Aston Villa and USA Goalkeeper Brad Guzan dropped in on a training session with three Nike Partner Clubs. Players from Coventrians RFC, Maypole FC and Rugby Town JFC enjoyed a series of interactive training drills with the Premier League Goalkeeper as part of the Nike Partner Club benefits package.
Brad worked with the coaches of the three clubs providing advice and feeback to players, this was of particular interest to the Goalkeepers in attendance who were able to learn some valuable lessons from the experianced Guzan. Following the training session, a Question and Answer session was carried out to get an understanding of Brads rise from grassroots football to the Premier League as well as his thoughts on the NPC Programme.
The Nike Partner Club initiative serves to raise standards at grassroots level, something Brad Guzan is particularly passionate about. "I Think in this country the FA and Premier League are doing a great job with grassroots level coaching, but there's always room for improvement.
"It's so important for kids in particular to enjoy their football, and the better level of coaching they receive the more likely that is to happen. Players who are enjoying their football are more likely to see quciker progress and development within their game.
"With the support of Nike and The FA, The Nike Partner Club programme provides a great opportunity for teams to develop and grow ensuring that England continue to progress as a footballing nation throughout all levels."
Nike is inviting more clubs to regsiter their interest in learning about the scheme by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or submitting your clubs details via this website. Upon receipt of your club name and contact details, a Nike Representative will be in touch to discuss the scheme, along with kit requirements and next steps.