Goalies of the future learn from Leyton Orient's Pro Goal Keeping Coach

September 2022

Image for press release - Leyton Orient FC's first team goal keeping coach with two Writtle University College Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development with Male Football Academy students standing in front of football goal

Leyton Orient FC's First Team goal keeping coach, Simon Royce, came down to Writtle University College on Tuesday 27th September. He carried out a training session with the two goal keepers at our Male Football Academy.

The University College's Football Academy is run in partnership with Leyton Orient FC, for students under the age of 19.

Students Matthew Huggins and Hayden Orr were put through various drills working on agility as a goal keeper including collapse dives and more.

Matthew said, "It was so great meeting a guy that I've seen play at the highest level and to be able to receive coaching from him! Hayden and I want to thank the Leyton Orient FC coaches, Colin and Liv, and the club for getting Simon down."

Simon said; "As an integral part of the first team coaching staff, I felt it important to build a relationship between us and the college programme, to show the students what we do at a professional level and inspire them."

"The coaches do an amazing job and us as a club must support the academy programmes as much as we can because we may well find the next Lawrence Vigouroux, George Moncur or Kelly Smith!"

The male academy programme launched in September 2022, and has already had received huge support from Leyton Orient FC.

The Director of Football for Leyton Orient FC, Martin Ling, is heavily involved with both academy programmes, and sees that students are provided with high level coaching and exceptional work experience opportunities within the club.

The University College will host a taster session on Monday 24th October for male and female academy programmes. For more information and to book on, please contact our Sport Development Manager, Amy, here.

To learn how you can study for Diplomas on Sports Coaching and Development, while staking part in our Football Academies, visit writtle.ac.uk/FE-Sport.