Former Tamworth goalkeeping coach Lee Evans says he’s been blown away by the response to his advert for bespoke coaching sessions.
After leaving the Lamb a year ago, Evans has spent some time away from the game but is getting back into the swing of things with some socially distanced training at Sutton Coldfield’s Coles Lane ground.
As well as offering one-on-one workouts, group bookings have also proved popular, the former Lamb says – and he can’t wait to get started.
“A few of the keepers I’ve worked with in the past were messaging me asking me to put a session on, I’ve been waiting for the guidance to change so the opportunity to get this going was presented,” Evans said. “Neil Tooth has been really good with using the space at Sutton Coldfield and we’ve managed to sort something out for me to use their pitch.
“With the guidance allowing groups of up to six, it’s perfect for group sessions. I’m offering the individual time – they’re much better for the younger keepers, they can get a lot out of them because it’s usually a bit more technical.
“Group sessions can help improve the quality of the session too because it allows you to do more. I offered out some set time blocks, and they have been gobbled up straight away.
“There were some kind words being said by some well-respected people like Jaz [Singh] and Dan Crane. Dan Jezeph said I was the best in non-league, so I’ll take that!
“It’s been nice that people have reached out. The response has been incredible so that coupled with the fact I’ve not really done any coaching for 12 months means I’m very excited to get back out doing it.”
During his time at the Lamb, Evans gained plaudits for his work with the club’s youngsters such as Aidan Jeynes, Josh Barnes and Corey Samuels.
Jeynes caught they eye whilst out on loan at neighbours Atherstone Town – saving a crucial penalty in the Adders’ shootout win over Worcester City in the FA Vase.
“I always felt when I was younger that goalkeepers often got overlooked and you didn’t always get the required attention you should have.
“I’d like it to be different for the new generations. It’s such a detailed position – us goalkeepers don’t always understand it fully, that’s how detailed it is! There’s a large spectrum and different goalkeepers have completely different characters, no two are ever the same.
“The biggest thing I get a kick out of is seeing the development of the young goalkeepers and seeing it bear fruit.”
This article featured in the Tamworth Herald on Thursday 19 June 2020.