the past couple of years and, with his exceptional experience at all levels, he is the ideal person to take the club forward.

“He will be an asset not just to the club but to tennis in Cambridgeshire.”

Cocks and Hens Cambridge Tennis is reputed to be the second oldest tennis club in the world, founded around 1870.

They moved to Grantchester Road in October 2016, and have four hard courts and four Tigerturf Advantage Pro courts, with four floodlit courts.

Last year, the men’s first team won the Aegon regional play-offs and were promoted to the regional division of the renamed Team Tennis competition, and this year they finished fifth in a division of eight.



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