Importance of Regular Goalkeeping Training
The goalkeeping position has changed in modern times, through changes in managing styles and ever-changing coaching philosophies and styles of play or even new coaching and learning developments which come through research, as I learned whilst studying my degree.
The need to train regularly should never be undervalue. Skills and habits are developed rapidly and reinforced when they are repeated consistently, and being fine-tuned on a regular basis. The expression “use it or lose it” couldn’t be more appropriate to the developing and nurturing of goalkeeping skills. Focussed repetition leads to the brain being able to deal with processes and situations that happen on a reoccurring basis during games.
Gone should be the days of the goalkeeper being sent down to the side of the pitch whilst the coach focusses purely on the pattern of play for the outfielder, until they are ready to have their shooting practice, where the coach is still more fascinated by the amount of goals that the outfielders score, whilst poor little Johnny is stuck in the goal receiving shots from 12 yards out, and then get’s moaned at when he gets bored after 5/6 balls flying past him. But how often do you still see this at your clubs training?
It is VITAL that your goalkeepers receive good goalkeeping training! And yes, whilst anyone can design a few drills that might help Johnny keep the ball out of the net from time to time. What is most important, is that the coach is able to make corrections to basic fundamentals of goalkeeping that give the goalkeeper the best foundation to establish their set of skills on. Frequent repetition achieved through weekly sessions at Just4Keepers ensures that each and every goalkeeper who attends gets a feel for the correct technique for each and every aspect of goalkeeping. And ask yourselves this. If outfielders are getting specialist training once a week, why aren’t goalkeepers? We are the most important players on the pitch after all!
Having one training session per week in a team environment serves a purpose, but for a goalkeeper, they need to have specialized training sessions individually with a goalkeeper coach, in a group setting. At J4K, the goalkeeping coaches are both current or ex-professional goalkeepers and goalkeeper coaches who have a vested interest in offering developmental training to that professional standard. Regular goalkeeper training with J4K will enable a goalkeeper to understand the goalkeeper position to a greater extent while developing the skills and attributes necessary to compete in today’s beautiful game.
And ask yourselves this. If outfielders are getting specialist training once a week, why aren’t goalkeepers? We are the most important players on the pitch after all!