A new program in the Pilbara has been launched to help train aspiring goalkeepers for modern soccer and the rigours of goalkeeping.
The Karratha Goalkeeping Program 2022, run by Football West Pilbara, is a specialised four-week course taking place at Tambrey Oval in Karratha.
It will coached by Sarthak Mishra and focus on improving the players skills and fitness as well as learning new techniques.
Football West community participation officer Pilbara Mishra said the program was designed to prepare goalkeepers for modern football.
“It focuses on not only saving goals but lots of preventative approach and pro active behaviour. It will allow them to seamlessly blend with the rest of the team and still have a strong individual role to play within the game,” he said.
Mishra said participants in the Pilbara should not be disadvantaged by their location.
“Hence why, this is one of the many steps that we have taken to address that barrier,” he said.
“This is first time ever that a goalkeeping program is being delivered in the Pilbara region. We have some amazing players in our region and we want to support them as much as we can.
Participant Robyn Woods, 15, said she had been goalie for five years and has always loved soccer
“I’ve always seen women’s football on the TV and I’ve wanted to try and achieve the same level as they play,” she said.
Woods was hoping the program would improve her ability to move with the ball and learn new techniques.
Meanwhile, 14-year-old Ethan Woodhill will said he had been playing as goalkeeper for two years.
“It will help me improve my skills, new ways of being a goalkeeper, communication and learn how to be better basically,” he said.