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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

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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!

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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    Club Wanted: 8 year old Goalkeeper needs a club in the Worcester area

    On friday at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy, one of our student Goalkeepers, asked us if we could help him find a club to put all his training into practice…

    This 8 year-old Goalkeeper, has recently joined us and just loves playing in goal. He is someone already with the right mental attitude, bravery and basic skills that would benefit any football team. The Academy and his parents agree that he would develop further if he was to be playing regularly for a local (Worcestershire) team.

    If you are currently looking for a Goalkeeper and can offer him a place, then please can you contact the Worcestershire goalkeeper academy via: http://www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com/contact.html

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    Hero to Villain

    With Tomasz Kuszczak sidelined for Brighton and Hove Albion, Casper Ankergren took his chance to shine between the sticks, keeping out shot after shot by Nottingham Forest. After 90 minutes of superb goalkeeping and all set to win the Man-of-the-Match, it took just 1 minute of injury time to undo the great work by Casper Ankergren. A seemingly tame shot went through both the hands and legs of Casper and into the back of the net meaning 2 points lost by Brighton and Hove Albion.

    You have to feel sorry for Casper, but he is not alone, I have witnessed this a number of times at Senior level and down through to grass roots level. The effect is always the same, the Goalkeeper provides a match winning performance and within seconds of being the Hero, to then almost becoming the villain as it is then that this one mistake is the one part of the match that they all remember at the end. The superb display before that seems to pale into insignificance and gone is any match award.

    Fortunately though not all Managers and Coaches in the game end up blaming the goalkeeper for one single mistake, so you have to hand it to the Brighton and Hove Albion Manager, Gus Poyet as he not only sympathised with the Goalkeeper, but also summed up the life of any Goalkeeper brilliantly:

    “When you are a keeper you pay the price and Casper has done that today. He was having a very, very good game, making two or three good saves, coming for crosses and kicking very well. In training he will save a 1,000 shots like that but we wanted him to save it today…

    …Goalkeeper is a terrible position to play but we lose together and we win together – at least we got a point.”

    Adios to Barcelona for Valdes…

    I have grown up supporting a team I watched as a young boy and that support has never wavered through both the good and bad times of football, I have been there through thick and thin. However even though I am an avid supporter of my club I do look out for the results of certain other teams, whether that be because I have friends or relatives who support them, or in the case of Barcelona, because of the number of great holidays to this beautiful part of the world, almost making Barcelona feel like a second home. That coupled with my good understanding of the Spanish language allowing me to read a good chunk of the words in the Spanish press, especially my favourite paper the Sport (This is not in any way the same as the UK boob filled newspaper, this is actually about sport!) allows me to follow Barcelona in more ways than one. Not just from reading the papers whilst on holiday, but also through their App and Facebook site, meaning I am flooded with information on the team, giving me yet more reasons to practice my Spanish  whilst reading about the latest rumours in the Barcelona camp.

    When it comes to rumours, often the Sport out-trumps our press. They called it right on the transfers of Thierry Henry, David Villa and most recently Alex Song from Arsenal. So as a fan of Goalkeeping a number of stories recently have really caught my eye… That Victor Valdes is not looking to renew his contract with Barcelona when it expires in 1.5 years.

    The UK press are all over this story too, already throwing names in the frame as their own potential ‘Exclusives’. With one rumour being that Liverpool and Barcelona could be looking to do a swap for Spain’s 2nd choice goalkeeper, Valdes, for Spain’s 3rd choice keeper, Pepe Reina. Which would make sense as Reina was a former Barcelona scholar and would probably like a return. However, when you read the Spanish press there is a different name being touted, one which make’s more sense, Thibaut Courtois.

    Courtois, is someone Barcelona have been able to see up close, from his time on loan from Chelsea in La Liga at Atletico Madrid. Seeing Courtois in very impressive form… Last season (2011-2012) saw him keep 23 clean sheets 52 appearances for Atletico Madrid and this season (2012-2013) to date he has kept 14 clean sheets in 24 games! No wonder  he appears to have caught their eye, and no wonder why Chelsea want to hold contract talks with him… However, even though this impressive form ought to see him get more first team appearances with his current employer on his return from loan, there is the issue of the also impressive Petr Cech being in his way. With Cech as the first choice keeper, would Courtois really be happy as  the second choice, when this Summer he could be guaranteed first team action? All of which means there is a lot more to this rumour than just paper talk…

    It will be a shame for Barcelona to lose Valdes, who according to the Sport will be sold in the Summer. He has been such a great Goalkeeper for them over the many years as their number 1. Indeed, he has had his low points, his critics and dropped the odd clanger, but which keeper hasn’t (including those at the highest level). His stats over the years show that he deserves the praise and recognition he is getting. Most notably his best form was in 2007, when he entered the Barcelona record books after not conceding a goal for 466 minutes, followed by winning the best goalkeeper in Spain in the 2008-2009 season beating the Spanish 1st Choice Goalkeeper Iker Casillas – some feat. It is part of the reason why Barcelona will remain fond of him. I wish him well and perhaps maybe… he will decide to come to the Premiership. If so then I for one can’t wait to see him in action! 😉

    Goalkeepingit real – 2012 in review

    The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

    Here’s an excerpt:

    600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.

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