AZKALS starting goalkeeper Neil Etheridge continues his program to help football development in the country with the second staging of his goalkeeping school at the Manila Polo Club in Makati starting in June.
The Neil Etheridge School of Goalkeeping is a one-of-a-kind football school where students can expect to learn different aspects of goalkeeping, straight from the Azkals stalwart himself.
“I want to give back as much as I can, because really I’ve been the national team goalkeeper now since 2008. It’s been a long time," said Etheridge on his motivation for starting the school.
Etheridge has had the opportunity to work with the likes of Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer and World Cup finalist Martin Stekelenburg, and he is keen to impart what he’s learned over the course of his young career to young talents in the Philippines.
“I don’t believe that there’s a goalkeeping school that offers what I have to offer, with experience as much as I have in a goalkeeping sense,” he said.
In the NE1 Goalkeeping School, students will learn not just the art of stopping shots, but also kicking and the executing different saves – from the low ones and the high ones, as well as cross taking, positioning and angled shots.
“There are so many things the goalkeeper has to do, and he has to be an outfield player as well as a goalie. You’re asked to do so much,” said Etheridge.
Etheridge also emphasized that the school will have a good balance of hard training on skills development as well as an enjoyable experience for kids to take pleasure playing football.
“The main thing is to enjoy it. They can expect enjoyment, it will definitely be fun,” he shared.
“Students can expect to work hard, but it’s gonna be fun and they’ve gone out after the course with new confidence. They’ve come out and become a better person, and I believe they’ve come out to become a better goalkeeper,” he added.
The Neil Etheridge Goalkeeping School will run from June 9-22, 2016 at the Manila Polo Club. For more information, please email contact@NE1gk.com or call +639179773111.