ABOUT GKACADEMY

Our Aim

It is been noted at many levels that England are always been lacking in goalkeepers coming through and after seeing the lack of goalkeeper coaching available to young upcoming goalkeepers I decided it was time to help out as joining in with outfielders drills or standing in goal while shots are drilled at you can only teach you so much for match days.

 

About Gkacademy

Starting in 2012 with 1-2-1 sessions before running weekly group session at Downham Town Youth. After moving venues due to requiring more space we spent another 2 years before being forced away by local club.

 

We found our new and current home moving to Southery Playing Field in 2020. With help from the village council we plan to build on the good work so far providing a fun and learning experience for all local goalkeepers at all levels.

Along with our weekly sessions in 2016 we started Norfolk's first goalkeeper tournament 'Keeper Wars' providing a totally new experience for keepers. We also plan day out trips for the group to experience professional set ups.

MEET OUR COACHES

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Nathan nicholls

Played for Clenchwarton Youth before joining Kings Lynn U18. Moved to Fakenham Town playing for U18 and reserves. During this time was selected for Norfolk County U18. Enjoyed a spell with Fakenham first team before switching to local club Downham Town where finished playing days. 

Joined Soham Town Rangers U18 as assistant manager/coach in 2012 where also started gkacademy. After 2 seasons left to concentrate on gkacademy by running weekly sessions.

Spent 1 season as goalkeeper coach at Kings Lynn Town FC in 2017/18.

Qualifications

FA Level 2 & FA Level 2 Goalkeeping

 

First Aid Trained

CRB Checked

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Luke Pearson

Luke joined the coaching team in Summer 2018 and coaches our oldest group (U13-U16)

He came through the youth teams at Downham Town FC going on to feature for the first team at just aged 17 before moving to King's Lynn Town FC in 2014. A regular in the reserve side where he helped win the Thurlow Nunn League Cup.

Featured for first team on numerous occasions before spells at Fakenham Town and Norwich United. Currently plays for Wisbech Town. 

Qualifications

FA Level 1

 

First Aid Trained

CRB Checked

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Ellie Prentice

Ellie attended our weekly sessions before joining the coaching team in 2019.

Played for Hungate Rovers Youth while also training with Peterborough United Ladies. She then made the move to King's Lynn Town Ladies FC in 2018 featuring a few times before making the breakthrough in 2019/20 becoming first team goalkeeper.

Moved to Wroxham Ladies in 2020 before resigning back for King's Lynn Ladies this summer.

Qualifications

FA Level 1

Fully qualified referee

 

First Aid Trained

CRB Checked

Max Merritt

Joined our weekly sessions while playing youth football. Joined Ely College this summer to study Sports while also helping coaching on our Monday nights.