England International Runner
As a keen runner at international level, Mike's advise has helped me enormously. I get very anxious before races and Mike has given me steps to help me overcome this.
His first hand experience not only with numerous athletes but being a high level sportsman himself has meant that he can advise and understand the pressure of sport and can help you overcome many obstacles to make you a better athlete, improve your results and most importantly enjoy your sport more!
In a recent race his advise running through my head made me dig deep when I wanted to give up and believe that I could win and I did! Thank you for helping me achieve that Mike!
He is also non judgemental and he “gets it:” even when you say things to him that you know are irrational! I would not hesitate to recommend Mike to any sports person.
Professional footballer at Wigan Athletic FC
Growing up and going to secondary school, Mike was my teacher in many of the sports I chose to do. Football was my main sport.
Mike’s attention to detail was second to none. Going on to win every competition from year seven through to year nine, his influence on myself and other pupils was vital.
On a personal note he helped me a lot, even at a young age, to be more confident within myself and not to get to down when things weren't going my way. He always gave me the belief to go again and again!
He supported me enormously, whether it would be working on different skills or especially, the mental side of the game. He always gave his time and effort towards helping me to improve and even more importantly, being enthusiastic about it. He had a drive to see myself and others do really well.
I left school to move on to my professional career in football. To this day myself and my family have always appreciated the work Mike has done for my career. He was a crucial part in getting me to where I am today.
Commonwealth Games swimming finalist, currently studying in the USA.
Mike Hopwood helped me get to where I am today in more ways than I can describe. His approachable and empathic personality made him extremely easy to open up to and trust with my performance. Mike helped me control my pre-race anxiety and taught me strategies to manage external stimuli in order to reach my zone of optimal functioning.
This helped me immensely in the Commonwealth games final where I found my high-performance anxiety and the large crowd were impacting me more than anticipated, I was able to take a step back and focus on performing at my best.
Mike also taught me strategies to prepare for training, especially how to cope and mentally overcome tiredness and fatigue to get the most out of each session, this was imperative due to my heavy training schedule of 13-15 sessions of swimming and strength and conditioning a week.
The techniques that I have learnt from Mike have stuck with me through my swimming career and have never failed me. They were especially useful when I hit a plateau my first year at the University of Tennessee. These techniques allowed me to keep my morale up when my results were not what I wanted and to place my focus on process oriented goals rather than outcome oriented goals and eventually led to me being at my best once again.