FA National Goalkeeping staff Ray Clemence, Martin Thomas and Simon Smith will be joined by Reading manager Nigel Adkins, international goalkeepers Shay Given and Jack Butland as well other experts at the two-day event which runs from Sunday 14 to Monday 15 April.
The sold out event will see 400 coaches attend the national football centre for practical and theory sessions focusing on the evolving role of the goalkeeper.
How goals are scored and effective tips for dealing with back passes is covered on day one, with an insight into Futsal, goalkeeping conditioning and how to deliver coaching practices in restricted spaces following at Monday’s event.
Aspiring coaches will have the opportunity to learn from Newcastle United’s first-team goalkeeper coach, Andy Woodman, and Sheffield United’s academy goalkeeper coach, Leanne Hall, both who will be on hand to share their professional expertise.
Providing a wider variety of specialist learning and development opportunities for FA Licensed Coaches is a core aim of The FA’s national football centre and the two day event will act as continued professional development (CPD) for Licensed coaches.
Although goalkeeping provides the specialist focus at this event, FA National Youth Goalkeeping Coach, Martin Thomas, stressed that the content will be relevant and beneficial for all coaches, including those who work with outfield players.
“The two days will deal specifically with the goalkeeper, whether it is from the technical point of view or a tactical point of view. However, the event is open to all coaches from Level 1 through to Level 4.
“There will something there for everyone to enhance their knowledge base, look at practices and have an opportunity to meet fellow goalkeeping enthusiasts.”
The FA’s Head of FA Learning, Jamie Houchen, believes the specialist conference will build on the last December’s successful Licensed Coaches’ Club conference:
“In December we held our inaugural Licensed Coaches’ Club conference at St George’s Park. Over 600 coaches attended the event and enjoyed the fantastic facilities and learning environment at the national football centre.
“The goalkeeper conference further underlines The FA’s commitment to providing bespoke, relevant and specialist CPD opportunities for Licensed Coaches.
“We hope this event reflects the success of December’s conference, further contributes to the developing coaching culture at the site and becomes the first of many specialist conference and courses held here”.
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