Mike Herd first started playing tennis aged 9 years old and instantly fell in love with the game. He loved nothing more than playing against his friends for hours on end!
Mike loves competition and played for North Wales as a Junior and also for Bangor University in Northern Division 1A.
It was at University that Mike really started to show an interest in coaching, whilst studying for a degree in Sport Science. After finishing his degree, one of his friends suggested that he should try tennis coaching. Straightaway, Mike absolutely loved coaching and knew he wanted to do it as a career.
Mike has been lucky enough to coach abroad, and has worked at the Forte Village Tennis Academy in Sardinia, alongside famous stars such as former world no 14, Younes El Aynaoui, who beat Federer and Nadal.
Mike has also worked recently with a tennis holiday company called Active Away who featured on Dragons Den and they managed to get an investment from Peter Jones. Mike worked in Greece helping them to run their very popular adult tennis holidays.
Mike is an LTA Accredited Level 4 Senior Club Coach and RPT European Professional with over 10 years’ experience working with all ages and abilities.
Mike is also an UKRSA Racket Stringer and Technician and has a huge passion for all things tennis and sports related. In 2012, Mike completed a BSc in Sport Science at the University of Bangor, where he was the captain of the Men’s Tennis 1st Team.
In 2016, Mike completed an intensive PGCE Primary Teacher Training Course. This helped to give Mike a further insight into the best ways in which people learn and retain information, which he now applies to all of his tennis lessons today.
Mike currently works as the Lead Coach at Frodsham and Helsby in Cheshire, and Hawarden and Pen-y-ffordd in North Wales. Mike also coaches at Castell Alun and Hawarden High Schools, and also works at a few Primary Schools in the area.
Mike is lucky to have a great team of coaches who do a brilliant job inspiring to play tennis each week. Mike and his team were recent finalists for Tennis Wales Coach Of The Year in 2019