Congratulations to our coach…

I have just heard, that Worcester Goalkeeper Academy coach, Darren Mace, has just passed his FA Level 2 Goalkeeper Coaching course. Please join me in sending him massive congratulations!

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Worcester Goalkeeper Academy reopens this Friday 2nd September 2016

Our 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 a large pool of qualified coaches, resources, knowledge and experience.
It is the centre for the development of all keepers, of all ages and abilities, as it has a number of coaches available to develop any keeper. There are no restrictions, as all keepers who come to us have the ability to develop. Come and check us out…

The Worcester Goalkeeper Academy reopens it doors Friday 2nd September 2016.

We start now at 7:15pm to finish 8:45pm.

The below are the dates for your diary for all sessions this side of the New year:

  • Week 1 – 2nd September 2016
  • Week 2 – 9th September 2016
  • Week 3 – 16th September 2016
  • Week 4 – 23rd September 2016
  • Week 5 – 30th September 2016
  • Week 6 – 7th October 2016
  • Week 7 – 14th October 2016
  • Half Term
  • Week 8 – 4th November 2016
  • Week 9 – 11th November 2016
  • Week 10 – 18th November 2016
  • Week 11 – 25th November 2016
  • Week 12 – 2nd December 2016
  • Week 13 – 9th December 2016
  • Week 14 – 16th December 2016

As this is a not for profit Academy, we rely solely on funding. To assist with this funding, Goalkeepers shall be expected to pay for their coaching in the form of a membership fee:

  • £6.00 per session; or
  • Pay for a block of 7 sessions for £40.00; or
  • Pay for a block of all 14 sessions for £70.

To register your keeper with us or for further information please email WebContact@worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

The Worcester Goalkeeper Academy goes from strength to strength. 

What a great night last Friday…

Since we achieved our accreditation with the FA, we have gone from strength to strength, not only attracting more keepers every week, but also more coaches too.

We had our awards after the final session of the season, with 21 of the keepers on our books now. They all received a medal for their efforts, with congratulations and applause for all from coaches, parents and the other keepers. 

Not forgetting those that were unable to attend, congratulations to those keepers too!

We had 4 additional awards, 2 each in the older and younger category. Congratulations to:

  • Jodie Whiteman – Star Keeper
  • William Hemming – Star Keeper
  • Callum Weaver – Most Improved
  • Olivia Rooke – Most Improved


    So that brings the Academy to a close this season, however we will reopen again on the 2nd September 2016!

    Although if you can’t wait that long…

    If you want some more goalkeeper training over the Summer, the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy coaches will be putting on Goalkeeper specific sessions that your keepers can attend at the WCT Raiders Football Academy on the 3G at the KGV (King George V Community Centre), Ash Avenue, Worcester WR4 9TL. The dates for these sessions will be:

    • 21st May 2016
    • 18th June 2016
    • 23rd July 2016
    • 20th August 2016

    The Football Academy there is on from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and they charge £2 for the hour. The keepers are welcome on other Saturdays if they want to come and get involved in the outfield training sessions too, it may help on other skills, as footwork and understanding the outfield play are also useful to a goalkeeper.

    So may be see you Saturday’s… Otherwise see you in September 😉

    Worcester Goalkeeper Academy receives Accreditation from the Worcestershire FA

    Recognition of our abilities was one of our key goals, so we are extremely proud to announce, that the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy has received Accreditation for its coaching from the Worcester FA.

    A massive thank you must go to all the coaches at the Academy and also those of the past, who have helped build it into a centre of excellence for Goalkeepers and Goalkeeper Coaches.

    To find out more about the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy, visit the web site.

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    Worcester Goalkeeper Academy is back : Friday 22nd January 2016 

    Happy New Year!Hope you all had a great festive break.

    Well this Friday sees us back at the Academy for another 14 weeks (with 2 weeks Easter Break): Week 1 22/01/16 to Week 9 18/03/16 and Week 10 08/04/16 to Week 14 06/05/16. 

    The plan Week 1 as always is to start on the basics and then build on these week by week, with not just technical sessions, but lots of other fun activities and games to also build on this learning.

    We will be on the 3G Astro of the Worcester University from 7pm to 8:30pm and we are open to all keepers, of all ages, genders and abilities.

    Cost is £6 per week, but please check out the website, http://www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com, as there are discounts for paying for a block of weeks.

    See you then 😉

    Merry Christmas – see you in the New year

    Our final session of 2015, as usual was just fund and games for Christmas, with a few goodies for the kids… Which they deserved for all their efforts.

    We have seen all our keepers improve, with some great feedback from the parents, that they have taken our teachings and impressed on match day.

    The Worcester Goalkeeper Academy has now closed for Christmas, but will reopen again to continue to develop goalkeepers in the new year, on the 22nd January 2016 at 7pm.

    The Academy is the centre for the development of all keepers, of all ages and abilities, as it has a number of coaches available to develop any keeper. There are no restrictions, as all keepers who come to us have the ability to develop. 

    For more information please go to www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

    Worcester Goalkeeping Academy – Set The Bar Higher

    Worcester Goalkeeper Academy reopens 11th September 2015 7pm

    The Worcester Goalkeeper Academy reopens its doors again for the new season this Friday 11th September 7pm to 8:30pm, ready to invite our current keepers and also some new faces.

    If you are an aspiring goalkeeper, come along and develop your skills.

    The Academy is the centre for the development of all keepers, of all ages and abilities, as it has a number of coaches available to develop any keeper. There are no restrictions, as all keepers who come to us have the ability to develop. 

    For more information please go to www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

    Worcester Goalkeeping Academy – Set The Bar Higher

    For footballs sake, please can footballing academies give kids a chance?

    Again, I find out that yet another young prospect has been released by a football academy, as they do not fit their ‘perfect’ criteria… I am not talking goalkeeping ability or skill, as this keeper has so much potential… Again it was because they were not tall enough! 

    Now you may have views that a goalkeeper is better taller as they fill the goal more, especially with the dimensions of an adult goal. However let’s not forget that there have been some exceptional goalkeepers of varying heights.  Besides if you are not the tallest then you work on your agility to get to those higher balls… Similarly taller goalkeepers may tend to work on their agility to dive for lower balls.

    My biggest gripe on this, though, is that this keeper is not an adult and is only a junior with another 8 or so years to develop! Are academies really that narrow minded to not see the potential of the keeper?

    I have heard many stories where academies have their mould for the perfect footballer. With then finding that they ripped this mould apart when an exceptional talent comes on the scene that goes completely against there ‘perfect’ ethos. If they hadn’t of done, would we have seen the likes of Messi?

    This is actually completely against what the FA are trying to promote. As there should be equal opportunities for all. This is something we follow at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy. My biggest hope, is that these other academies follow this model. After all:

    • What if a player then fulfills this potential, do you think they would ever consider signing for this club in the future? 
    • Perhaps, being treated this way, could this football talent, be walking away from competitive football for good, with football losing a future star player? 

    Fortunately the keeper I mentioned, is still working with us, so the latter question is being taken care of. However this is not always the case. So I send this heart felt message to all football academies: For footballs sake, please can you give kids a chance?

    The difference in Keeper training – part 4

    I recently got involved in a discussion with Twitter follower, @GKTed, with regards to this England Keepers training video on reaction saves: http://fb.me/7yEdBH7hz

    This shows a great exercise with handling, going into low diving saves one after the other. However again, if we are to use this video to inspire us to coach keepers, we need to ensure the exercise is right for their age and ability. 

    Unfortunately at times this video shows the keepers diving, landing with their elbows under their body, which is something at the Academy, we (and Bernie also used to) watch out for, to correct, as keepers landing like this could lead to broken ribs… Which I have seen happen.

    As pointed out by @GKTed, these are keepers at the peak of their fitness and with their agility, such injuries would be less. Furthermore, in such circumstances of multiple reactions, you could end up with situations like this, however we must remember to coach the younger keepers always with the best technique in mind, so that they do protect themselves from injury. Better fitness and agility to cope with issues from faster reactions will come with time.

    Goalkeeper Warm Up

    As part of of session plans, we always ensure that every week at the Academy we have a proper warm up session. However, we find that dynamic stretching exercises seem to work better (particularly with the young keepers) than the static exercises. With this in mind I started looking for inspiration on how we could vary this warm up for different weeks. Then I found this video clip, which helped me design a warm up exercise, in line with the theme for the night, ‘types of catches – back to basics’.

    Have a watch and see what exercises you could dream up.

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