When looking at the top goalkeepers of the modern era they all share certain attributes which make a world class goalkeeper. Solid goalkeeping technique on handling, a variety of methods to distribute the ball, the agility, speed and spring needed to move around the goal mouth in order to make them a highly effective member of any team.
The best goalkeepers also have the presence needed to fill those around them with confidence, knowing that they have a capable, calm and assured figure behind them, not to mention arguably the most important attribute a goalkeeper will posses - having the character to deal with the ups and downs the life of a goalkeeper is sure to experience.
This got the GK Icon team thinking about the ingredients needed to create a world class goalkeeper and after much discussion we created what you see now - GK Icon.
Our belief is that there are certain advantages that some are born with but the majority can be learned through dedicated, focused hard work. So with that being the case we asked ourselves what can we do to help make this goal of becoming the best goalkeeper you can be, a reality?
Goalkeeper Coaching & Training - Multi-Discipline Approach
We have gathered together many different aspects, from an array of sports to link in different ideas, all of massive benefit to the modern goalkeeper.
Examples such as experts in the field of yoga, psychology, nutrition, physiotherapy, kicking coach, strength and conditioning as well as a leading sports agency have all had their input into what you see.
Each GK Icon coach will receive a GK Icon manual packed full of drills as well as content/e-books from these various fields in order to help train our goalkeepers in a way that will allow them the greatest opportunity of reaching their potential.
All these links haven’t just happened, there has been a lot of thought put into each subject and even more thought into the individuals heading each subject and contributing to our goalkeeping ethos.
Let’s face it, the art of goalkeeping has changed: today’s top goalkeepers are finely tuned athletes and each area we have links too will have the tools to help make you just that.
GK Icon is here with one simple mission statement clearly outlined from the off – to create the very best goalkeepers of the future.
GK Icon - A New Approach to Goalkeeping Coaching
We have gathered together a fantastic array of goalkeepers past and present to throw in ideas on what is required to reach the very top. In our innovative Keepers Corner you'll find tips and advice from some of the worlds best, all FREE of charge, a fantastic avenue to add to your goalkeeping education.
We can promise that a goalkeeping training session with GK Icon will be different from anything you will have done before; we will place more emphasis on speed, agility and spring than most and can promise that you will feel more powerful and confident in your game than ever before. Each of our coaches is armed with a variety of goalkeeping drills/exercises that are designed to stretch you out of your comfort zones and ultimately help improve you.
In England there is a stereotypical idea of an English keeper being tall and immobile, but the goalkeepers we want to create would be more in the mould of an Iker Cassillas, Shay Given or Pepe Reyna. The reason we mention these names are due to the way they play the game, they truly are athletes possessing all the ingredients that are desired in the modern goalkeeper.
We use Pepe Reina as an example; now he has solid technique when it comes to handling but the beauty of his game is the speed at which he does everything, he is one of Liverpool’s most creative players, his side volley is exquisite and a fantastic weapon when building an attack. He’s positive on claiming crosses and has the ability to make game changing saves just to mention a few of his attributes.
GK Icon Goalkeeper Training Methods
GK Icon goalkeeper training methods will focus on techniques such as the variety of distribution open to a goalkeeper; our coaches will give you techniques and drills that will increase your explosive power in your legs so that you make saves like never before.
We’ll help improve diving technique so that you have no fear in throwing yourself knowing that you’ll land gracefully, and most importantly we’ll help to instil in you the positive attitude and confidence that we know is vital to any goalkeeper who has ambitions of reaching the top.
We know what can be achieved if you put your mind to it, many of our consultants have already explored that path successfully, we therefore know the script you need to follow and our goal is simply to help you achieve your goals!
And in Addition ....
Alongside the weekly goalkeeper training sessions, we will also be running goalkeeper coaching camps in the UK and abroad.
So whether it be playing in the Premier League or just getting fit, making friends and enjoying yourself, GK Icon is here for you!
We hope to see you at one of our centres soon.
Many thanks and we would like to welcome you to your goalkeeping oasis.