Football | SPORTS

School To Train Goalkeepers Now Open

The Northern Division’s Goalkeeper School, which was opened March, has received enormous support and appreciation from those that have attended their coaching clinics.
21 May 2022 16:09
School To Train Goalkeepers Now Open
Northern Division's Goalkeeper School coach, Shamal Kumar, conducts training with participants in Labasa. Photo: Supplied.

The Northern Division’s Goalkeeper School, which was opened March, has received enormous support and appreciation from those that have attended their coaching clinics.

Goalkeeper in-charge and coach, Shamal Kumar said they received a huge turnouts from children, adults and even district team goalkeepers.

The school conducts their basic goalkeeper training on Tuesday and Thursday from 3.45pm to 4.45pm at Subrail Park in Labasa.

The former Labasa and national goalkeeper indicated children and other participants have enjoyed and learned the basics of ball handling, keeper positioning and understanding the laws that they must be aware of.

Labasa have been known for producing top goalkeepers like Brian Simmons, Pelasio Tamanitoakula, Joeli Tadrau, Ray Robinson, Semesa Vilise, Zaid Hussain, Bai Waqailiti, Petero Namoce, Kumar, Epeli Loaniceva, Mohammed Alam, Vereti Dickson, Emori Ragata, Akuila Mateisuva and so on.

He said coaching clinics begin from the Under-8 to 15, youth category from U16 to U19 and district level teams, as well.

“We have received requests from senior division district teams like Dreketi and Seaqaqa to help improve the goalkeeping aspect of their game,” he said.

Kumar always had the passion of teaching and imparting his experience.

He believed that upcoming keepers must be managed to ensure that they do not lose focus of their love for the sport.

“Goalkeepers must learn to develop a good relationship with their teammates, especially their backline players to improve their defence and concede fewer goals.”

Kumar said there is a professional pathway for job creation overseas for aspiring goalkeepers, but, this requires consistency, dedication, talent and the heart to excel.

“Finally players have to come back and contribute in representing their home districts because the groundwork of being good keepers started from the very bottom.

“I encourage all interested players who wish to learn and become goalkeepers in the future to participate in our training programme,” he added.

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