More Than 70 Coaches Braved the Cold Weather to Learn From Some of British Columbia’s Best Goalkeeping Coaches

Luca Dalla Pace of BC Soccer,  Marius Rovde of Whitecaps FC, and Hamed Mahmoudi of Quebec Soccer delivered two successful Goalkeeper Coach Development Sessions at Fortius Sport and Health Field

Vancouver BC, December 13, 2013 – BC Soccer’s second annual Goalkeeping Coach Development Sessions at Fortius Sport and Health Field were a huge success despite the extremely cold temperatures.  More than 70 coaches and 40 EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) goalkeepers braved the cold weather on December 4 and December 5 as Marius Rovde, Whitecaps FC Goalkeeper Coach, Hamed Mahmoudi, former Quebec Soccer Goalkeeper Coach, and Luca Dalla Pace, BC Soccer Goalkeeper Development Coordinator delivered the coach development sessions. 

“Sessions like this are important in the development of goalkeepers across British Columbia,” said Luca Dalla Pace, BC Soccer Goalkeeper Program Coordinator. “These sessions give scouts an additional opportunity to see some of British Columbia’s top young goalkeepers whilst equipping coaches with the tools and plans to further their goalkeeper’s development. Furthermore, these sessions also directly align with our Coach Education and Continuing Evaluation objectives within the BC Soccer strategic plan.”

Marius Rovde, Whitecaps FC Goalkeeper Coach, delivered the Wednesday night session, which covered movement and positioning for crosses and high balls. The session showcased goalkeepers from BC Soccer’s Premier League and showed coaches activities and activity adaptations that they could then take back to their clubs and teams.

“It’s our responsibility as leaders in goalkeeper development to share knowledge and offer sessions like these,” said Marius Rovde, Whitecaps Goalkeeper Coach.  “Being able to share my knowledge and showcase tools and plans that help to improve goalkeeper coaches is a big reason I became a coach.”

The Thursday night session covering footwork and shot stopping was delivered by Hamed Mahmoudi.  Similar to the Wednesday night session, Mahmoudi showcased the sessions again using top youth keepers from the BCSPL. 

It is very beneficial for coaches of all levels to have such sessions at their disposal,” said Hamed Mahmoudi. “The art of goalkeeping is a unique one and it is very important to promote the proper coaching methods and techniques.”

Unfortunately, due to the extreme cold weather, the two sessions scheduled for Friday December 6 had to be cancelled for player and coach safety.

To watch a ‘point of view’ video of the sessions please click HERE

For more information on BC Soccer’s Goalkeeper Coach Development Sessions please contact:

Luca Dalla Pace
BC Soccer Goalkeeper Program Coordinator

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. Its vision is to pursue Canada's foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence.

BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

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