The Bermuda Football Coaches Association, in conjunction with their coach education partner, The Scottish Football Association have their Goalkeeper Coaching Course well underway.
Under the watchful eye of Jim Stewart who worked as a youth GK coach for the Scottish FA (SFA) before he joined the Scotland National Football team setup under Gordon Strachan in 2013 on a part time basis.
The BFCA participants are taking the SFA Level 1 and Level 2 goalkeeper courses.
“The Level 1 course aim and objective is to provide a basic introduction to the needs and demands of a goalkeeper and a goalkeeping coach. Focusing on the basic principles of the position and fundamental movement patterns of a goalkeeper incorporating the core skills and techniques of the position. It is targeted towards coaches who have an interest in developing young goalkeepers. There are no admission criteria or pre-requites as this is an entry level course.
“The Level 2 course aim and objective is designed to assist coaches, aged 18 or over, who develop goalkeepers. The course is based on five themes (shape, movement, positioning, distribution, and crossing) and is designed to give coaches the ability to coach the goalkeeper both technically and tactically via game related practices. It is aimed at goalkeeper coaches working in clubs and builds on the fundamentals learned in the Scottish FA Level 1 Goalkeeper Award. In order to be considered for the Scottish FA / Level 2 Goalkeeper Course, candidates must have completed the Scottish FA Level 1 Goalkeeper Course within the last 3 years, and also must complete the Children’s Wellbeing in Scottish Football online module approximately 45 minutes.