GOALKEEPER COACHES

PREMIER PLAYER FOOTBALL ACADEMY COACHES ARE ALL PROFESSIONAL COACHES AND MANY ARE EX-PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS.

All of our keeper coaches are highly qualified professional coaches or ex-professional keepers who understand what it takes to become a good goalkeeper. We know just how important it is to have the right coaching to suit each keepers age and ability. Our coaches have the enthusiasm and personality to deliver influential, innovative and inspiring coaching sessions guaranteed to help your son or daughter fulfil their potential.

SHANE BLAND


Shane Bland is lead GK coach and is a former MFC keeper . Shane came through at MFC and turned Pro aged 17 . Shane left the club 2 years later and joined Whitby Town and won best keeper in the Unibond league. Shane has gone on to make over 250 appearances and is widely regarded as the best keeper in the non league system.

Shane is Level 2 GK coach

ANDY COLLETT


Andy Collet is a former Pro Keeper who played in the Premier League with his home town club MFC. Andy went into make over 250 professional appearances for Bristol Rovers and Darlington. Andy retired through injury aged 29 and began coaching and has been First Team coach at Oldham, Hartlepool , Darlington and Gateshead and is currently first team coach at York City FC . Andy has designed and implemented the academy training programmes at Hartlepool and York

Andy has worked with international keeper Kasper Schmeical , Nick Pope and David Stockdale.

Andy holds SFA A Goalkeeping Licence , UEFA B Outfield and Goalkeeping licenses .

stephen gill


Lead GK coach Stephen Gill is a former pro keeper at Plymouth . Stephen returned home and went onto play over 600 games in the Northern League . Stephen is Level 2 Gk coach and has worked in Education for the last 8 years in a school in Darlington. Our keepers love working with " Gilly " and several keepers he has worked with have gone into pro clubs including 2 from our Darlington GK Academy joining Newcastle United.h

JOSH RIDSDALE


Josh Ridsdale is an assistant GK coach at our Stockton Academy . A product of our gk system Josh joined our system as a young goalkeeper u12 . He went on trial for Middlesbrough FC playing in the NI Milk Cup . Josh is now 18yrs old and plays for Grangetown FC. Josh is currently undertaking his FA Level 2 badge.