Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Continued Development of the Academy

After months of planning, the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy is ready for it’s next phase of development.

The coaches at the Academy have been buzzing knowing that what we have been steadily building over the years, is starting to take shape into somewhat of a centre of excellence for Goalkeepers. A place that is rightfully starting to get the recognition it finally deserves.

With new coaches on board we have extended our skill set further, with the ability to provide the specialist coaching the ‘FA Four-Corner Model’ requires. They along with myself shall be adding future posts on some of these specific coaching areas, as well as their own experiences in guest blogs.

I look forward to posting you updates on how we get along in the coming months… Watch this space!

Please feel free to browse the Academy’s new website:

www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

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Angry bird spotting

Many of my blog posts have discussed the dead ball. With my daughter taking centre stage… Of her development from sometimes kicking the goal kicks well, to now kicking most of them well. This has come from hours of practice and her imagery script (see blogs: ‘Getting one over your doubters’ & ‘Psychology works!’).

So if she keeps practicing and adding accuracy to her kicks then should could be as good as these guys:

http://en.video.canoe.tv/video/comedy/sports-bloopers/88720339001/real-life-soccer-angry-birds/1202393157001

This video is awesome and went down a storm at the Academy, when we placed our cuddly toys (yes we are never too old for a toy) on top of the cross bar… Enjoy 😉

Psychology coaching works!

In my post on getting one over your doubters, I pointed to improvements made by my daughter thanks in part to the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy and the psychology coaching she received.

She like the other players was asked to do an imagery script. In that she had to write down a script of how she kicks a dead ball (goal kick), i.e. how she, places the ball, how many steps, to take, how fast the run up, how she kicks the ball (the technique), how she feels kicking a good one, how… etc. I was not sure how this was going to work myself until I saw it come to life out on the pitch…

She placed the ball just as she wanted, ensuring she took the right number of steps from the ball. Then she stopped, thought about what she was going to do and the ran and kicked a great dead ball… Wow

I think that writing it down and then following that routine, actually firmed it up in her mind.

She did know how to do it, but in the past in matches, she would not necessarily follow any sort of routine. Instead, just kicking the ball and seeing it go literally anywhere… She would often know immediately, what she had done wrong and then try and correct the next one (if her old manager was to give her that chance…).

So fast forward to now and in recent matches most kicks are great. Because she uses her script… Well most of the time – You actually can tell whether her kick will be good or not as you now notice when she isn’t following her script.

I have since coached this technique to her out field team mate, wanting help on her free kicks. With then getting them in return to teach their technique to another member of her team. It worked and brilliantly at that…

I am now definitely bought in to the concept of imagery scripts. David James (who has our admiration at the Academy) uses them. If you want to find out more check out this interview with David James from Sky Sports:

http://vimeo.com/m/13389676

Psychology coaching works!

In my post on getting one over your doubters, I pointed to improvements made by my daughter thanks in part to the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy and the psychology coaching she received.

She like the other players was asked to do an imagery script. In that she had to write down a script of how she kicks a dead ball (goal kick), i.e. how she, places the ball, how many steps, to take, how fast the run up, how she kicks the ball (the technique), how she feels kicking a good one, how… etc. I was not sure how this was going to work myself until I saw it come to life out on the pitch…

She placed the ball just as she wanted, ensuring she took the right number of steps from the ball. Then she stopped, thought about what she was going to do and the ran and kicked a great dead ball… Wow

I think that writing it down and then following that routine, actually firmed it up in her mind.

She did know how to do it, but in the past in matches, she would not necessarily follow any sort of routine. Instead, just kicking the ball and seeing it go literally anywhere… She would often know immediately, what she had done wrong and then try and correct the next one (if her old manager was to give her that chance…).

So fast forward to now and in recent matches most kicks are great. Because she uses her script… Well most of the time – You actually can tell whether her kick will be good or not as you now notice when she isn’t following her script.

I have since coached this technique to her out field team mate, wanting help on her free kicks. With then getting them in return to teach their technique to another member of her team. It worked and brilliantly at that…

I am now definitely bought in to the concept of imagery scripts. David James (who has our admiration at the Academy) uses them. If you want to find out more check out this interview with David James from Sky Sports:

http://vimeo.com/m/13389676

1v1 technique

Great short video explains and demonstrates 1v1 technique with Hope Solo coach of the USA women’s team:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhyEoc1Cah4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

How did I do in today’s match, Dad?

… “Not bad” I said to my Daughter… “Your handling needs improving but that maybe because you haven’t looked after your gloves this week… Still muddy from the last match…” {groan} “however last time we noticed you were having troubles on 1v1 so after training on it I was hopeful that we would see improvements for this…”

So during the match there was two incidents of 1v1, the first she didn’t stay strong and gave the advantage to the attacker (fortunately she got away with it). Then the second… She not only learnt from the first and put into practice her training with me, she produced a fantastic save too… “Very happy with that… Very happy indeed…” {proud dad}

Now to work on her handling – coaching it’s never ending! 😉

It’s a lottery – not just penalties… Getting recognition!

So the match between Brighton and Wrexham went to penalties, with one paper exclaiming that Craig Mackail-Smith spared Brighton’s blushes with the final penalty… Why did the striker get the plaudits? All the team scored in the shootout… Surely credit should have gone to Peter Brezovan with the first save – which was text book stuff as he won a Psychological battle with the penalty taker.

image from uk.eurosport.yahoo.com

Brighton were lucky yes… Lucky to have a decent keeper!

But what now for Brezovan, as Brighton have now signed international David Gonzalez?

Bird spotting

The Seagulls, whose team included Matt Sparrow beat the Robins 2-0. But the score line could have been even greater had it not been for David James’s superb ‘Flying Saves’.

The seagulls take on the Eagles at the end of the month – so who will end up higher in the pecking order? Can a seagull soar higher than an Eagle? Who will get in a flap? 😉

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/16453651.stm

Save us from relegation – no pressure

Iain Turner has been drafted in to help Dunfermline in their quest to avoid relegation. What a great acquisition for them as he will certainly do a good job for them.

However should they avoid or not avoid relegation this will not be done to just one man… I shall be watching eagerly to see how he and the team do. Best of luck Iain… No pressure 😉

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/16554185.stm

Hats off to Saddlers keeper as he prepares to make history

Jimmy Walker has made 529 appearances so far for Walsall and should he start on Saturday will make the record books. It would be well deserved too, for his loyalty and dedication to his club and his craft.

…And further to my previous blog, that in this article on the BBC, a nice bit of (appropriate) praise:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/16494243.stm

Congratulations and all the best, Jimmy!

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