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Delivering a goalkeeping pathway where likeminded, local, talented goalkeepers can maximise their personal progression both on and off the pitch

The Community Sports Foundation’s Goalkeeper Development Programme is designed to help young talented goalkeepers, both male and female, reach their full potential.

With age groups from U7-U18 , our programme is tailored to give goalkeepers the opportunity to progress technically and tactically in the game, as well as aiming to develop the individual socially and psychologically.

The Goalkeepers’ Technical Centre is a training only programme, where goalkeepers will receive weekly technical coaching sessions at one of two Norwich based venues.

The Goalkeeper Player Development Centre offers goalkeepers the chance to receive quality technical coaching sessions, across 32 weeks, at venues situated in key areas around Norfolk and North Suffolk (Norwich, Dereham, Hellesdon, Gorleston and Lowestoft).

PDC Goalkeepers will also be offered the chance to attend four Goalkeeper Development Days during half-terms at a central Norwich venue.

While the primary focus of the GK PDC is to deliver a technical training programme, there will be select opportunities for players to take part in both an internal fixture programme, and to be selected to play in PDC representative fixtures

The Elite Player Development Centre offers players the chance to train twice per week at a central Norwich venue, alongside a squad of selected EPDC players of similar potential. Within each EPDC squad there are two selected goalkeepers per age group, who will train in both goalkeeper specific training sessions and within team based matchplay sessions.

A comprehensive fixture programme forms a key part of the EPDC.

To date, the fixture programme has included matches against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Swansea City, Stoke City and Watford

The Player Development Centre forms the third tier of our girls’ football provision and includes 32 weeks of training, both technically at GK Specific sessions and tactically within PDC squad sessions.

PDC Goalkeepers will receive their specific, technical goalkeeper coaching training alongside the boys at one of our GTC venues.

The Elite Player Development Centre forms the second tier of our girls’ football provision. The EPDC includes 32 weeks of training, both technically at GK Specific sessions and tactically within PDC squad sessions. Alongside this the EPDC will receive four development fixture days and fixtures across the season against the likes of Colchester United, Reading and Cambridge United.

EPDC Goalkeepers will receive their specific, technical goalkeeper coaching training alongside the boys at one of our GK PDC venues.

The Academy Development Programme is the top tier of our girls’ football provision and includes 32 weeks of training at The FDC @ Open Academy. Alongside this the ADP will receive four development training days and a number of competitive fixtures against the likes of Chelsea, Swansea and Arsenal.

ADP Goalkeepers will receive specific, technical goalkeeper coaching at their venue each week.

The FA Advanced Coaching Centre is part of the FA girls’ talent pathway and is delivered by the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation on behalf of the Norfolk FA.

The ACC is designed to support the development of elite female players. The centre is a supplementarity training and games programme and will compliment both girls existing grassroots football as well as CSFs football development programme tiers.

Each player accepted into the ACC will benefit from 29 weeks of coaching at a central venue as well as six competitive fixtures per season.

ACC Goalkeepers will receive specific, technical goalkeeper coaching at their venue each week.

Pathways

We are extremely proud of the pathway we are able to offer our young people.

From U7-U16 there are weekly sessions available to players relevant to their age and ability.

At U16, our CSF Canaries play in the Thurlow Nunn U18 youth league, where two goalkeepers are selected for this squad.

Post 16, the CSF Football & Education programmes (Male | Female) offers students the chance to swap a traditional classroom for a learning environment immersed within a professional football club, while continuing their development on the pitch.

Beyond that, there are opportunities to find employment with the Foundation as part of our coaching team.

To find out more about the GK specific programme, please email [email protected].

Success stories

Success stories

We’re very proud of the large number of programme participants that have gone on to achieve great things, both  on or off the field.

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