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Goalkeeper Training at St. Albans City Youth FC


About Our Sessions

At St Albans City Youth, we recognise that goalkeepers have a huge role to play within any team. Therefore, we pride ourselves on giving our goalkeepers the opportunity to learn the skills required to achieve their own goals, whether that be pure enjoyment or to reach higher levels within football.

We centre our curriculum on three C’s…

  • Core Technique
  • Communication
  • Confidence
  • Updates on what we will be covering each week
  • A chance to see who’s action shot has won Save of the Week- within our sessions
  • The ability to have your questions answered directly by one of our coaches

In teaching and instilling these key requirements for any goalkeeper and aiding their transfer to game situations, we aim to nurture confidence within each goalkeeper to have faith in their own ability, despite the emotional roller coaster that being a goalkeeper entails.

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About our Coaches

Alex Gates is the Interim Head Goalkeeper Coach at St Albans City Youth supported by City Youth Head Community Coach Julius Ilori. He will be leading our Curriculum based Friday sessions. Having worked at the club for three years. Having been taught by coaches affiliated with Chelsea and Arsenal Ladies, he has a deep knowledge and understanding of the position. As a qualified coach, he possesses the skill, knowledge and enthusiasm necessary to develop your child’s ability as a goalkeeper.

Alex Gates will also be leading the Tuesday Drop in sessions, having shown excellence as one of our top young coaches in his three years coaching with us. Currently playing for semi-professional side Colney Heath, Alex has gained vast experience as a goalkeeper having worked with coaches affiliated with Arsenal ladies and Chelsea football club, as a well as the opportunities given to him to coach.

Our Timetable

Day of session

Time of session

Age range

Type of session

Lead coach

Assistant coach



All ages

Drop in

Alex Gates

Top Young Coach




Curriculum based Programme

Alex Gates

Tom Johnson




Curriculum based Programme

Alex Gates

Tom Johnson










Friday session Payment

Goalkeepers must pay half termly online via the Club website before the second session of each half term. Players registered with St Albans City Youth FC will be charged £25 per half term, whilst non St Albans City Youth FC players will be charged £40 per half term.

To pay for the Friday Goalkeeper Training session, visit and click on the Goalkeeper Coaching link.


All sessions will be held at Nicholas Breakspear School on Pitch 3