My daughter has come a very long way. From life’s twists and turns she has had to battle with that big foe, confidence. There have been times that have challenged her confidence, however one of the biggest things that has helped her continue to build confidence has been, that of being part of a team of girls who share the same passion as her, for playing football…
She first discovered football at first/primary school. However, on moving to Middle school, she found that at that time they did not promote girls football. She attended their after school training but this was for the boys and as the only girl there she found it difficult to settle in, which upset her. So, we found her a local team and this was the start of something good…
She was now part of a team of other like minded girls and from this confidence grew. It was within this team that she discovered her love of Goalkeeping, often filling in this position, when the Manager asked for volunteers. This became such a regular occurrence, that the Manager suggested that she attend Goalkeeper training…
From the moment she attended the Goalkeeper training, she was hooked. Through attending this and subsequently the Academy with a Head Coach (who as a female goalkeeper herself inspired My daughter!) and all the other many coaches at the Academy that have trained her/with her, she has improved her Goalkeeping skills further…
Her development this year has been superb, with opposing Managers commenting about her tremendous improvement, game to game, with one saying ‘she was the best in the league’…
… And last night, was my proudest moment, when she picked up the award for ‘Most Improved Player’. Well deserved indeed.
I would like to thank the following people who have helped my daughter on her development journey, to enable her to gain such great recognition:
To her former Manager, who introduced her to Goalkeeping.
To Bernie, a brilliant Goalkeeper coach and the person who inspired her the most, to develop her skill further in Goalkeeping. He has a great way with all ages of student and continues to help her develop at the Academy.
To her current Manager and former Assistant Manager (who I took over from), who allowed my daughter to make her own decisions in goal, that if she needed help in the early days with goal kicks say, that it was her choice. This has really been a big catalyst to her development. That combined with her new team mates who play as one team, laughing together and developing together. A team where everyone improved because they all worked together to help each other.
To the opposing Managers, as their comments along with our own observations were the reason she was picked out for this award.
And finally to the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy, a centre that she went to, because she wanted to be as good as the lady who set it up, Julia. Julia and all the other many volunteer coaches who turn up each week (including myself), have really honed in on the areas in most need of development and built on all aspects of her game. This included the biggest hurdle of all, confidence… as at the Academy they also looked at the psychological part of the training and this truly has developed, as my daughter is now more confident in not only Football, but also in life.
Well done indeed. Very proud 😉
Well after a long hard season it is awards night.
I have my fingers crossed tonight for my daughter. She has played tremendously well for her football team this season with many of the opposing managers praising her efforts…
She has been up against a lot of shots, which has only seen her grow and develop as a Goalkeeper. If she does win then it will be well deserved and if not I understand, as for me the whole team deserve an award for all their effort in the face of adversity – that is having a lack of players and playing against teams (or rather managers!!) who are happy to take advantage of this fact, for the win (not really looking at player development) – soap box moment over… Here’s to the team and here’s hoping for my daughter… Fingers crossed 😉
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.