Taking Goalkeeper coaching to the next level: Using the Batak Pro at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy to improve reactions

At the Academy we always had a Plan B if we we were caught out by the weather. A plan that included work indoors on balance and reactions. To date we have not been too unlucky with the weather and as such Julia’s Plan B wasn’t used. However, after Julia observed the improvements of one of our keepers by using the Batak wall in the lab at the University, part of Plan B was rolled out last night.

We try to Instil better technique in our keepers, but in a fun environment and the Batak is one of those tools that even though a fun exercise actually helps promote better reactions and vision.

If you are unaware of what the Batak is, check out this link to see Pepe Reina attempt it:


One of our keepers got a score of 77 in 60 seconds, putting Pepe Reina to shame. By the way, Pepe if you read this, you are welcome to come to the Academy and take on Will 😉

After this session we went back out on the Astro and did some shot stopping… Had they improved and did they react better? Most definitely!

It’s no surprise then that we are now planning to use the Batak more often!

Well done keepers 😉

Goalkeepers are you looking to improve your technique with Goalkeeper specific training? Come along and join us at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy 7:00pm Friday nights on the Worcester University 3G AstroTurf.

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Posted on Sat 08 November 2014, in Goalkeeper Development, Technical Development, Worcester Goalkeeper Academy and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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