Yesterday were joined by NC Courage (NWSL) Goalkeeper Coach, Nathan Thackeray, to share his and the club's work around the keepers from youth level to first team. There was a huge response to this presentation, and for good reason I feel. The detail that Nathan goes to in terms of his processes around the style of play and culture of the club was really impressive. I think often goalkeepers are not only trained away from the first team, but their personalities are not developed with the collective either. Nathan talked about the keepers not only fitting in with the style of play, but also the desire to get better, take risks, and even his philosophy around goalkeepers joining in the running at the end. That was a major takeaway for me, because of the natural time spent away from the group, goalkeepers have to work on closing the distance between themselves and the team, both on and off the pitch. Nathan's insight into how deliberate they are with this allows them to go an extra level of two in the depth and detail of their work.
The full presentation and interview is below.
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