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New Worcester Goalkeeper Academy summer training dates 

The Worcester Goalkeeper Academy reopens it doors for new Summer Training sessions.

These dates are for the following 3 weeks from 7:15pm to 8:15pm (1 hour):

  • Week 1 : Tuesday 27th June 2017
  • Week 2 : Tuesday 4th July 2017
  • Week 3 : Tuesday 11th July 2017

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:

  • £4 per session; or
  • Pay for all 3 sessions for £10

Worcester Goalkeeper Academy Awards 2017

After 2 terms of 28 weeks in total we have seen over 45 keepers come through our doors, all of which we have seen improve and develop as keepers. So tonight after the final session of the season we had our annual awards. All received the recognition they deserved, with afurther 6 special awards given to Star and Most Improved keepers for each category at the Academy.

The Most Improved Award went to the following keepers:

  • Noah Sayani
  • Matt Hatton 
  • Kyle Broderick

The Star Keeper Award is given to keepers with not just, talent, but with a willingness to learn and improve, as well as complete dedication. This season the award went to the following keeper:

  • Zak Watkins 
  • James Jaffrey 
  • Leia Carter

A big congratulations to all our winners and a big thank you too for all the keepers for thei efforts.

A big thank you too to our coaching staff this term, who have supported this Academy, offering their time for free and above all, for developing these keepers into the players they are. 

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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    Why Goalkeeper Coaching is great medicine and why playing for a team could have been benefiial to my youth…

    I have not always been a Goalkeeper (well definitely not when I was in nappies), partly because I was not very good at catching or throwing balls and even though I watched football never really either had the encouragement to take it up or the confidence to want to!

    Confidence issues as a child

    As a child I was very shy, not really having the confidence to make friends that easily. I see now by looking back that perhaps being involved in a team sport such as football could have actually helped my social skills and maybe even helped me make friends. I say that because I have seen this with my daughter. She was someone who found it hard to integrate, however now she has developed as a person through being part of a team. And through further specific coaching we have seen her confidence improve too.

    So how did I get into Goalkeeping?

    Pretty much the same as my daughter, she wanted to play out field at first, because like most children interested in football it’s all about scoring goals. Most first team professional goalkeepers started in much the same way too!

    We both went in goal as nobody else wanted to and we just were willing to help out the team. But once in goal, coupled with a leaky defence meant that we actually got more action than outfield and actually enjoyed making the saves. We both got the bug. And believe me… it is infectious!

    So how did I get into coaching?

    My daughter went further than me and actually wanted to improve further through coaching. So she went to various coaching sessions. One, with Bernard Day (now a coach at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy), with a style of coaching that meant she enjoyed Goalkeeping even more. And the other sessions with the Worcestershire FA, who later invited me to attend a coaching event.

    The Worcestershire FA coaching event was to give an understanding of goalkeeper coaching to enable parents and outfield coaches to provide support to their goalkeepers. It certainly opened my eyes further. I was already helping out in a limited capacity, but this allowed me to get closer to my daughter and provide the support and encouragement she needed from me to improve.

    So now I not only had the bug for Goalkeeping but coaching it too. Subsequently being invited to attend and achieving the FA Goalkeeping Level 1 coaching award.

    Why is Goalkeeper Coaching good medicine for me?

    It was good before I was a coach, when I would take my daughter to the various coaching sessions as I would get out more away from the television. A chance to unwind watching my daughter having fun and getting involved. But its even better now.

    Through providing her with the support she needs has brought my daughter and I much closer together. And even though a stroppy teenager at home, at a match or coaching session we get that quality time needed.

    And through coaching now at the Worcester Goalkeeper Academy, I have something keeping my mind busy, something that is fulfilling, when seeing a child develop through a session plan I developed and above all it has got me fitter and healthier.

    Perhaps I did not need to write this as you can already see how committed and passionate I am about Goalkeeping and Goalkeeper Coaching through this blog!

    Goalkeeping and Goalkeeper Coaching I can recommend it to you all!

    www.worcestergoalkeeperacademy.com

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