Kerala Blasters is all set to start a goalkeeping academy in Kochi. This is the first of its kind soccer school that will be solely dedicated to goalkeeping. Times of India reports more details.

John Burridge has been the appointed as the head of the program that will nurture future goalkeepers. Burridge played in goalkeeping position for Newcastle club. He has the experience of playing 771 games in both England and Scottish Leagues.

Kerala Blasters’s CEO, Viren D’Silva commented, “Being a goalkeeper requires a specific skill set and attributes. This calls for a specialized coaching approach. Our aim is to churn young Indian talent to become the best and most sought after ‘keepers in the world. We have already started scouting a few players with the right physical attributes and skill set to initiate the academy. With the experience and prowess that John brings to the table, he will be an undisputed consultant-coach for the academy.”

John Burridge commented on his associating with Kerala Blasters, “I am totally impressed by Kerala’s enthusiasm for sport. I am sure this place would be a talent pool for football.  We plan to train youngsters in goal-keeping and hope to carve a new generation of goalkeepers of Kerala and India.”


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