Parry coaches next gen­er­a­tion

Keeper brings Cham­pi­onship ex­pe­ri­ence to coach­ing

East Kilbride News - - SPORT - Paul Thom­son

Not con­tent with shut­ting out some of the SPFL Cham­pi­onship’s hottest marks­men, Neil Parry is coach­ing the stars of to­mor­row.

The Al­loa Ath­letic keeper, who is from St Leonards, has joined the set-up at East Kil­brideYC.

Parry is pass­ing on the tips of the trade to the kids who are in safe hands and the 33-year-old said:“It’s been good fun.”

Not many youth clubs can boast that they have one of the best goal­keep­ers in the Scot­tish Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League in their ranks.

But that is ex­actly the case for East Kil­bride YC af­ter Al­loa num­ber 1 Neil Parry joined their coach­ing set-up.

The 33-year-old from St Leonards is sta­tis­ti­cally the best per­form­ing goal­keeper in the SPFL right now, with 60 saves in 14 ap­pear­ances and four clean sheets for the Wasps in the Cham­pi­onship – even out-per­form­ing Rangers and Scot­land keeper Al­lan McGre­gor.

And now Parry is pass­ing on his ad­vice to the next gen­er­a­tion of shot­stop­pers in his home town.

East Kil­bride Youth Club coach Mark Howarth pulled off the sign­ing in the sum­mer, con­vinc­ing the Cen­tre 1 tax of­fice worker to train his goal­keep­ers ev­ery Wed­nes­day evening along­side fel­low Al­loa keeper and EK res­i­dent Chris Henry.

The young­sters, aged seven to 16, find them­selves in safe hands.

Parry is de­lighted to pass on the kind of ad­vice and guid­ance that was not open to him when he was com­ing through the ranks at Clare­mont AFC.

He told the News: “When I was younger we never had spe­cific goal­keeper train­ing so I think it’s re­ally good for them.

“We come in and do dif­fer­ent drills with them and try and pass on what I’ve learned over the years and share my ex­pe­ri­ences.

“We try and keep it fun for them. We work on spe­cific things like an­gles and de­ci­sion mak­ing but the things we do vary be­tween age groups be­cause there are some boys who are more ex­pe­ri­enced.

“They take on board ev­ery­thing you say to them and the feed­back we’ve had from Mark is that it’s re­ally work­ing be­cause the coaches have seen im­prove­ments in their per­for­mance.”

The young­sters train at White­moss Re­cre­ation Area, which is handy for Parry and al­lows him to jug­gle his tax­ing day job and life at Al­loa.

He said: “They train right across the road from me.

“I can get back home and just walk across the road, car­ry­ing the balls and the cones over. It’s ideal.

“At Al­loa I train on Tues­days and Thurs­days so a Wed­nes­day works out well for me.

“I’ve been do­ing it for six months now and it’s been good fun for us and the boys.”

Safe hands Neil Parry, front row cen­tre, and Chris Henry, back row, with the EKYC goal­keep­ers

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