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2019/20 Winter Goalkeeper Academy

2019/20 Winter Goalkeeper Program

We are proud to announce our Goalkeeper Academy Program for Winter 2019. Our program will be run by Karl Wasslen, one of our Technical Director Members and GK Program Lead. 

Karl is highly regarded in Ottawa and the Ontario region with a wealth of coaching and playing experience – Karl's bio can be found within our news section.  Briefly, Karl has professional playing experience in Romania and Germany and has coached at the University level for over 6 years.  

Karl will be assisted by Kyle Potter.  Kyle is a long time Gloucester Hornet Member who played his youth career in Gloucester and graduated into our Gloucester Hornets Men’s team as well as currently on the Carleton University 5th Nationally Ranked Men's Soccer Program in the country.  

"Our new Goalkeeper Academy Program will be one of the best programs in the city for goalkeepers looking to further develop, be challenged and motivated to reach their various pathway options. The program will be led by one of the city's most distinguished and experienced goalkeeper coaches, Karl Wasslen, aided by one our successful Hornet graduates. Both understand the demands and requirements of this unique position. We are excited to be able to provide such a high-level keeper training environment for our members within our own organization", Lead TD - Jay Da Costa

Overview

Dates:

  • Start Date - Week of October 15, 2019
  • *End Date - Week of February 16 , 2020

*This is a 12 Session Program on a 16-week span. No holidays included. Blackout dates will be announced throughout the season.

Season break between December 22, 2019, and January 5th, 2020

All sessions held at the Hornets Nest Superdome.

  • U9-U12, Sundays, 10:00 to 11:00 am, Field #2
    • Exceptions for U8's. Email the office if interested.
  • U13-U15, Sundays, 9:00 to 10:00 am, Field #2
  • U16-U18, Wednesdays, 8:00 to 9:00 pm, Field #1

*Age groups may be changed depending on numbers and there is a possibility for variations in age groups or movement depending on current development level. All decisions are GK Program Lead.

Cost: 

  • $145.00 

Program Fee Includes:

  • 1 Weekly Dome Session
  • Insurance & Registration with OSA
  • Facility & Coaches Cost

Former Hornets Goalkeeper Kayza Massey Featuring For Ghana's National Soccer Team.

Curriculum

The Goalkeeper Program curriculum is based on 4 essential key areas.

Technical: footwork, handling, diving, high balls, positioning, distribution, and communication.

Physical: Balance, coordination, speed, agility, endurance, strength and flexibility.

Mental: increase effectiveness under pressure; dealing effectively with mistakes, setbacks and criticism; maintaining self-confidence; effective decision making; bravery, concentration; motivation and discipline.

Tactical: developing a better understanding of the game; initiating attacks; commanding the penalty area; preparing for set pieces; development of outfield skills and overall tactical awareness.

If there is one certainty in soccer, it is this: The quickest road to becoming a winning soccer team is to have a great goalkeeper.

"I'm sorry, but until my last day as a coach, I will try to play from my goalkeeper." - Pep Guardiola