Top Goalkeeper Coach Drops Into College

Thu, 15/06/2000 - 01:00

East Durham College’s football development squad were recently treated to a training master class by top goalkeeping coach Simon Smith, who spent a surprise afternoon coaching at the College.

Simon Smith is probably best know from when he was Newcastle United first-team goalkeeping coach back in 1999 working under Ruud Gullit and Sir Bobby Robson over a five year period.

Simon has since worked with keepers at all levels of the game, as well as being one of the FA’s National Goalkeeping Coaches working with England Teams between the ages of 16 – 21. Simon also delivers specialist goalkeeping coaching courses on UEFA coaching courses from UEFA ‘C’ to UEFA ‘A’ standard.

Chris Errington, the goalkeeper coach at East Durham College, had been having some training with Simon Smith to further his own expertise. Chris said: “I just asked Simon if he would mind doing some training with our lads in the football development squad and he agreed. I was delighted!

“Simon has been a role model for me over the years and I’ve seen all his DVDs and read his books. It’s been great learning from one of the best goalkeeping coaches ever and it’s certainly helped my career”.

Chris is now setting up goalkeeper master classes in the community through East Durham College.

Rose Fraser, Sport Development Officer at the College, commented: “There isn’t enough coaching for goalkeepers, this specific training seems to be neglected until players reach a professional level.

“I’m sure the community classes for goalkeeper training will be a huge success.”

Specialist goalkeeping training sessions will be held every Monday starting on Monday 21st June, at the College’s Peterlee Campus, from 4.30pm till 6.00pm and are open to all ages and abilities.

To secure a place please call Rose Fraser on 0191 518 5565.