I started playing football in 2014. First with a Worcester womens team and then with the Worcester allstars disability football team. Whilst training with them every Sunday, I was tried in every position on the pitch, however it was only goalkeeping Was found to be best suited.
At the start of 2015, as the opportunities at the time were limited, I decided I wanted to help others with my passion and took up coaching instead. So I volunteered as a young leader and now help at different football clubs and organisations: WDFC (now as adult coach), Olbury Park Tigers FC, Footie Bugs and the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.
In May 2017, I attained the FA Level 1 award for outfield.
As I have been coaching for a while at the Academy , I decided to take the step up and now help lead my own training sessions. I also plan to take the Goalkeeper Level 1 Award in 2018, to further develop my skills as a coach.
Following rule changes for the Worcester All Stars team, as well as coaching, I now also play for the club in the top league. I may be the only girl in the team but enjoy playing for the team as their goalkeeper! What’s more I get to put my coaching into practice!
I have played as a goalkeeper since the age of eight, enjoying all of the aspects which this position encompasses (mental strength, good communication and leadership, football intelligence, physical strength, agility and stamina and quick reflexes). After a knee injury in my late teens, I switched my allegiance to football coaching, earning the FA Outfield Level 1, FA Goalkeeping Level 1, and FA Youth Modules 1 & 2 by the age of 18 and coached children aged 5-14 at a local club.
After completing my psychology degree at University I spent a year coaching at the largest football academy in the South Island of New Zealand, working with similar aged children and internationally qualified coaches, ranging from South American, Australian, South African, Bulgarian and New Zealand. On my return home I decided to focus exclusively on goalkeeping coaching. From this, I completed placements at the Wolverhampton Wanderers Regional Talent Centre and the Queen’s Park Rangers’ Midlands Academy, before joining the Worcester Goalkeeping Academy on a permanent basis, enjoying the community feel and positive, progressive nature of this Academy and the enthusiastic, community and player development focused syllabus and focus.
During this time I have earned my FA Outfield Level 2, FA Goalkeeping Level 2, UEFA B Goalkeeping Award and FA Talent Identification Awards. I am currently completing the FA Youth Award Level 3 and hope to complete the FA Psychology Level 5, Talent Identification Level 2 and UEFA B Outfield in the next coming years.
Producing quality players is no doubt important and, as coaches, we always look to see improvement on a continual level. However, this development into better players also translates to better individuals, both on and off the field. As such, I look for development across a variety of aspects; technical, physical, tactical, social and psychological.
I believe that all players should have the opportunity to realise their dreams and aspirations, whether that is on or off the field, and I aim to provide a process for success, rather than the answers to success, as I believe that individuals learn more efficiently in this manner. As every child learns in different ways I aim to incorporate different methods of learning into the sessions, respecting individual differences and providing fun sessions, where players can develop and learn in fun, game realistic sessions and in a friendly, nurturing environment.
As the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy starts back on Friday, I thought it about time to highlight some more of their many Goalkeeper coaches… We start with one of their newer coaches, who is developing into a fine coach (as the Academy is not just about developing players, but coaches too).
Luke Shearing, Goalkeeper Coach at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy.
Has played as a goalkeeper for 14 years and so have experienced both the good and bad side to coaching.
Played in goal for a team in the top division of Under 18’s Football in Bristol.
Level 2 Sports Leader gives the qualities needed to coach a wide range of activities to all ages.
Started coaching whilst at Secondary school as he wanted to help the next generation of athletes progress to the next level.
Currently undertaking my FA Level 2 football coaching course to advance his knowledge of the game.
Currently in the first year of a Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science degree at the Worcester University.
To coach Goalkeepers in an enjoyable learning environment, where the Goalkeepers can advance their knowledge and skills within the art of Goalkeeping.
“My aim is to progress the Goalkeepers ability at the academy as well as to advance my skills as a coach so I can become a better coach in the future.”
Luke also writes his own blog detailing his coaching experiences at the Academy. Go check it out at http://allgoalkeepersarecrazy.blogspot.co.uk/
There is an Urgently need for an U13 Goalkeeper for the up-coming season.
St John’s Colts U13
An Under 13’s boys team promoted to Division 1 Mercian League (Worcester, UK)
Training is on Wednesday evenings at the University of Worcester and matches are played on Sunday afternoons.
So if you are looking to play at a good level, please contact:
David Broster, coach/manager on firstname.lastname@example.org