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Final call to vote in the Goalkeeper Development Poll

The Goalkeeper Development Poll is still open.

After a number of votes already cast Psychology and Technique are the early leaders… Is this what you think is important in developing goalkeepers? What about their Social and Physical Development too? Or if you are stuck on which you think is more important and that it is all 4, then how much time must we as coaches focus on each?

Let me know what you think and if you wish to write an article for the blog on any of these aspects and how you coach for them, please add a comment and your email address.

Thank you

Si 😉

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Goalkeeper Development Poll

A number of blog posts on this blog and the coaching techniques used at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy, focus on Goalkeeper Development, however even though all four of the ‘FA four corner model’ development types are coached on, I have never really asked the question to my followers of what they think. All types are important in their own way, but there must be one that my followers think is more prominent, the one that perhaps us coaches should focus more on…. So what do you think, time for a poll:

Of which of the following Goalkeeper Development types do you think is the most important in developing Goalkeepers?

If possible please can you leave your comments as to why.

If you need further information on each of these types please refer to previous posts:

Thank you

Si 😉

Goalkeeper Development Centre Spotlight: Worcester Goalkeeper Academy

Worcester Goalkeeper Academy

“The Academy’s 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 our large pool of qualified coaches, resources, knowledge and experience”.

Goalkeepers and Goalkeeper Coaches in training at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy

The Worcester Goalkeeper Academy was formed over 3 years ago as it was identified that even though the county had many Football Clubs and Football Coaching Centres training young footballers the skills and techniques of football, there was very little coaching offerings for Goalkeepers.

Since it first opened it’s doors, it has grown and developed. Growing in numbers of not only Goalkeepers but also Goalkeeper Coaches, as the Academy is now recognised as a Centre for the development of Goalkeepers and Goalkeeper Coaches.

It now coaches all ages of Goalkeepers, and not just the younger Goalkeepers, as they have also had senior team players attend the  Academy looking to get some extra coaching as they either look to develop themselves further or assist them with breaking into the first team as the number 1 Goalkeeper.

Bernard Day, Senior Goalkeeper Coach, coaching one of Worcester Goalkeeper Academy's young aspiring Goalkeepers

Goalkeepers participate in weekly goalkeeper specific fitness sessions; lots of technique coaching through drills and keeper games and will also have opportunities to discuss and analyse their own performances for improvement. Coaching sessions may not always focus on specific Goalkeeper skills but will be designed to enable opportunities for development of the fundamental skills (following the FA ‘Four-Corner Model’):

  • Technical, including Movement, Agility, Balance and Control;
  • Physical and Fitness;
  • Psychological and Confidence; and
  • Social.

Coaching Staff

With Goalkeeper numbers increasing it is fortunate that the Academy also attracts increasing numbers of coaching staff. Compared to other Coaching Centres, the Academy has a good ratio of Coaches to Goalkeepers, which allows the Goalkeepers to obtain much more focused Goalkeeper Coaching, assisting further in their increased development.

Coaches have achieved level 1 to level 3 FA coaching qualifications, are CRB checked and hold First Aid and Safeguarding Certificates.

Russell Pinfield, Goalkeeper Coach at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy working with one of their young Goalkeepers

Of these coaches there is a mixture of coaches from grassroots coaches, former Academy players, to coaches from Senior Football Clubs (including Premiership, Championship and International level experience). With such a good mixture of coaches, means that there is experience of working with beginners through to the elite keepers, meaning that coaching can be tailored to suit and assist with each level of development. In addition, as stated previously, with such senior levels of experience means that the Centre can not only develop Goalkeepers but the coaches too, increasing coaching quality.

To find out more please got to web site: http://www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

Worcester Goalkeeper Academy

The Worcester Goalkeeper Academy has kicked off the new season in style

Since the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy started back in September, we have seen an upsurge in attendance. Not only with a big influx of new Goalkeepers but also new coaches.

The reputation of the Academy is starting to spread… It is a reputation built on quality, that we are there to develop all aspects of the Goalkeeper, preparing them for their club football matches, technically, physically, socially and psychologically.

Don’t just take our word for it, we have had Managers and Parents feedback to us on how much they have seen their Goalkeeper improve, with one recently picking up the Player of the Match award!

 

But it isn’t just the Goalkeepers that we are attracting, as this season sees 5 new coaches in the academy. This means that we can provide much more focussed time with our Goalkeepers, with many of them benefitting from 1 to 1 and 1 to 2 coaching sessions, meaning that they get even more training time to develop their skills.

If you are a Goalkeeper looking to develop your skills in a focussed environment or a Coach looking to develop Goalkeepers (must have as a minimum: CRB, Safeguarding and First Aid), please contact us via: http://www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com/contact.html

www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

Goalkeeper Communication Skills

Sorry no video this time, but if you look at video footage of Joe Hart in my previous posts you can understand what I mean. However further to my last post there are other sites that can provide further information on the art of good Goalkeeper Communication. These can be found at the following links:

http://www.youthsoccerskills.com/goalkeeper/goalkeepercommunication.html

http://www.academyonegoalkeeping.com/articles.html

http://www.handsleading.com/Goalkeeping%20Tips/communication_tips.php

Enjoy 😉

www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

Finding your Goalkeeper voice – Communication Skills

As seen in my goalkeeper spotlight on the talent that is Joe Hart, one of his greatest attributes is his communication skills. It is not just about his communication to claim the ball or tell his defenders to clear the ball, but his communication with the whole team that shows how good he is.

As keepers we are taught to shout ‘KEEPERS’ when going to claim a ball, or shout ‘AWAY’ if we need our defenders to get the ball away. Those are just the basics. Unfortunately even the basics for some of our young keepers are hard to master, as this comes down to the Psychological aspects of Communication and Decision Making. In some cases we have heard that keepers don’t even like shouting at their players for fear of offending them. So our first hurdle to overcome is a Psychological one.

Once though that they have the confidence and ‘have found their voice’, they can then start to master the communication skills that Joe Hart shows. In that they can start using communication to help the team. Such as providing their team mates instructions that provide them with information they may not see at first, as their view is what is around them, not necessarily what is happening over the pitch. That a keeper could give them the information of who they could play the ball to, if an opposition player is approaching them or perhaps to tell a team-mate to provide the player with the ball some help, etc.

“Goalkeepers who talk will give confidence to defenders and help their teammates to react to situations that they may not always be aware of” – David Coles

This shows that Goalkeepers are about more than just saving goals!

www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

Worcester Goalkeeper Academy Coach Profile: Matt Hutchinson

Matt Hutchinson, Senior Goalkeeper Coach at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.

Experience

Qualified as a Level 2 Football and Goalkeeping coach. With additional academic and sporting qualifications to provide psycho-social and physical development.

Currently at the University of Worcester reading Sports Coaching Science, as an Undergraduate.

Coached sport for over 5 years, with a keen interest in Athlete Centred Coaching and Teaching Games for Understanding.

Over 30 years of playing sport, so understands the mind set of the players, and athletes, he is coaching.

Passionate about: Goalkeeping; Squash; and Player and Personal Development.

Philosophy

To help inspire and motivate those around him to achieve their best, by developing their learning and growth.

To push the limitless boundaries daily.

Encouraging two-way informative feedback and to develop the fundamental skills: academically, technically, psycho-socially and physically creating not just any athlete, but an athlete-centred on taking responsibility for their actions, and of those around them.

Instilling an attitude that success is a journey and not a destination, and that every journey begins with the first step.

www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

Continual Development of Goalkeepers: Plan-Do-Check-Act

The Continual Development of Goalkeepers, is a process that follows the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle of an ISO9001:2008 Quality Management System.

PLAN

Everything the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy does is planned. This includes the running of the Academy and the weekly Session Plans for the Development of key skills.

DO (TRAIN)

Developing Goalkeepers Technical, Physical, Psychological and Social Skills through theory and practical coaching sessions.

CHECK (ASSESS)

Continual assessment of the Academy, the Goalkeepers and the Coaches to ensure that areas of improvement can be identified. Other data for improvement includes feedback gained from Keepers, Parents, and Coaches.

ACT (IMPROVE)

If areas of improvement are identified through assessment and/or feedback it is acted upon to ensure that the Academy continues to Develop in all areas.

This PDCA cycle is continuous and ensures that development is constantly occurring. That it is at the forefront of everything we do… To continually improve and develop Goalkeepers and Goalkeeping standards!

www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

Development of Goalkeepers and Coaching Styles, by Andy Morgan

In addition to giving an overview of experience and his own philosophy, Andy Morgan of the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy, provided further information on his views on development and coaching styles…

Development

Personally I promote Technical, Social and Physical Development, as they come as one big package:

  • Technically I want to help the goalkeepers to be the best technically they can be and usually that means using the ‘textbook’ way to save the ball, however if the goalkeeper has an unorthodox technique but is an effective goalkeeper, then I’m happy!
  • Socially I want them to be confident in their surrounding and be able to communicate well with us, the coaches and the other Goalkeepers. This is because this will transfer across to their own game days in which they will be required to communicate with their team.
  • Psychologically, such as encouraging Confidence, where a confident Goalkeeper will put confidence in your defence. That confidence in your defence, will lead to confidence in your midfield, and before you know it the whole team is feeling confident which can only be seen as a positive.
  • Physically, that at present you hear all the time about David De Gea and how he’s too weak for the ‘English game’. This just shows how physical our football is compared to other nationalities and relates to the importance of our Goalkeepers physical development. 

From the time the goalkeepers first attend the Academy to when they decide to leave; I hope they have improved in all of these areas.

Best Coaching styles?

With regards to developing goalkeepers and coaching style, there are so many different styles in which to coach and it all comes down to the type of goalkeepers you have at your disposal, depending on their age, ability and maturity, however I always look to see what ideas the goalkeepers have to develop their own learning and look to prevent me telling them what to do all the time. All styles have their purpose though so I feel deciding if it can be done better is a difficult question to answer.

www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

Continual Development of Goalkeepers: Social Development

Social Development is very important for the development of the keeper, not just for a match of football, but also in outside of football and the Academy as it can also be important for Psychological Development as it can build confidence.

Social Development incorporates:

  • Communication Skills – Communicating with the team, Shouting instructions and communicating to coaches (and parents);
  • Listening and Understanding – listening to and understanding of instructions (coach-ability);
  • Team work – Integrating and working with the team and those around them (this also helps in the development of friendships); and
  • Health and Wellbeing – including happiness and enjoyment of the game and goal keeping [can be combined with Physical Development]

A goalkeeper with great social skills is a better one as they are more involved and happier!

www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

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