Indian Super League team Kerala Blasters Football Club will launch India’s first Goalkeeping Academy at their home venue in Kochi. Former English goalkeeper John Burridge will identify and train the best goalkeeping talent.
The programme to sharpen the goalkeeping skills of exceptional talent will start with the senior players and will later be also extended to junior talent. The training schedule will also include overseas talent, ISL has reported on its official website, quoting a club official.
Kerala Blasters FC have also announced the news on their official twitter handle. “KBFC is pleased to announce that John ‘Budgie’ Burridge, will take up the role of Goalkeeping Consultant-Coach at the club! ??<,” reads the caption.
KBFC is pleased to announce that John ‘Budgie’ Burridge, will take up the role of Goalkeeping Consultant-Coach at the club! ?? pic.twitter.com/snWYVpHGRO
— Kerala Blasters FC (@KeralaBlasters) July 8, 2019
“Being a goalkeeper requires a specific set of skills and attributes. This calls for a specialised coaching approach. Our aim is to churn young Indian talent to become the best and most sought after keepers in the world. We have already started scouting a few players with the right physical attributes and skill set to initiate the academy. With the experience and prowess that John brings to the table, he will be an undisputed consultant-coach for the academy,” Mr Viren D’Silva, CEO of Kerala Blasters, is reported as saying.
Coach Burridge comes with the experience of having played 771 games in both English and Scottish leagues. Over 29 years in the field, Burridge has played for 31 different teams.
“I am totally impressed by Kerala’s enthusiasm for this sport. I am sure this place would be a talent pool for football. We plan to train youngsters in goalkeeping and hope to carve a next generation of goalkeepers for Kerala and India,” said John Burridge.