In-Service Training for Kent FA

Keeping Coaches on their toes!

Kent FA Coaches Association members and FA Charter Standard Club Coaches attended an exclusive workshop on Tuesday at Mascalls School, Paddock Wood. Twenty-five coaches attended the three hour ‘Shooting Practices for goalkeepers’ workshop which was delivered by FA qualified goalkeeping coach, Keith Granger. Granger who played for Southampton FC is the former Saints goalkeeping coach, where he worked with the 1st team, Academy and Development Centres.

The theory and practical workshop discussed issues surrounding shooting practices in which many goalkeepers find themselves left on their own while their team mates’ fire shots at them.
The evening also looked at how shooting practices can be developed to allow goalkeepers to develop and improve.
 The free workshop allowed coaches to understand the importance of not excluding the goalkeepers’ development within shooting practic
es and was full of useful information for outfield coaches. Leigh Willis of Anchorians FC found the workshop of great benefit saying “The workshop was a real eye opener and stressed the importance of goalkeeper development in sessions and not just using them for target practice”. 

The club in-service training events are one of many benefits that the Kent FA offers to new and existing FA Charter Standard and Kent FA C
oaches Association Members.  Kent County FA Football Development Officer, Lee Suter said “Supporting, developing and providing in-service to grassroots volunteers is a passion of the Kent FA and I was delighted so many coaches attended and benefited for the workshop”. Suter went onto say “Keith and the Football Garage commitment and passion for the event was excellent and I would recommend them to all clubs and organisations looking to develop its coaching workforce.”