This is a short blog on how Mike got into tennis coaching. Mike has always loved tennis from an early age and spent many hours training and competing as a junior at Wrexham Tennis Centre.
Wrexham Tennis Centre is where Mike’s coaching career began
Mike’s first coaching experience was as a 15 year old at Wrexham during a work experience placement. Shortly as this Mike completed his level 1 coaching qualification at Caernarfon Tennis Centre. He was then mentored by experienced coach Ian Preston for his level 2 and helped assist with the mini tennis.
In 2009, Mike enrolled on a sports science degree at Bangor University and was still assisting at Caernarfon. After graduating in 2012, Mike was unsure about what he wanted to do for a career. One of Mike’s close tennis friends suggested he should try his hand at tennis coaching. Soon after, Mike sent his CV to Wrexham and was offered some hours to assist with the mini tennis and adult programme. He loved it straightaway, but was struggling to make ends meet with a lack of hours.
However, by chance, a vacancy came up at Pen-y-ffordd Tennis Club for a head coach job which he grabbed with both hands. There were only 68 members at the club with no coaching programme in place. Mike wanted to change this and could see the potential at the club. Mike enrolled on a level 3 coaching course with Inspire2coach for advice and guidance to grow the club. Many hours were spent in the cold outdoors trying to build up the programme and membership numbers. Within 2 years, the membership grew massively, to over 170 members and the club were awarded runners up for Club of the year in Wales. Fast forward to 2017, the club now have over 220 members and are one of the leading clubs in North Wales.