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Goalkeeper Development Centre Spotlight: GAA Goalkeeping Coaching

GAA Goalkeeping Coaching

GAA Goalkeeping Coach was set up by Liam Swift in 2010 to provide quality Goalkeeping tuition and to specialise in excellence in goalkeeping. This position is sometimes neglected in the GAA community and Liam has set this up to help clubs/counties with this problem. The camps are held in Monaghan/Cavan and Louth and Liam is available throughout Ireland. Liam has also attended GAA Clubs in England and Scotland for GAA Goalkeeping Coaching.

GAA Goalkeeping Coaching Coach, Liam Swift

Liam offers specialist GAA Goalkeeping coaching for children and adults at all ages and experience levels. The camps are really just to give a young goalkeeper the chance to be coached professionally and in a safe and friendly environment.

Liam’s Qualifications include:

  • UEFA C / Level 2 GoalKeeping Licence
  • GAA Foundation
  • GAA Level 1
  • First Aid
  • Garda Vetted

GAA Goalkeeping Coaching Coach, Liam Swift coaching one of his student Goalkeepers

The approach at GAA Goalkeeping Coaching is fundamentally player centred. They believe that to improve as a keeper you must work to maximise the ability and potential of each keeper. Liam’s role as a Goalkeeping Coach is to facilitate and enhance that growth as much as possible, focusing on individual technique, physical and psychological needs. Appreciating that players are all very different and building on their key strengths and working on areas of weakness ultimately benefits the whole team and helps develop confidence, trust, respect and loyalty with the players.

To find out more please got to web site:

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Goalkeeper Development Centre Spotlight: Worcester Goalkeeper Academy

Worcester Goalkeeper Academy

“The Academy’s goal is to develop Goalkeepers and Goalkeeping standards through specialist Goalkeeper coaching that is committed to the continual improvement of Goalkeeper specific skills and abilities, using our large pool of qualified coaches, resources, knowledge and experience”.

Goalkeepers and Goalkeeper Coaches in training at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy

The Worcester Goalkeeper Academy was formed over 3 years ago as it was identified that even though the county had many Football Clubs and Football Coaching Centres training young footballers the skills and techniques of football, there was very little coaching offerings for Goalkeepers.

Since it first opened it’s doors, it has grown and developed. Growing in numbers of not only Goalkeepers but also Goalkeeper Coaches, as the Academy is now recognised as a Centre for the development of Goalkeepers and Goalkeeper Coaches.

It now coaches all ages of Goalkeepers, and not just the younger Goalkeepers, as they have also had senior team players attend the  Academy looking to get some extra coaching as they either look to develop themselves further or assist them with breaking into the first team as the number 1 Goalkeeper.

Bernard Day, Senior Goalkeeper Coach, coaching one of Worcester Goalkeeper Academy's young aspiring Goalkeepers

Goalkeepers participate in weekly goalkeeper specific fitness sessions; lots of technique coaching through drills and keeper games and will also have opportunities to discuss and analyse their own performances for improvement. Coaching sessions may not always focus on specific Goalkeeper skills but will be designed to enable opportunities for development of the fundamental skills (following the FA ‘Four-Corner Model’):

  • Technical, including Movement, Agility, Balance and Control;
  • Physical and Fitness;
  • Psychological and Confidence; and
  • Social.

Coaching Staff

With Goalkeeper numbers increasing it is fortunate that the Academy also attracts increasing numbers of coaching staff. Compared to other Coaching Centres, the Academy has a good ratio of Coaches to Goalkeepers, which allows the Goalkeepers to obtain much more focused Goalkeeper Coaching, assisting further in their increased development.

Coaches have achieved level 1 to level 3 FA coaching qualifications, are CRB checked and hold First Aid and Safeguarding Certificates.

Russell Pinfield, Goalkeeper Coach at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy working with one of their young Goalkeepers

Of these coaches there is a mixture of coaches from grassroots coaches, former Academy players, to coaches from Senior Football Clubs (including Premiership, Championship and International level experience). With such a good mixture of coaches, means that there is experience of working with beginners through to the elite keepers, meaning that coaching can be tailored to suit and assist with each level of development. In addition, as stated previously, with such senior levels of experience means that the Centre can not only develop Goalkeepers but the coaches too, increasing coaching quality.

To find out more please got to web site:

Worcester Goalkeeper Academy

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