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!

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Posted on Tue 22 May 2018, in Worcester Goalkeeper Academy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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