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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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New 2018 Goalkeeper Coaching Dates Added

A new Worcester Goalkeeper Academy term will start from the 26th January 2018. It will run for the following 14 weeks from 7:15pm to 8:45pm (1.5 hours):

  • Week 1 : Friday 26th January 2018
  • Break
  • Week 2 : Friday 9th February 2018
  • Week 3 : Friday 16th February 2018
  • Week 4 : Friday 23rd February 2018
  • Week 5 : Friday 2nd March 2018
  • Week 6 : Friday 9th March 2018
  • Week 7 : Friday 16th March 2018
  • Week 8 : Friday 23rd March 2018
  • Break
  • Week 9 : Friday 6th April 2018
  • Week 10: Friday 13th April 2018
  • Week 11 : Friday 20th April 2018
  • Week 12 : Friday 27th April 2018
  • Break
  • Week 13 : Friday 11th May 2018
  • Week 14 : Friday 18th May 2018

Check out the website for more details: www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

If you believe you can achieve – Jodie Whiteman, West Bromwich Albion Goalkeeper 

The Worcester Goalkeeper Academy have a history of developing Goalkeepers, often getting great feedback from parents, players and coaches. It’s our passion and to hear that we have helped makes us incredibly proud. 

So to find out that one of our Goalkeepers has gone on to become a World Cup winner made us ecstatic!

Here’s a short piece from one of our former keepers, Jodie Whiteman:

I started playing for Droitwich Spa Ravens Girls, not just in goal but in a mixture of positions. However during that season, I was picked to attend the Worcester PDC, where I started playing in goal permanently. It was there that I met head coach, Julia West, who suggested I also attend the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.

After 18 months at the Academy, I have gone from grassroots to playing for an RTC, West Brom. In addition after successful county trials in the 2016/17 season, I become the goalkeeper for Worcestershire.

In July 2017, I went with my U15 Worcestershire Team to the biggest world tournament for youth football, The Gothia World Cupin Sweden… and our team won the trophy!

I have achieved so much already and this shows that with determination and hard work you can get where you want. However I wouldn’t be the player I am today without the help of the Academy.

All the coaches at the Academy are nice and helpful. I would especially like to thank Julia (West) and Simon (Deam) for everything for me and my football in the last 18 months.

If you believe you can achieve – Jodie Whiteman, West Bromwich Albion Goalkeeper 


Updated: Worcester Goalkeeper Academy is back for a new term!

I hope you have had a great Summer break? And now raring to get back to goalkeeping?

Well we can satisfy your thirst for diving around catching footballs from this Friday!

The full list of dates from Friday are:

  • Week 1 : Friday 8th September 2017
  • Week 2 : Friday 15th September 2017
  • Week 3 : Friday 22nd September 2017
  • Break
  • Week 4 : Friday 6th October 2017
  • Week 5 : Friday 13th October 2017
  • Week 6 : Friday 20th October 2017
  • Week 7 : Friday 27th October 2017
  • Week 8 : Friday 3rd November 2017
  • Week 9 : Friday 10th November 2017
  • Week 10 : Friday 17th November 2017
  • Week 11 : Friday 24th November 2017
  • Week 12 : Friday 1st December 2017
  • Week 13 : Friday 8th December 2017
  • Week 14 : Friday 15th December 2017

We again start at 7:15 for a 1.5 hour session, and this time (coaches permitting) expect to have 4 coaching groups to help you / your keeper develop further.

Costs are the same as before:

  • £6 per session; or
  • Pay for a block of 7 sessions for £40; or
  • Pay for a block of all 14 sessions for £70

Come along and join in the fun!

For more information got yo our website.

Academy is now closed, but it will reopen 8th September 2017 for a new term!

The Worcester Goalkeeper Academy reopens it doors for a new term of dates from September…

New Autumn / Winter Term Dates
A new Goalkeeping term will start from the 8th September 2017. It will run for the following 14 weeks from 7:15pm to 8:45pm (1.5 hours):

  • Week 1 : Friday 8th September 2017
  • Week 2 : Friday 15th September 2017
  • Week 3 : Friday 22nd September 2017
  • Week 4 : Friday 29th September 2017
  • Week 5 : Friday 6th October 2017
  • Week 6 : Friday 13th October 2017
  • Week 7 : Friday 20th October 2017
  • Half Term
  • Week 8 : Friday 3rd November 2017
  • Week 9 : Friday 10th November 2017
  • Week 10 : Friday 17th November 2017
  • Week 11 : Friday 24th November 2017
  • Week 12 : Friday 1st December 2017
  • Week 13 : Friday 8th December 2017
  • Week 14 : Friday 15th December 2017

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 per session; or
  • Pay for a block of 7 sessions for £40; or
  • Pay for a block of all 14 sessions for £70

New Worcester Goalkeeper Academy summer training dates 

The Worcester Goalkeeper Academy reopens it doors for new Summer Training sessions.

These dates are for the following 3 weeks from 7:15pm to 8:15pm (1 hour):

  • Week 1 : Tuesday 27th June 2017
  • Week 2 : Tuesday 4th July 2017
  • Week 3 : Tuesday 11th July 2017

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:

  • £4 per session; or
  • Pay for all 3 sessions for £10

Worcester Goalkeeper Academy Awards 2017

After 2 terms of 28 weeks in total we have seen over 45 keepers come through our doors, all of which we have seen improve and develop as keepers. So tonight after the final session of the season we had our annual awards. All received the recognition they deserved, with afurther 6 special awards given to Star and Most Improved keepers for each category at the Academy.

The Most Improved Award went to the following keepers:

  • Noah Sayani
  • Matt Hatton 
  • Kyle Broderick

The Star Keeper Award is given to keepers with not just, talent, but with a willingness to learn and improve, as well as complete dedication. This season the award went to the following keeper:

  • Zak Watkins 
  • James Jaffrey 
  • Leia Carter

A big congratulations to all our winners and a big thank you too for all the keepers for thei efforts.

A big thank you too to our coaching staff this term, who have supported this Academy, offering their time for free and above all, for developing these keepers into the players they are. 

Worcester Goalkeeper Academy opens its doors to Senior Team Goalkeepers

We are  running some sessions now on the following evenings for Senior Team Goalkeepers:

  • 24th February 2017 
  • 10th March 2017 
  • 24th March 2017 
  • 28th April 2017 
  • 12th May 2017

It is a 1.5 hour session and start time will be 7:15 pm. Cost is £6 per session, payable on the night.

If you are interested please register with us or for further information please email: WebContact@worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

So after a long break, the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy is back and raring to go!

Last year was incredibly successful, with 42 keepers coming through our doors and now 10 coaches on our books (including level 2 qualified / developing and a returning coach with a lot of football club and Academy experience)!

And we are back again, for more success I’m sure!

The Worcester Goalkeeper Academy is back on this Friday 27th January 2017 at 7:15pm, with a new programme of coaching identified for the coming 14 weeks of coaching (don’t forget the 2 week gap for Easter – all dates are on the website).

… And the coaches have all responded too, meaning I can confirm we have a large amount of coverage for every week – Your keepers will be in good hands!

See you Friday!


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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