KUFC runs a goalkeeper programme specifically designed for all those players who are brave enough to go in goal. The programme has been running for many years and has had great success in training kids of all ages, how to play in goal. Past keepers have gone on win schoolboy representative honours and join League of Ireland clubs.
The groups are broken into junior (U8 - U12) and senior (U13 and above). The sessions are specifically tailored to different age groups and abilities, in order to bring out the talents and areas in need of work, for all the keepers.
The goalkeeper programme is one of the toughest training sessions in the club, but it is also one of the most enjoyable. The kids have a "band of brothers and sisters" attitude at the sessions, as it is designed just for goalkeepers. The junior sessions have the added benefit of the senior players helping out. The kids really enjoy the interaction with the older players that they look up to so much.
The goalkeeper head coach Mark Fitzpatrick, has been involved with the keeper sessions for over 5 years. He has developed his FAI training and coaching skills under the expertise of former Head Coach Derek Kennedy, to now run the goalkeeper programme that he is so passionate about.
Jamie Moylan joined the coaching team late last year. Jamie has coached with Preston, Blackburn, Everton and was Head Coach of NDSL goalkeepers. He has returned from America, where he was goalkeeping coach at Maryland United and McNamara University in Baltimore. Jamie's vast knowledge and experience has driven the KUFC sessions to a new level. Jamie has left no stone un-turned in planning the season, to help get the most out of all KUFC keepers.
The coaches have a policy that when the kids are enjoying themselves, they'll work hard and learn more. The feedback from managers has been fantastic, that their keepers are performing so well for their teams.
Wednesday nights in Delaford is amazing, to see the kids diving and throwing themselves around, to make the save!