Goalkeeper Training in N.Ireland.
Sean McGreevy, Sean O Neill.
Monday - Queens Uni Playing Fields, Malone Road, Belfast 6.15 (9-12yrs) 7.30 (13-15) & (16 +).
Wed - Valley L.C , Newtownabbey. 7.00pm (9 -12 ) , ( 13- 15) & (16 +).
...BELFAST EASTER TRAINING CAMP LAUNCHED... We are now taking names for our Easter camp to be held at Crusaders F.C on the 20th & 21st April. Sessions will begin at 10.30am each day until 2pm. Coaches will include top Irish League keepers Sean O Neill & Andy Coleman among others. Age categories 9-12, 13-15 & 16 yrs upwards. Sessions will begin at 10.30am each day until 2pm. Fee covering both days is £35. As places for this camp are strictly limited in number priority will be given on a first come first served basis.. Payment in full or a £10 deposit via paypal to email@example.com required to secure place. (please ref with name & age of keeper). All keepers required to bring wet gear, lunch & any medications required for each day. Any questions feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org... ***All places are now currently filled for our Monday evening sessions at Queens. To register on waiting list please email us with name & age of keeper. Small no of places available for our Wed eve session at the Valley L.C, Newtownabbey. If interested please drop us an email to email@example.com. *** Discounted GK Gloves*** The current range of J4K gloves have been discounted by up to 40% until stocks last. To view go to keepergloves.co.uk..
Sean who is a fully qualified goalkeeping coach through the IFA has had many years playing experience as both a soccer & Gaa keeper. Showing potential as a teenager in Belfast youth leagues Sean was quickly picked up by Cliftonville with whom he spent three seasons before signing for his local club Donegal Celtic. With a growing reputation McGreevy moved on from DC then a junior club and signed for Ballyclare Comrades who competed at the top tier at the time. After three very enjoyable seasons at the Comrades Sean would eventually return to DC where he would win a steel & sons cup medal in 2003 and help the club finally break into Irish League senior football. At the same time Sean had managed to gain the No1 spot as senior keeper before his 20th birthday and made his championship debut against then All-Ireland champions Donegal in front of 30,000 spectators. Indeed 18 years later Sean was still the No 1 when Antrim took the field against Kildare in the All Ireland qualifiers. Although Antrim were unable to reach the summit of All Ireland glory during his years Sean still gained countless individual honours for his performances between the sticks. In 2000 he became Antrims first all star nominee in 40 years and was also named the GAAs player of the month in May of the same year. He also won 2 Ulster Allstar awards in 2000 & 2002 and was honored to represent his province in both years also. At club level with St Pauls Belfast Sean gained 3 senior championship wins as well as numerous underage honours and was recently voted as the clubs player of the decade. During his years as an Inter county keeper Sean also played as much soccer as he could and often on the same weekends. “I suppose as a keeper you can get away with it on consecutive days as your game is more about reaction as opposed to emptying the lungs, so i never really found it a problem, infact it was the managers who had the issues to be honest, i was just concerned with trying to play as much as i could. I can also say without a shadow of a doubt that i wouldnt have been able to play for Antrim as long as i did if i had nt played soccer. As there was no such thing as goalkeeper coaching for Gaa keepers even at county level the experience i gained during my Irish league playing days was invaluable. Basic skills such as positioning and footwork are rarely taught to Gaa keepers and i was able to learn so much about all aspects of goalkeeping while playing soccer. Its amazing how many Gaa keepers you see these days who have excellent potential but unfortunately lack the basic technical skills that would be taught to soccer goalkeepers. J4K is a fantastic environment for keepers of all standards to improve on a weekly basis as well as having plenty of fun along the way. “As with any sport improvement is only reached with hard work and dedication but the journey must also be enjoyable and thats what J4K is all about” says Sean. “Goalkeeping like many things in life is an art that requires endless practise and in the words of famous philosopher Aristotle ‘You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event, it is a habit.’
SEAN O NEILL Sean now widely regarded as among the best keepers in the Irish League has also had the honour of representing N.Ireland from U17 through to U21 level. Having signed for Crusaders after several excellent seasons between the sticks for Dungannon Sean had set his sights on picking up honours which would soon follow. In 2011 he played a big part in the Crues lifting both the League & Setanta Cups. He has since played his role in ensuring the Crues are constantly in the mix for the big domestic honours with a record number of clean sheets to his name. Coaching for J4K Sean acknowledges the benefit of weekly training sessions specifically for keepers. ” Theres no doubting the importance of young keepers getting regular coaching as most of the time they dont get any at their clubs. J4K is a fantastic concept thats help them feel every bit as important in their roles as the rest of their team mates. I would strongly recommend any keeper who feels they dont get enough coaching to come along to the camps and they ll be amazed at how quickly they will improve, not only technically but also from a self confidence point of view which is vital for all goalkeepers.”