Two former Wisbech Town goalkeepers Ian Pledger and Nick Conroy are working together coaching children of all ages and abilities to try and become the next Joe Hart.
They work at a business called Just4keepers and have linked up with the new Wisbech Town development centre, in order to help progress the local talent.
Pledger, a former Fenmen skipper and a goalkeeper coach at Peterborough United, said: “Just4keepers is one of the largest goalkeeping training schools in the world. Our coaches are all ex-pro or semi pro goalkeepers and fully qualified to work and develop children at all levels. Our best known coach in this country would be former Manchester United and Scotland keeper Jim Leighton.
“Nicky and I are working the Cambridgeshire area and as we both enjoyed our football days at the old Fenland Park we are very happy to have the opportunity to come and work at the new ground alongside Nick Hodgson from the youth set up and give something back to the club.
“We are interested in showing the young boys and girls the basic techniques, and hope to move their talents forward. The aim would be to eventually have one of the youths stepping out for the first team as has happened in recent seasons.”
Hodgson added: “It is our aim at the pdc to coach to the highest level possible and having Ian and Nick on board is another step in the right direction for us.”
Although Ian and Nick will be training Wisbech’s youth set-up, the sessions would also be open to budding young keepers in the area.
The sessions start from Wednesday, August 31 at 6.45pm and will be held weekly. If anyone is interested in coming along to a free taster session, please call Ian on 07872 630958.