After 6 weeks as the lead coach for two different groups of Goalkeepers, it was time for me to be the helper and work with another coach to further my development…
What an experience though for my development, as I was put with not just one coach, but two, from the Aston Villa and Leicester City Goalkeeper Academies… Two of the best.
My biggest strength is that I am great at working with the young and least experienced Goalkeepers. Working on the basics and fine tuning their basic skills to take them to the next level.
Over time, I too have developed, and I can now create sessions at a higher level, although due to lack of experience there is only so much I can do. And at the highest level, even though I could probably produce a good practice session, I would tend to struggle for a second session or if it was deduced that they needed pushing further…
I watched exercises similar to those that I am now doing but at a higher level, from warm up, technique honing and then to simulated game exercises… Absolutely brilliant to be involved with!
That is why working at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy is not just great for aspiring Goalkeepers, but also aspiring Goalkeeper coaches. Working with other more experienced coaches has helped me see and learn how they work with student keepers, keeping them engaged, pushing their learning/understanding and improving them.
I have a few more weeks with these coaches, so I am looking forward to learning more and then I shall look forward to leading again with a new understanding and start putting what I have learnt into practice with other student Goalkeepers to develop them even further… As to me there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a player develop through your teachings as coach! 😉
Simon Deam, Goalkeeper Coach and Quality Manager at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy
Level 1 Goalkeeping coach. With additional academic qualifications that assist in improving/increasing quality, communication skills and academy development.
Passionate about Goalkeeping, previously playing as a 5-a-side goalkeeper.
Now coaching at the Academy as well as at Local level with his daughter’s football team, to provide support to her, her team mates and the management team in the areas of defence and Goalkeeping.
It is important that quality exists. In that coaches should always strive for continual improvement. Continually developing and improving their knowledge and abilities as a coach, their players and of the centre(s) at which they coach. Any such betterment of coaching will ultimately produce observed improvements, thus providing a quality output from their coaching.
It is also important to strive to provide controlled realistic situation coaching. Always ‘Keeping it Real’ and above all keeping it fun.
Technical Development is the biggest area of the Development process as it incorporates the needs of Handling and Kicking, together with Diving, Positioning, Distribution and Dealing with different types of shot at or across goal.
Technical assessment of all areas of Technical Development include:
Throwing – Left and Right Hand, Distance and Accuracy; and
Kicking – From Hands or Dead ball – Left and Right Foot, Distance and Accuracy.
Diving and Handling:
At Feet, to the Left and to the Right;
High and Low Diving Saves; and
Collapse and Smother.
Back Pass, Corners, Set Pieces and Dribbling (Dribble and Drive).
Assessments of these could include the other aspects of development: Physical (Stamina, Speed and Agility), Psychological (Confidence, Decisions and Reactions) or Social (Team work, Communication and Coach-ability).