Happy Christmas from the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy

Well last night was the last session for this term, before we return again for a new one on the 17th January 2020… And as it is customary for this Academy at this time of year, it was time for us to have a few christmas goalkeeper related games!

It was a time to not get too technical but still whilst having fun, playing games that needed goalkeeper skills in play… it was also time for us to hand out gifts to those who turned up and above all else praise them for all their efforts this term.

We have seen all our keepers develop, knuckling down to learn. An attitude that makes us proud, as it means it’s an easier environment to coach in.

We have also seen new coaches come on board, with new coaches starting next year. Coaches we have also seen develop.

This Academy has grown so much over the years and it is expected that from next term we will have 15 coaches and 50 keepers on our books… we even have a waiting list! We must be doing something right?

So I end this blog post, coming to the end of a really successful year. Successful for the Academy, the Coaches, and of course the Keepers! Here’s to more in 2020! Happy Christmas!

New Term Dates for the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy

The next Goalkeeper Academy Term dates are now finally booked. We will start the Academy again 20th September 2019 for 12 consecutive weeks to the 6th December 2019.

Sessions are 1.5 hours and start at 7:15pm.

As this is a not for profit Academy, we rely solely on funding. To assist with this funding, Goalkeepers shall be expected to pay for their coaching in the form of a membership fee. Pricing will be as follows:

  • £7 per session; or
  • Pay for a block of 3 sessions for £20; or
  • Pay for a block of 6 sessions for £35; or
  • Pay for a block of all 12 sessions for £60

To register your interest in attending the Academy and/or for further information please email WebContact@worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

Worcester Goalkeeper Academy Awards 2019

So after 2 more terms in 2018/19 our Academy closed its doors on another successful season… we will of course return in September to help more Goalkeepers!

At the end of Friday’s session, as is tradition, we had some fun and games… followed by prizes and more importantly awards. These awards were to give recognition to our Goalkeepers for their efforts this season. They al received a medal, however there was also 4 special awards given out to very worthy winners, as nominated by our coaches. Big congratulations go to all…see below for full details.

Most Improved Goalkeeper


  • Patrick Ashmore
  • David Tomasevic
  • Kyle Westwood
  • Jack Turner
  • Liam Cosgrove
  • Evan Masters


  • Patrick Ashmore

He has really matured into a good keeper in this group. I think he went through a bit of a confidence crisis early on in the year, however, we discussed his match performance and he pulled out some really good saves especially in the latter part of the year.

He is always up for his turn in goal and wants to show his prowess. His handling has got way better (some gentle reminders about technique here have helped!) and so have his kicks.

  • Evan Masters

He has improved significantly, he has started to display an ability to consistently perform technically sound GK actions and if he carries on, he will definitely earn himself a place in a higher group. However, his listening skill could improve.

He has improved in more of an all round sense, not just in technical aspect. Improved in confidence, maturity and now gives pointers to other, younger/new keepers. Always tried to ask relevant questions and tried to give worthwhile examples. Good on debriefed as well.

He is a cheeky chap at times and loves to have a laugh. But he has improved massively. Going up to the middle group has increased his confidence, as he is eager to learn and impresses all the coaches.

Star Goalkeeper


  • George Mitchell
  • Leia Carter
  • Joe Richards
  • Kyle Westwood
  • Ben Hewitt
  • William Churchley


  • Leia Carter

She is so determined to improve that she videos herself to reflect and learn from her training performance (although it often means we trip over her camera!). When paired with George, Leah jumps higher and often makes some extremely intuitive saves from his powerful shots.

An absolute professional and someone who is a great role model for all our others keepers. She is a perfectionist and is always open to advice or even watching back her own performances to understand how she do it better. She has a great work ethic, and totally dedicated, you never see her disinterested or critical of others. She is instead motivating to others and none more so when she was happy to help our youngsters when we were short on coaches.

  • Ben Hewitt

As soon as he started every coach commented on that he already looked like a good keeper, from the skills he demonstrated. But add to this his attitude to learning, and not messing about, showed he meant business, wanting to learn and improve further. This was the reason we felt that he should step up last week to work with the older keepers – he didn’t disappoint and fitted in immediately. Just goes to show what a huge potential he is!

He always works hard, always listens and takes in different coaching points.

He has demonstrated a complete understanding of what we as coaches are trying to achieve, that is improving GK performance. He has taken this and implemented it into his game indefinitely, he has shown excellent progression and I have no doubt that he will improve even further as he develops.

He is a hard working and determined goalkeeper. He turns up week in, week out and is eager to learn. Putting everything he has learned into practice. He shows great commitment as he puts 100% into every session.

Worcester Goalkeeper Academy is back for a new term

I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing summer? Hopefully not too relaxed that your keepers are out of condition… but then that’s what we are here for to get them back to fitness and ready for action…

Well, the countdown has begun… the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy start back this Friday 14th September at 7:15pm, for 12 more weeks of training sessions.

We have 10 coaches on our books, ready to help over the coming weeks. One of which I am proud to say now becomes a Lead coach, after achieving his coaching badges. Well done Mitch!

We have a plan created for all keepers, which includes coaching sessions across the term, covering lots of the aspects to develop the keepers, across all abilities, to help them and hopefully progress them, like we have for our previous keepers.

The cost is £7 a session or discounted if a block of sessions is purchased (3@ £20, 6@ £35 and 12@ £60).

If you do need more details, please check out the website.

So see you Friday!

Worcester Goalkeeper Academy Awards 2018

After 2 terms of we have seen over 50 keepers come through our doors. All of these keepers have improved, and deserve recognition for this. So what better way than to have some awards…

No one who attended went away without the recognition they deserved and indeed a medal for their efforts.

There were though 4 that we gave special recognition to and they received special awards, for the categories of Star Goalkeeper* and Most Improved. These awards were given based on nominations by the coaches.

*The Star Goalkeeper Award was given to the keepers with not just, talent, but with a willingness to learn and improve, as well as having complete dedication.

Star Goalkeeper: George Mitchell

The following were the comments by the coaches and some of the reasons why he won this award:

“Technically gifted and takes on board every thing Julia or Leanne teach or advise.”

“Great appetite for the game. Someone who turns up every week looking to improve his game.”

“He is consistent and focused in everything he does. This is displayed in their performances at the Academy.”

“He has stepped up and started to mini-mentor the younger keepers with tips, advice, encouragement, etc.”

“He wants to learn and get better, he always tries hard, I never have to ask him to run faster or work harder/quicker, he is very polite and ALWAYS thanks me after a session. He turns up on time and asks good questions about goalkeeping. A pleasure to coach.”

Star Goalkeeper: Harvey Bottomley

The following were the comments by the coaches and some of the reasons why he won this award:

“He has been at most of the sessions and has listened to each instructions… and always had a smile on his face.”

“His confidence has improved immensely in the past months and that is reflected in his ever-improving ability.”

“He is someone, who is always willing to take part in every exercise and puts his full dedication into it, no matter how hard it is, going for every ball, trying his best to make a save. He also takes on board all the feedback given and then uses it to improve in the sessions and his games.”

“His biggest attribute is that he listens to all the advice given and putting what we teach into practice. He has a desire and determination to improve and become a better keeper. A delight to coach!”

Most Improved Goalkeeper: Joe Richards

The following were the comments by the coaches and some of the reasons why he won this award:

“Technically gifted and takes on board every thing Julia or Leanne teach or advise.”

“He is starting to look like the complete keeper. Becoming very technically proficient and competent.”

“His technique is pretty sound and he is quick across the goal. He makes a good shape in the diving save and has a potent left foot. When I set up a practice he works hard to get better. A pleasure to coach.”

Most Improved Goalkeeper: Patrick Ashmore

The following were the comments by the coaches and some of the reasons why he won this award:

“His confidence has improved immensely in the past months and that is reflected in his ever-improving ability.”

“His confidence has grown so much this season. He puts in 100% in to every session and takes on all the feedback given to him, which shows in everything he does in the exercise.”

“He has made the set up, after Improving on the basics, becoming a much more skilful keeper. He turns up every week, listening to the coach’s advice and then put this into practice. He now works competently with the older keepers, but if he does join another group, he does not let this affect him, as he sees this as a way of refreshing on the basics, so he can improve his game. This is a great attitude to learning and why he is a pleasure to coach.”

Special Recognition

Special recognition must go to not only all the other keepers, but also the Coaches. They turn up week in week out, volunteer their own time to dedicate to the training of these keepers. The fact that we have not only seen our keepers improve, but also see them go on to bigger and better things, including winning bigger accolades, is down to the coaches. Thank you all for your help!

New 2018 Goalkeeper Coaching Dates Added

A new Worcester Goalkeeper Academy term will start from the 26th January 2018. It will run for the following 14 weeks from 7:15pm to 8:45pm (1.5 hours):

  • Week 1 : Friday 26th January 2018
  • Break
  • Week 2 : Friday 9th February 2018
  • Week 3 : Friday 16th February 2018
  • Week 4 : Friday 23rd February 2018
  • Week 5 : Friday 2nd March 2018
  • Week 6 : Friday 9th March 2018
  • Week 7 : Friday 16th March 2018
  • Week 8 : Friday 23rd March 2018
  • Break
  • Week 9 : Friday 6th April 2018
  • Week 10: Friday 13th April 2018
  • Week 11 : Friday 20th April 2018
  • Week 12 : Friday 27th April 2018
  • Break
  • Week 13 : Friday 11th May 2018
  • Week 14 : Friday 18th May 2018

Check out the website for more details: www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

Worcester Goalkeeper Academy Coach Profile: Magdalena Kalinowski 

Academy Coach


I started playing football in 2014. First with a Worcester womens team and then with the Worcester allstars disability football team. Whilst training with them every Sunday, I was tried in every position on the pitch, however it was only goalkeeping Was found to be best suited. 

At the start of 2015, as the opportunities at the time were limited, I decided I wanted to help others with my passion and took up coaching instead. So I volunteered as a young leader and now help at different football clubs and organisations: WDFC (now as adult coach), Olbury Park Tigers FC, Footie Bugs and the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.

In May 2017, I attained the FA Level 1 award for outfield.

As I have been coaching for a while at the Academy , I decided to take the step up and now help lead my own training sessions. I also plan to take the Goalkeeper Level 1 Award in 2018, to further develop my skills as a coach.

Following rule changes for the Worcester All Stars team, as well as coaching, I now also play for the club in the top league. I may be the only girl in the team but enjoy playing for the team as their goalkeeper! What’s more I get to put my coaching into practice!

If you believe you can achieve – Jodie Whiteman, West Bromwich Albion Goalkeeper 

The Worcester Goalkeeper Academy have a history of developing Goalkeepers, often getting great feedback from parents, players and coaches. It’s our passion and to hear that we have helped makes us incredibly proud. 

So to find out that one of our Goalkeepers has gone on to become a World Cup winner made us ecstatic!

Here’s a short piece from one of our former keepers, Jodie Whiteman:

I started playing for Droitwich Spa Ravens Girls, not just in goal but in a mixture of positions. However during that season, I was picked to attend the Worcester PDC, where I started playing in goal permanently. It was there that I met head coach, Julia West, who suggested I also attend the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.

After 18 months at the Academy, I have gone from grassroots to playing for an RTC, West Brom. In addition after successful county trials in the 2016/17 season, I become the goalkeeper for Worcestershire.

In July 2017, I went with my U15 Worcestershire Team to the biggest world tournament for youth football, The Gothia World Cupin Sweden… and our team won the trophy!

I have achieved so much already and this shows that with determination and hard work you can get where you want. However I wouldn’t be the player I am today without the help of the Academy.

All the coaches at the Academy are nice and helpful. I would especially like to thank Julia (West) and Simon (Deam) for everything for me and my football in the last 18 months.

If you believe you can achieve – Jodie Whiteman, West Bromwich Albion Goalkeeper 

Worcester Goalkeeper Academy Coach Profile: Leanne Gelder

Lead Academy Coach


I have played as a goalkeeper since the age of eight, enjoying all of the aspects which this position encompasses (mental strength, good communication and leadership, football intelligence, physical strength, agility and stamina and quick reflexes). After a knee injury in my late teens, I switched my allegiance to football coaching, earning the FA Outfield Level 1, FA Goalkeeping Level 1, and FA Youth Modules 1 & 2 by the age of 18 and coached children aged 5-14 at a local club.

After completing my psychology degree at University I spent a year coaching at the largest football academy in the South Island of New Zealand, working with similar aged children and internationally qualified coaches, ranging from South American, Australian, South African, Bulgarian and New Zealand. On my return home I decided to focus exclusively on goalkeeping coaching. From this, I completed placements at the Wolverhampton Wanderers Regional Talent Centre and the Queen’s Park Rangers’ Midlands Academy, before joining the Worcester Goalkeeping Academy on a permanent basis, enjoying the community feel and positive, progressive nature of this Academy and the enthusiastic, community and player development focused syllabus and focus.  

During this time I have earned my FA Outfield Level 2, FA Goalkeeping Level 2, UEFA B Goalkeeping Award and FA Talent Identification Awards. I am currently completing the FA Youth Award Level 3 and hope to complete the FA Psychology Level 5, Talent Identification Level 2 and UEFA B Outfield in the next coming years.


Producing quality players is no doubt important and, as coaches, we always look to see improvement on a continual level. However, this development into better players also translates to better individuals, both on and off the field. As such, I look for development across a variety of aspects; technical, physical, tactical, social and psychological. 

I believe that all players should have the opportunity to realise their dreams and aspirations, whether that is on or off the field, and I aim to provide a process for success, rather than the answers to success, as I believe that individuals learn more efficiently in this manner. As every child learns in different ways I aim to incorporate different methods of learning into the sessions, respecting individual differences and providing fun sessions, where players can develop and learn in fun, game realistic sessions and in a friendly, nurturing environment.

Updated: Worcester Goalkeeper Academy is back for a new term!

I hope you have had a great Summer break? And now raring to get back to goalkeeping?

Well we can satisfy your thirst for diving around catching footballs from this Friday!

The full list of dates from Friday are:

  • Week 1 : Friday 8th September 2017
  • Week 2 : Friday 15th September 2017
  • Week 3 : Friday 22nd September 2017
  • Break
  • Week 4 : Friday 6th October 2017
  • Week 5 : Friday 13th October 2017
  • Week 6 : Friday 20th October 2017
  • Week 7 : Friday 27th October 2017
  • Week 8 : Friday 3rd November 2017
  • Week 9 : Friday 10th November 2017
  • Week 10 : Friday 17th November 2017
  • Week 11 : Friday 24th November 2017
  • Week 12 : Friday 1st December 2017
  • Week 13 : Friday 8th December 2017
  • Week 14 : Friday 15th December 2017

We again start at 7:15 for a 1.5 hour session, and this time (coaches permitting) expect to have 4 coaching groups to help you / your keeper develop further.

Costs are the same as before:

  • £6 per session; or
  • Pay for a block of 7 sessions for £40; or
  • Pay for a block of all 14 sessions for £70

Come along and join in the fun!

For more information got yo our website.

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