Guest Blog Article by Jon Barrington: Why is the unknown of goalkeeping, the dark side?

Adding to posts already provided about Psychology this week Jon Barrington, a Goalkeeper Coach at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy specialising in Psychology and Performance Analysis, provides his view on the subject…

Embrace… Experience and Gain the Edge

Ask yourself the question, why is it that the majority of the Goalkeeper training provided at youth level consists of either none or very little sport psychology? Could this be because of a lack of knowledge? A lack of interest? Or a lack of respect for it as a sub-discipline? Without it where is the opportunity for the goalkeeper to develop to their potential?

As a third year Sport and Exercise Psychology student the unknown of this topic and its lack of application in the majority of youth football is frustrating, as I have seen it working and improving Goalkeepers, first-hand at the Academy.

The unknown should not be kept at arms’ length and ignored but embraced and experienced in a manner which will facilitate the Goalkeepers’ development to the next level above their peers.

Whether you are a Goalkeeper or a parent reading this blog, my advice to you would be embrace and experience the benefits of Sport Psychology and let the Goalkeepers GAIN THE EDGE!!!

Thank you Jon.


Posted on Mon 13 February 2012, in Goalkeeper Coaching, Goalkeeper Development, Guest Blog Spot, Psychological Development, Psychology, Worcester Goalkeeper Academy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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