Triple suc­cess for goal­keeper academy

South Amer­i­can pro­fes­sional keeper on hand to present awards at foot­ball club’s pre­sen­ta­tion day

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The King’s Church Foot­ball Club, in Amer­sham, held its end of sea­son pre­sen­ta­tion day re­cently.

Founder of the Aaron West Goal­keep­ing Academy Dax West, to­gether with spe­cial guest Mikhael Jamez Ruiz, a well­known goal­keeper from Venezuela, pre­sented the Aaron West Goal­keeper’s tro­phy at the event.

Ms West said: “To our sur­prise, we had three goal­keep­ers come up to the stage. And an­other sur­prise, and the pride that fol­lowed, was that they all at­tended the Aaron West Goal­keep­ing Academy.

“The coaches at King’s Church Foot­ball Club put for­ward why their goal­keeper in each age team should be nom­i­nated for the award (ages seven to 16). All three were at a high stan­dard and they could not just nom­i­nate one.

“Not only that, all the boys first names were Nathan and all at­tended Aaron’s train­ing.

“It was a very proud mo­ment for me as Aaron’s mum on that stage.”

Aaron West, a for­mer Amer­sham School Pupil, was a very tal­ented young goal­keeper who had a vi­sion and dream of be­ing a goal­keep­ing coach.

At an early age, Aaron be­ing a foot­ball fa­natic and hav­ing a huge pas­sion for goal­keep­ing, no­ticed that goal­keep­ers in the lo­cal area play­ing at grass roots level did not get ac­cess to spe­cial­ist coach­ing.

Aaron then de­cided to make this his mis­sion to set academy for up an academy that would al­low all goal­keep­ers ac­cess to coach­ing.

In Fe­bru­ary 2010, at the age of 16, Aaron was di­ag­nosed with Fi­bro­lamel­lar Hepa­to­cel­lu­lar Car­ci­noma with Pul­monary Me­tas­tases, which is a rare form of liver cancer.

Aaron’s dream and a vi­sion con­tin­ued to be his main fo­cus of what he wanted in life and through­out his ill­ness.

Sadly, eight months af­ter di­ag­no­sis, Aaron died at the age of 16 in Oc­to­ber 2010. How­ever, Aaron’s dream be­came a reality when the Aaron West Goal­keep­ing Academy opened.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.face­book.com/ AaronWest­sGoal­keep­ing Academy.

Dax West, se­cond right, and Mikhael Jamez Ruiz, left, with the three goal­keep­ers.

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