Goalkeeper Training in Essex

Antony Dean







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Unbelievably, Antony has been coaching goalkeepers since the age of sixteen!

Antony is another J4K coach who has played in goal since a very early age, and.. stayed in the No 1 spot! Antony has played for a couple of teams in the Rymans league, Hullbridge FC and Aveley FC, where he enjoyed league and FA trophy cup football. He also had spells with Great Wakering Rovers and Canvey Island.

Antony impressed enough that Colchester United were interested in signing him- but he was cruelly told, ‘even though he was good enough, he was not big enough.’ (How many parents can relate to this story?).

Antony got very downhearted about Colchester’s cruel words and it was only the fact that he had trained with Andy Gunn since he was twelve, who was Antony’s friend, coach and mentor, that kept his interest in goalkeeping alive. Andy was the keeper coach for Norwich and Colchester youth at the time, and who also ran his own goalkeeper schools. He was so impressed with Antony, that Antony eventually became Andy’s right-hand man, and became a goalkeeper coach for him for a few years.

Since then Antony has continued goalkeeper training in Essex with his own business, coaching many children and adults. He teamed up with J4K in October, 2006. Antony said he’d found his niche in becoming a coach because of Colchester’s cruel words; and that this has spurred him on to help many goalkeepers, who are not endowed with height, to be as good as their peers. As a result of his goalkeeper training Essex, he has helped many goalkeepers move onto several professional clubs throughout his region.