Today we are lucky enough to have my friend and youth development coach Andy Moran along for a quick chat, personally I have been lucky enough to have had the experience of working on the same pitch and catching a glimpse of his work, and I was keen to share some of this with you, perhaps inspire you to get a taste of the crazy world of goalkeeping, so with out further ado lets get started.
First of all its great to have you along Andy and I think I speak on behalf of everyone to say its very generous of you to spend some time with us.
Q – So before we start a little more in depth, I think our audience would like to know you a little better, so tell us a little about yourself?
I’m Andy and I’m head of youth goalkeeping at Glasgow City FC
I’m 36 years old and operations manager for one of Scotland’s biggest construction and maintenance companies as well as my coaching role at City so thankfully I have a very understanding family.
Q – Certainly, active at Glasgow Green with City I remember it being a very busy environment and I know that City take the development of their kids very seriously. So on that note what was your inspiration to become a coach?
Probably the fact that as a young keeper you never really got coaching of a decent level unless you were lucky enough to play with a top team, I myself was lucky to play at a club with a high standard of GK coaching, so that’s kind of what inspired me, to make sure young keepers get the coaching they deserve regardless of where they play their football
Q – Yeah I know what you mean, coaching has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years especially in the world of Goalkeeping, so in terms of the academy, what age groups do you look after?
In terms of the youth academy we have kids as young as 5-6 attending and having fun learning the basics of football and even a couple of them want to be keepers so I make sure I can always spend some time with them before my session with the older keepers starts
In any one session I can have up to 6 keepers from the youth teams from the 11’s up to the 17’s all working together this I feel is beneficial as the younger keepers can learn more from working along side the older ones and the older keepers can pass on advice and help them out
It also helps when I take the first team sessions as I will have my 15’s and 17’s keepers working closely with Lee Alexander which is great for thier development
Q – Yes it does sounds like you’re a very busy man, so are there any success stories you could tell us from your academy/city ventures?
There isn’t really a success story as such as every time my keepers pull on thier city top and step onto the park to play that’s enough for me that they are good enough to play for such a top club, there is one event though that to this day still makes me laugh to myself with a bit of self pride
It was coming up to the league cup final last season and our keeper was going on holiday and missing the game and unfortunately our other keeper was cup tied to the team we had in the final, so we asked the question of the girls at training who would like to step in and play in goals for the final,
Our centre half Annie early duels stepped up and after only a week of goalkeeping coaching the final was on us. She was calm, I was nervous but she played a fantastic game keeping a clean sheet with a few good saves to help the team beat rangers 3-0, what a great day
Q – If you had the opportunity to change football what would it be?
I would make sure girls get the same advantages as the boys, some of the house talent out there goes unnoticed due to sometimes lack of support for the women’s game in scotland, which I must say is changing, but slowly.
Q –Its good to see that progress is being made, so currently what is your opinion on the young girls of today’s game?
Women’s football in general is a far more technical game, what the young girls lack in strength they make up for in technical ability and desire to succeed.
Q – So what do you predict for the future? And what are your plans?
I predict in years to come the women’s game in scotland is undoubtedly going to escalate when you see the stanard the coaches are brining through the youth ranks of thier clubs. Currently my plans are to develop the next generation of goalkeepers for city and continue to work with the keepers in the west region All i can say is by us all working together we can make the women’s game great in scotland and we all need to keep doing what we’re doing and work hard for the kids.
Thanks again to Andy for answering the few questions I had for him, his work was been noticed and as he stated before hand he has progressed to working as a west region coach for the SFA, along with working for City. Good luck to his family!
Thank you Gillen