No nothing to do with Monty Python… But the last 2 weeks at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.
Week 14 was all about movement, with Terry Hughes (www.sportdancer.co.uk). No Goalkeeper diving drills this week, just lots of fun exercises, to get the Goalkeepers think about how they can move more efficiently as a Goalkeeper, so that they may quickly react and get to a ball quicker. With athletic exercises that really made you work, working muscles you didn’t know you had. One parent commented that night that it didn’t look like we did that much and then the following week fedback to me that his lad knew he had had a good work out the night before, as his muscles were aching the next day! It just goes to show that normally, our goalkeeper exercises promote development of technique and the exercise we do, even though exerting, may only exercise a proportion of the muscles of the human body. Even through fitness workouts and SAQ, we may not cover all. So this week’s exercise was a real eye-opener of other exercises that we can incorporate, to promote further development of our Goalkeepers, allowing us Coaches to harness new techniques to give the Goalkeepers that added advantage, promoting better agility, speed and movement. Making Goalkeepers better athletes.
So after a week of exercise, it was time in Week 15 for a bit of fun, led by our Senior Goalkeeper Coach, Bernard Day. This week had a Christmas theme and although it seemed to the Goalkeeper as a bit of fun and games it actually promoted good technique, with games to promote handling and diving at feet. Oh yes and with matches with team in the lead wearing the Santa hats… The lead changed so many times, so the opposing teams had many occasions to keep pinching the hats of the opposition… Much to the delight of my two girls, who made sure that they pinched the hat of their Sister at the earliest opportunity – sibling rivalry at it’s best.
So 2 weeks of fun… but in essence 2 weeks we still found ways to develop the Goalkeepers further. Let’s face it, it is far easier to learn something if you are having fun and of course it puts a smile on not only the Goalkeeper’s faces, but us Coaches too! No Bah Humbugs here! 😉
Physical Development is not just about Fitness as it also incorporates the other Physical needs of a Goalkeeper to prepare them physically for a game including:
Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ or ‘Fast-Feet’);
Physical Development can be Assessed in stand alone exercises or whilst performing Technical practical sessions and assessments (as previously discussed in this blog).
However Physical Development must also include those important areas sometimes overlooked or neglected:
Warm up and Cool Down; and
- Health and Well-Being (including prevention and treatment of injuries).