Kids hoping to be the next Craig Gordon
under Cambuslang man Darren Young at Albion Rovers during the three best seasons in the club’s history. And on Wednesday, June 7, young keepers from the ages of eight and up were handed the chance to come and train like the professionals and improve their skills.
Split into four groups, the youngsters were able to develop their handling, agility and reactions. The first station would involve some warm up-style drills to get the youngsters jumping, catching and diving for balls thrown into them.
Another section focussed on reaction in goal while the third station saw coaches set out agility drills involving cones and hurdles.
The final section was all about shotstopping where kids were able to get their hands on the ball as much as possible, an important factor in the evening according to coach Ross.
“It went really well,” he said. “We had over 60 kids there and the feedback afterwards from parents has been excellent.
“We had four stations and we stopped some of the way through the night to talk about things but it wasn’t as much a coaching session due to time constraints. It was more about giving everyone as much touches of the ball as possible and showing what we do here.”
Unfortunately, no SPFL professional goalkeepers were able to make it on the evening but Ross, who has run the academy for eight years, was pleased all who attended had a great experience.
He said: “For me, as much as I have worked with top senior goalkeepers and ones at international youth or under 21s, it’s something really special to watch an eight-year-old mature into a great goalkeeper.
“Six of our kids from our academy are now involved in under 20s or first team football at clubs and most of them we had here aged 13.
“We had one of them there, Kieran Hughes, who I had with me at Albion Rovers and now he is playing for Kilbirnie Juniors.”
For more information about Ross’ academy, visit http://www. savehandsgk.com/
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