Dean has put together this professional goalkeeping academy, a well run and thought about goalkeeping syllabus which has been designed to meet todays game requirements. Dean works and runs this school as he would and as we do in the top flight of professional football. As an aspiring goalkeeper it is important that the goalkeeper sees the right coaches. Dean teaches goalkeepers application and professionalism, which is fantastic for the young goalkeepers pushing through. All the coaches are highly qualified on paper and in playing careers and I'm happy to be a part of the Pro-1 Goalkeeping Academy.
What Pro-1 Academy have done is fantastic. It offers a chance for all goalkeepers of all ages who get released from professional clubs a chance to keep their training at a top level. It also gives them the chance to get placed into a club again. Too many goalkeepers get released and just filter out of the game, whereas Pro-1 acts as a stop gap and all the staff try their upmost to get keepers back in the game and offer great career advice.
I first got recommended to Dean at Pro-1 at the hardest time of my career; I was 15 years old and trying to secure a scholarship contract at Colchester United. After 6 months of training at Pro-1 I felt as sharp and as confident as I had ever felt. I decided not to join Colchester United as I received a lot of interest from other clubs, in the end I chose Cardiff City who, after a 3 week trial of training with the first team, signed me for a 3-year scholarship. I'm now living in Cardiff and train full-time. I'm excited of what can happen next in my career. I only see Dean now at pre-season, as he helps prepare me for when I go back for pre-season training.
The Pro-1 Academy is a very professional set-up, one of the only goalkeeping centres where professional academy, scholars and semi-professional goalkeepers can attend for those extra, outside of their club, sessions, to keep on top of their game, because all staff are highly respected in the game for their work ethics. The togetherness of all the boys is great and the work ethic is fantastic. It gives you, as a goalkeeper, an insight to how professional goalkeepers train and apply themselves.
In September 2009 My Son, Will, was a complete goalkeeping beginner so I took him to PGA for coaching and confidence building; by April 2010 he was signed to a professional club. Without PGA's professional coaching and support I am sure Will would not be where he is now.
I am currently playing for Runwell & Rayleigh Raiders Ladies FC. I have been representing for England Deaf Women Football since 2006, collecting three England caps to date and have achieved 1 silver medal and two bronze medals. I've also represented Great Britain Deaf Women Football, which I have been involved in since 2003. We have achieved one bronze medal in Deaflympics 2005 in Australia and came 4th in the Deaflympics 2009 in Taiwan. I find Dean's goalkeeping coaching style very effective, he has taught me quite a lot and I really enjoy doing training with him. I do not have much goalkeeping sessions with my current club, with Dean, coaching is purely focused on goalkeeping, which I like. I have learnt his coaching methods and I would like to become a goalkeeper coach in the future.