Goalkeeper Coaching

Oxford Hockey Club offers high-quality goalkeeper training for boys and girls, for all abilities from beginner level upwards.  See the Training page for details of when the training sessions take place.

Hockey goalie training is often a neglected area – and if you look at the websites of most other clubs, you’ll see that it hardly gets a mention – but not at Oxford H.C.!

We provide almost 6 hours of dedicated goalkeeper coaching per week across the age ranges from Under 10 to adults and are proud to offer the following:

  • Specialist goalie training for all levels (take a look at our video, above, to get an idea of the kind of coaching we offer)
  • Video analysis to help every player improve
  • Well-qualified coaches
  • Quality kit available for youngsters to use.
Junior goalkeeper in action versus Bicester

Under 18 goalie Sophie in action – having started as a junior, Sophie currently plays for the ladies’ second team (thanks to Shaun Jackson of Bicester HC for the photo)

We have a dedicated goalkeeper coach, Paul Hogben, and also utilise the skills of our men’s first team keeper, ex-England Under 21 international Chris Mitty, to lead our Junior Academy GK coaching.

Our goalie training sessions are not ‘kill the GK sessions’! Instead, we focus on getting the technique right and how to transfer good technique to matchplay. We cater for all abilities in both the junior and adult sections. We recently received a £250 donation with which we purchased a video camera, used during training sessions to help analyse technique and facilitate improvement.

Six of our junior keepers were selected in 2012 for the Oxfordshire Junior Academy Centre Squads (previously known as the county teams) across the under 13 to under 17 age ranges and last season one of our goalies was invited to the Junior Regional Performance Centre.

A junior goalkeeper training session

A junior goalkeeper training session

Thanks to a successful funding bid by three of our junior players, to the Oxfordshire Councils Positive Activities Fund, we were able to spend £5750 in 2012 on 7 new goalkeeper kits for the junior section of the club. Our supplier donated a further £600 of equipment, so we are now very well-equipped to further improve the goalkeeping capability at the club, and welcome enquiries from new players.

No other local club offers the range and quality of goalkeeper coaching and goalkeeper development opportunities that Oxford Hockey Club offers. Not only that, but if you do provide your own kit, the annual membership is free.


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