Thursday, February 04, 2010

Watch out dodgy Goalkeeper Coaches about!!!

I have been running goalkeeper coaching schools for OVER 10 years now and before that i was a professional goakeeper for 10 years... so i do know my goalkeeping business!

Over the past year or so, I have worryingly seen a number of dangerous goalkeeper coaches coming onto the coaching scene!

This especially is the case in the UK, USA and Canada!

What i mean by dangerous is these guys are NOT qualified to coach goalkeepers. Ok, they might have their goalkeeper coaching badge... but if your really understand goalkeeping, you know this means nothing!!!

I hear there are a few goalkeeper coaches who are stating they have played for professional football clubs. But when you do your research on these guys, it turns out they never played for any professional football club. They might have been there when they were 12 years old but certainly did not play professional.

The coaches i believe who are saying this played in the 80s and 90s so it can be hard to prove what they say is correct.

So just be carful guys, if your GK coach is stating he is an ex professional goalkeeper. Google him.

If his name does not pop stating he HAS played professionally. He is lying!

So why do they do this?

Simple, they want you to hand over your hard earned cash and as they probably struggle what to do as a goalkeeper coach, as their knowledge is limited they try and blind you with science!

But do not be fooled!

Another tell tale sign of a goalkeeper coach who may not know his game, are the ones that use all these fancy apparatus's that you can buy to aid you with your goalkeeping! Now i am not saying these aids are bad as some of them are very good as long as you use in moederation. But the GK coaches who use them all the time only do so as they are struggling for training session plans because of their lack of knowledge!.

So be warned: Please do your homework on your coach before you let your child anywhere near him!

I Hope this helps?

Ray Newland


steve said...


ARE there any in wirral / north wales..????????

Ray Newland said...

Thanks for posting Steve:

As you can appreciate i have not got the time to list all these coaches throughout the UK as there is now ALOT of inexperienced level 1 and 2 GK coaches out there.

This is why i wrote the above article, so parents could do their own due dilligence on a goalkeeper coach.

So re your questions: Please do your own due dilligence on any goalkeeper coach in your area.

If you are satisfied that this coach is experienced and can deliver wwhat he states, go to him. if you do not, don't!

I hope this helps.

best of goalekeping

Ray newland