The Bermuda Football Coaches Association (BFCA) announced that it has been successful in negotiating with its coach education partner, The Scottish Football Association, to offer Goalkeeper Coaching Education to be held in Bermuda during the week of September 11th – 16th, 2018.
This initiative is aimed toward developing specialist goal keeper coaches for the Bermuda Football Association affiliates and local football programs, and creating a pathway for specialist goalkeeper coaches to move towards obtaining the UEFA Goalkeeping A License through the Scottish FA.
The BFCA have identified the goalkeeper coach, and specific goalkeeper coach education, as being a deficient area of technical training in Bermuda, and throughout the various programming levels of our football. The goalkeeper is a specialist position in the team, and as such a goal keeper’s training fundamentally requires unique preparation and insight into the specifics of the positional techniques and their role within the play of the team.
The addition of Goalkeeper Coach Education has been a priority of the current administration’s platform from taking office at the last BFCA annual general meeting.
With the Scottish FA due back on island in September to deliver the SFA Introductory course for the candidates preparing to travel to Scotland in October for the UEFA B license, we have been able to secure experienced goalkeeper coach educator Jim Stewart to travel as a part of the staff and provide this opportunity to our local coaches.
Jim Stewart worked as a youth GK coach for the SFA before he joined the Scotland National Football team setup under Gordon Strachan in 2013 on a part time basis.
SFA Level 1 and SFA Level 2 Goalkeeper Courses
The BFCA will host the SFA Level 1 and Level 2 goalkeeper courses during the week of September 11th – 16th, 2018.
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 (approx.. 45 mins).
The BFCA will provide financial support for each of the BFA club affiliates to identify one candidate to enroll in these courses. This individual should be a coach currently helping or interested to deliver goalkeeper coaching within the club’s programs. The only financial requirement is the BFCA 2018-2019 membership dues of $75, that will make the coach eligible to participate in the upcoming BFCA AGM and receive membership benefits of continuing education courses, discounted course license fees, BFCA socials and participation in coaches’ forums.
All participants will receive access to the Scottish FA Live LMS (Learning Management System), including all course notes and materials.