England Disability football at St Georges Park

By on March 20, 2013

St Georges Park is the FA’s flagship National Football Centre and the new training base for England’s 24 teams. As you would expect, the centre in Burton, which is also the home of the FA’s educational department, has been kitted out with the best training equipment (including 6 Crazy Catch Wildchild Double Troubles and 4 Crazy Catch Professional Double Troubles) and the top class facilities will hopefully enable England teams of the future to flourish. 

The B1 England disability football team held a training camp at St Georges Park this past weekend (16th/17th March) and the squads goalkeepers Lewis Skyers, Dan James and Luke Brimfield enjoyed a specialist session with the Crazy Catch rebound nets.

Lewis Skyers on the Crazy Catch Wildchild Double Trouble

Lewis Skyers on the Crazy Catch Wildchild Double Trouble

B1 England Goalkeeper training – 16th March 2013 ( Photo Album from the training camp hosted on the Crazy Catch Facebook page).

The weekend was a national training weekend for the B1 futsal squad who are currently preparing for the IBSA European Blind Championships in Italy in June. All of the squads goalkeepers are fully sighted and the team itself is made up of one sighted goalkeeper and 4 blind players for the game of B1 Blind Futsal. The Crazy Catches have been used in the past by the squads goalkeeping coach Paul Reynolds, who headed up the weekends coaching, but a conversation with Keith Rees who is the current England women’s goalkeeper coach saw Paul test out the brand new Freestyle for the first time on Saturday. During the session the static Wildchild Double Trouble (red) and the handheld Freestyle product (orange) were used to work on improving reactions. The Double Troubles in the Crazy Catch range are great for football as they have 2 insane sides which means they create an insane rebound with a football or indeed the larger, heavier ball futsal containing ball bearings used by the B1 squad.

Both Dan and Lewis played at a good level of football prior to them getting involved in disability football, where a much smaller area (2x5m) is afforded to the keeper, who must not be under a pro contract to be eligible for selection. In addition there is more of a reliance on good communication and accurate distribution skills to support their teammates.

Speaking about the weekend at St Georges Park coach Paul Reynolds commented “The goalkeepers really enjoyed using the Crazy Catches, I think they are great for reaction work and we will definitely be using  them in the future” 

As well as playing for England in European and World Champions,  Dan and Lewis, who have a wealth of experience between them represented GB in the Paralympics in London where they finished 7th … Dan also played for GB in the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 and via Twitter they gave us their thoughts on the session..

Dan James ‏@OCTOPUSDEEJ great product and very challenging. I will be using them in my training in the future for sure.

Lewis Skyers @lskyersGB fantastic bit of goalkeeping equipment, really put us through our paces.

For more information about the Crazy Catch – do contact us … we love to hear how you are using the Ultimate Rebound Net to improve your game.

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