The future of Bridgwater’s youth football setup is in safe hands with former professional goalkeeper Steve Phillips, due to setting up his own goalkeeping school in the town.

Steve, who played 628 professional games during his career, spent 10 years at Bristol City, 4 at Bristol Rovers and 5 at Crewe Alexandra, before retiring as a full-time player in 2015.

Since retirement, Steve has remained in the professional game with roles as either Head of Academy or First Team Goalkeeping at Liverpool, Crewe Alexandra, Bristol Rovers and is currently Head of Goalkeeping at Yeovil Town.

During this time, the Rovers and City legend has set up a successful school in Midsomer Norton, with former keepers progressing on to professional club setups including Swindon Town, Bristol Rovers, Liverpool and Yeovil Town.

Lucy Heal, a parent from Steve’s Midsomer Norton school, said,

“My 14 year old son Callum has been goalkeeping since he was 8 years old and began training with Steve in June this year. Callum is now under contract with Yeovil Academy who train 3 nights per week but chooses to still attend Steve’s training on a Monday as he loves it and didn’t want to give it up. The training Steve provides is second to none and I would highly recommend him to train any aspiring young goalkeeper.”

Steve, who has recently relocated to the area, said,

“I’m always heartened by the feedback from my keepers and their parents, but more than anything the reviews that comment on players improvement in attitude, confidence and personal growth, stand out the most. It takes a certain type of person to stand in goal and my school’s not only develop a player’s goal keeping skills and improve their chances of making it in to the professional game, they also develop them as a person and give them a breadth of additional life skills. It goes without saying that there’s no better reward than one of my keepers being selected for the youth setup at a professional club. My links to a range of clubs give my keepers that added extra on top of the level of coaching they receive.”

He continued to comment,

“I’ve recognised a huge commitment within the town, from the College, Bridgwater Town FC and the many youth teams in the area, to invest and develop young players. With this kind of local support within the game, and the wide range of opportunities for players to gain game experience, my school’s provide the perfect opportunity for goalkeepers to develop their skills and then put them into practice within a game situation.”

Steve Phillips Elite Goalkeeping School term launches at Bridgwater College Astroturf on Tuesday 23 April, with two age ranges; 7-11 year olds will train from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, and 12-17 year olds from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. The cost for the term is £60 per keeper and must be paid in full at the first session.

Limited places are available and must be booked in advance by emailing [email protected].

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