A Goalkeepers Review

First team goalkeeper coach Clive Davies reflects on the past season, and looks ahead to an exciting future for the keepers, players and coaches at Cefn Druids.

As the season comes to a close, it’s a time of reflection assessing the past year for the academy/senior goalkeepers and the coaching staff.
From my own personal perspective, I have hit a succession of self-targets through the turbulent, COVID ridden year.

We debuted ‘academy goalkeeper’ Ben Edwards into Welsh Premier League football and he did not look out of place and I could not be a prouder coach. Bringing Ben through was one of highlights for me. At the beginning of the season, I made the decision to ensure Ben was training with Number 1 Michael Jones. This gave Ben the opportunity to see the hard work that is required to play elite football and the work ethic and standard Michael Jones commits to.

Michael Jones has been an asset to the club keepers of all ages as he passes on his experience to the younger generation with every opportunity. He has worked hard on and off the pitch, been motivated and driven to deservedly earn his opportunity between the sticks.

To get Ben ready we focused on his physique and confidence. Ben worked towards a personal program in the gym, which provided him the physicality preparation to give him the ability to deal with the toughness of the best strikers in the league.

From a coaching perspective, Assistant Head Coach Hudson Parry will shortly acquire his FAW C Certificate, but he will also have exciting opportunities which have been heavily supported by Chairman Des Williams. More on this news coming soon. We will also congratulate Chris Mis on obtaining his FAW C certificate.

We have now made the policy to recruit Goalkeeper coaches from within the academy when the opportunity arises. This was an easy decision to make as the goalkeeper will already be on board with the club philosophy and will have a good rapport with the coaching staff. The candidates obtain the coaching skills required by attending FAW coaching pathway courses, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to obtain the insight into goalkeeper coaching, whilst becoming a UEFA qualified coach.

With this recruitment, we are pleased to announce Cameron Dutton has accepted the opportunity to join the goalkeeper coaching staff. Cameron currently plays for the U16 Druids academy but will also train with first team keepers Ben Edwards and Michael Jones.

The future is also looking good within the goalkeeper academy, with some excellent talent coming through looking to be the next Ben Edwards. That said, the doors of opportunity are opening at The Rock with goalkeeper trials to go ahead shortly, so watch this space for dates and times!

More than just a football club.