In February my son attended his second goalkeeper camp ran by Elite Goalkeeper Academy. He also receives coaching from Elite at his club so as soon as the camp was advertised I had no hesitation in booking up, and I am so pleased I did!
Dylan felt comfortable from the start despite not knowing anyone as the rapport Steve builds with the keepers is excellent.
The camp was 3 days long and each day he came home with a massive smile on his face. He talked about all the things he had learned that day, what new friendships he was making and most importantly how much fun he had been having. He was a little upset when he was picked up on day three, why? Because the camp had finished and he wished it had been on all week. We can see how much he has progressed in his game and training. He has already asked can he go to the next one and we have said yes absolutely!
If there are any parents looking at the courses, the camps or any other training elite offer, and are thinking about sending their child then please don’t hesitate, you will not have any regrets. The coaches at Elite are fantastic with children of all ages and abilities.
When Steve and Ross started coaching at my sons former club there were 2 shy, 8 year old boys from one of the clubs younger teams. They were complete beginners. A few months later I went to watch a training …session and the change in these 2 young boys was unbelievable! I couldn’t believe what they had achieved in such a short space of time because of the excellent training they had been receiving!
My son Dylan was ready for a step up and a new challenge this year, Steve put his faith in him and recommended him to another club he coaches, Blyth Town, and we cannot thank him enough for all he has done, and will continue to do with Dylan. The rate at which Elite GK Academy has grown speaks for itself! As always, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
Alex ( Green ) has always enjoyed your style of coaching and looks forward to his sessions. I have seen a huge improvement in his ability and confidence.
He currently plays for Felling Magpies U 11’s and they are delighted with his progress.
After the very first session with Steve and Dan, Jacob was diving! His confidence both on and off the field has increased week on week and this is down to the training and explanations Jacob has received from both guys. Jacobs game has improved 100% and still improves week after week. He’s now being awarded man of the match regularly, the praise from his team mates, coaches and other team coaches is fantastic! Jacob loves his one to one sessions and plans all week what he wants to ask Steve to work on next. Thank you Elite for showing Jacob that listening, practice and commitment gives results (not just in football) I would definitely continue to recommend
I could not recommend Elite Goalkeeper Academy enough! Brilliant coaching which is fun and friendly. Jack looks forward to his session every week!..
The coaching is always first class, and tailored to ability.
Sessions are well planned and organised. The pace is always good but young goalkeepers also get individual attention to help them improve.
However I think that Steven’s greatest asset, which sets him apart from others is the way he engages with the goalies…..he always hits the right note between working hard to improve, and having fun so that the kids are “eating out of his hand,” and hence improving in leaps and bounds almost without realising it.
Thom always leaves with a feel good factor and loves the sessions.
His skills as a goalkeeper have improved immensely as has his confidence during matches.
We are always happy for Thom to go to the academy because we are confident that it will be worthwhile whatever the activity, whatever the location and whatever the weather! The value for money is unbeatable.
I would recommend Elite Goalkeeper Academy to any kid wanting to learn and enjoy the art of goalkeeping… My son has worked with Elite through his Boys Club and has also had 1 to 1 coaching from Steve himself. He has not only thoroughly enjoyed every session but he has improved greatly.
Steve’s knowledge of the game and ability to deal with goalkeepers of all ages is fantastic.
My son has, since training with elite progressed from the 3rd team to the 1st team and is continuing to learn and improve.
This review was written by my Son, Joe Ross, NUFC Foundation & Cramlington United U11’s goalkeeper :
Steven Rodden is a marvellous coach who’s sessions have really helped me a lot.
There were lots of different types of sessions such as shot-stopping, 1v1s, kicking and throwing and to finish it all off there was a fun night filled with lots of games such as keeper wars and many more.
Since it was a variety of all ages we got split into two groups, everyone under10 would be together and everyone 10 or over would be in the older group.
He is a coach who will work on you with something until it gets perfect, so you will emerge a better goalkeeper than when you started.
He has helped me work on my technique as a goalkeeper and I hope he carries on doing these 8 week courses. When I go back I hope to learn about my kicking a bit more, and so far, Steve has been an excellent coach.
This was Jacks first time attending the goal keeper soccer camp! He really enjoyed it, learnt alot in 2 days like scooping, handling and kicking! He was that impressed on the first day he wanted me to take a video of him of what he had learnt and he had never done that before! He said everyone was so friendly, and can’t wait to attend in October! As a parent all I want is for my son to be happy and to be able to attend a camp and come away with more confidence and skills and …he definitely did that! Happy little boy thanks Steven
Since this post Jack has attended an 8 week course and has learnt so much from this and has been able to use these skills in his games! He has also started one to one sessions that Jack was a bit apprehensive about but was made to feel comfortable that he has grown in confidence and taking this confidence into his matches! The difference in Jack from a year ago is incredible I have had so many compliments about his abilities and that is down to the great work of Steven and his team alongside his club coach! The beat decision I ever made bringing Jack to Elite
My 7 year old son has been attending these sessions for over a year as part of Whitley Bay Boys Club. He has improved so much in all areas of goalkeeping. Steve is very knowledgeable and adapts his language to cater for the age of the children. The sessions are fun and varied and they are the highlight of my son’s week! He really enjoys working with Dan too!
Our son attends 1 on 1 sessions with Steven. Steven has the ability to bring out the best in him. He makes the sessions hard work, interesting, fun and enjoyable all the while by being encouraging and supportive. We’ve seen a big improvement in our sons confidence as this is his time to focus on his weaker attributes and push the boundaries to become stronger and better. Steven is a professional, friendly, encouraging person and a brilliant GK coach! Would highly recommend.