Category Archives: Worcester Goalkeeper Academy Coaches
I have played as a goalkeeper since the age of eight, enjoying all of the aspects which this position encompasses (mental strength, good communication and leadership, football intelligence, physical strength, agility and stamina and quick reflexes). After a knee injury in my late teens, I switched my allegiance to football coaching, earning the FA Outfield Level 1, FA Goalkeeping Level 1, and FA Youth Modules 1 & 2 by the age of 18 and coached children aged 5-14 at a local club.
After completing my psychology degree at University I spent a year coaching at the largest football academy in the South Island of New Zealand, working with similar aged children and internationally qualified coaches, ranging from South American, Australian, South African, Bulgarian and New Zealand. On my return home I decided to focus exclusively on goalkeeping coaching. From this, I completed placements at the Wolverhampton Wanderers Regional Talent Centre and the Queen’s Park Rangers’ Midlands Academy, before joining the Worcester Goalkeeping Academy on a permanent basis, enjoying the community feel and positive, progressive nature of this Academy and the enthusiastic, community and player development focused syllabus and focus.
During this time I have earned my FA Outfield Level 2, FA Goalkeeping Level 2, UEFA B Goalkeeping Award and FA Talent Identification Awards. I am currently completing the FA Youth Award Level 3 and hope to complete the FA Psychology Level 5, Talent Identification Level 2 and UEFA B Outfield in the next coming years.
Producing quality players is no doubt important and, as coaches, we always look to see improvement on a continual level. However, this development into better players also translates to better individuals, both on and off the field. As such, I look for development across a variety of aspects; technical, physical, tactical, social and psychological.
I believe that all players should have the opportunity to realise their dreams and aspirations, whether that is on or off the field, and I aim to provide a process for success, rather than the answers to success, as I believe that individuals learn more efficiently in this manner. As every child learns in different ways I aim to incorporate different methods of learning into the sessions, respecting individual differences and providing fun sessions, where players can develop and learn in fun, game realistic sessions and in a friendly, nurturing environment.
Andy Taylor, Senior Goalkeeper Coach at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.
Qualified as a Level 2 Football and Goalkeeping coach, with a National Diploma in sport (Performance and Excellence) and a Higher Sports Leaders Award. Currently working towards a (BSc) Degree in Sports Coaching Science.
Has been a Goalkeeper for 11 years with the experience of being coached by professional goalkeeper coaches for 7 years at Evesham United and Pershore Town.
Has been coaching Football and Goalkeeping for the last 5 years with Littleton FC, Pershore College, Worcester Goalkeeper Academy and Nutz4Soccer Schools.
To improve and develop Goalkeepers performance through the teaching of correct techniques from an early age and by using match related situations or Teaching Games for Understanding.
I think it is important to use Guided discovery to aid Goalkeepers to come up with their own solutions,.This is to develop thinking Goalkeepers, who can make their own decisions.
His main aim is to deliver fun and quick tempo sessions so the young goalkeepers will be motivated to learn, enjoy the experience and want to return to the Academy for more coaching.
Nathan Keast, Goalkeeper Coach at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.
Qualified as a Level 1 Football and Goalkeeping coach. With additional qualifications in other sporting disciplines.
Currently in the final year at the University of Worcester reading Sports Coaching Science.
Nathan says that ever since he came to the University of Worcester, he has wanted to develop his coaching skills in order to become a more rounded teacher.
He has managed to get a wide base of coaching qualifications from football to tennis and lacrosse to rugby which not only gives him transferable coaching skills, but allows him to offer something extra to the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.
Through working within the Academy his confidence has grown and from working with the other qualified coaches has helped him tremendously, continuing his development, to become a more knowledgeable coach.
“When working with children, fun is fundamental. Make all activities fun and enjoyable to instill confidence and willingness in the child to play. Making sure to coach correct technique in order for future success.”
As the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy starts back on Friday, I thought it about time to highlight some more of their many Goalkeeper coaches… We start with one of their newer coaches, who is developing into a fine coach (as the Academy is not just about developing players, but coaches too).
Luke Shearing, Goalkeeper Coach at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.
Has played as a goalkeeper for 14 years and so have experienced both the good and bad side to coaching.
Played in goal for a team in the top division of Under 18’s Football in Bristol.
Level 2 Sports Leader gives the qualities needed to coach a wide range of activities to all ages.
Started coaching whilst at Secondary school as he wanted to help the next generation of athletes progress to the next level.
Currently undertaking my FA Level 2 football coaching course to advance his knowledge of the game.
Currently in the first year of a Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science degree at the Worcester University.
To coach Goalkeepers in an enjoyable learning environment, where the Goalkeepers can advance their knowledge and skills within the art of Goalkeeping.
“My aim is to progress the Goalkeepers ability at the academy as well as to advance my skills as a coach so I can become a better coach in the future.”
Luke also writes his own blog detailing his coaching experiences at the Academy. Go check it out at http://allgoalkeepersarecrazy.blogspot.co.uk/
Richard Mace, Goalkeeper Coach and specialist coach for Psychology and Perfomance Analysis at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.
Qualified to Level 1 Football coach and in the final year of a degree in Sports Psychology.
A former player for the Wolverhampton Wanderers Academy, Cambridge United and Worcester City.
A highly experienced coach, who has coached for Cambridge United in their Community and at Centre of Excellence coaching schemes.
A Goalkeeper with quick feet is hard to beat.
Much Practice can make perfect as can the use of imagery scripts: “Changing a technique without touching a football, it’s certainly possible”.
Russell Pinfield, Goalkeeper Coach at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.
Qualified as a Level 1 Football and Goalkeeping coach.
Coaching Goalkeepers and Outfield players for 3 years at Local level with his son’s football team, to provide support to him, his team mates and the management team.
Main interest is Goalkeeping and why Russell jumped at the chance to coach at the Academy.
Training should be fun. It shouldn’t be regimented or too serious, as it loses it’s appeal to the younger members.
Sometimes teaching and showing the correct way to do things doesn’t always mean that the Goalkeeper understand what needs to improve/change. It is therefore important to encourage the Goalkeepers to self analyse. That working things out for themselves with the odd little pointer from the coach, is a better learning environment for student Goalkeepers.
All Russel wishes to achieve is an improvement in Goalkeepers in any way he can.
Bernard Day, Senior Goalkeeper Coach at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.
Qualified to UEFA B And FA B Football and Goalkeeping coach.
A highly experienced coach, who was a professional Goalkeeper.
Provided coaching for many professional clubs such as Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Newcastle United, Manchester City, Walsall, and Hereford United. As well as coaching for schools and community coaching schemes.
Having worked and played with some of this countries best talent understands that coaching needs to be relevant to the player, the situation and today’s game.
Bernard’s aim therefore is to coach Goalkeepers the right way of doing things. Where his philosophy is simply to help Goalkeepers keep the ball out of the back of the net!
Stuart Andrew, Goalkeeper and Fitness Coach at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.
Qualified as a Level 2 Football coach, with a (BSc) Degree in Sports Coaching Science and sporting qualifications in other disciplines.
Previously played as a Goalkeeper at Academy Level.
A highly experienced coach and now currently the coach at the Worcester University Ladies Football Team.
Behind every good player is a good coach.
By allowing athlete’s to express themselves and find their own technique a coach can allow them to discover the easiest, most natural way of completing a skill to best of their ability.
Having played to an academy level myself, I can pass on my own experiences and knowledge to try and improve the athlete’s raw ability and talent. More often than not, you have to let the athlete discover their own way of overcoming a hurdle!
Andy Morgan, Senior Goalkeeper Coach at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.
Qualified as a Level 2 Football and Goalkeeping coach, with FA youth Award and is currently working towards a (BSc) Degree in Sports Coaching Science and Physical Education.
Got into goalkeeping by accident. Started off as a left back/ left winger however during an u10s game he went in goal and never looked back. Having, 9 years of playing experience with Worcester City Youth, Cheltenham Town and Birmingham County u18s.
Started coaching at local football holiday camps, and has now been coaching for 4 years, within schools and for 18 months at the Academy.
Within Andy’s own personal development, he is always looking to better his coaching ability and reduce the amount of time in which he talks to allow the Goalkeepers to have more time developing their skills and enhancing their own ability to learn.
Performance analysis is important. How even the slightest movement, like squaring up the hips more or keeping the head still will improve the Goalkeeper’s performance. However, aside from that, it’s all about fun, making sure the Goalkeepers have a good time and want to come every week to learn something new and with that, leave every session feeling they’ve been successful.
Making sure the Goalkeepers are having fun tops the list for me! If the Goalkeepers are having fun they will keep coming back and will be eager to learn. Put them in a boring environment and you’ll never see them develop, as they won’t be interested, however the professionalism always needs to be present.