Development of Goalkeepers and Coaching Styles, by Andy Morgan

In addition to giving an overview of experience and his own philosophy, Andy Morgan of the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy, provided further information on his views on development and coaching styles…

Development

Personally I promote Technical, Social and Physical Development, as they come as one big package:

  • Technically I want to help the goalkeepers to be the best technically they can be and usually that means using the ‘textbook’ way to save the ball, however if the goalkeeper has an unorthodox technique but is an effective goalkeeper, then I’m happy!
  • Socially I want them to be confident in their surrounding and be able to communicate well with us, the coaches and the other Goalkeepers. This is because this will transfer across to their own game days in which they will be required to communicate with their team.
  • Psychologically, such as encouraging Confidence, where a confident Goalkeeper will put confidence in your defence. That confidence in your defence, will lead to confidence in your midfield, and before you know it the whole team is feeling confident which can only be seen as a positive.
  • Physically, that at present you hear all the time about David De Gea and how he’s too weak for the ‘English game’. This just shows how physical our football is compared to other nationalities and relates to the importance of our Goalkeepers physical development. 

From the time the goalkeepers first attend the Academy to when they decide to leave; I hope they have improved in all of these areas.

Best Coaching styles?

With regards to developing goalkeepers and coaching style, there are so many different styles in which to coach and it all comes down to the type of goalkeepers you have at your disposal, depending on their age, ability and maturity, however I always look to see what ideas the goalkeepers have to develop their own learning and look to prevent me telling them what to do all the time. All styles have their purpose though so I feel deciding if it can be done better is a difficult question to answer.

www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

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Posted on Wed 07 March 2012, in Goalkeeper Coaching, Goalkeeper Development, Physical Development, Psychology, Social Development, Technical Development, Worcester Goalkeeper Academy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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