Chris Williams

Goalkeeper Training

Playing Career

I started my career at a local junior team at the age of 8. At the age of 10 I signed for Port Vale and played for them for around 4 years as a school boy.

At the age of 14  I signed for Everton, and was given a 2 year contract. Following a successful first season in the Under 15s at Everton I was moved up an age group to play for the Under 17’s. At this time I also had the chance to train with the squad in school holidays, and did my work experience with the Club. During my work experience I was called up to train with the first team, and trained with current Goalkeeping Coach, and former England International Chris Woods. Goalkeeper Training

At the age of 16, I moved on to sign a 3 year full time contract with Bolton Wanderers. I played in the Under 17s during my first season, captaining the team for the second half of the season. I was working on a daily basis with Goalkeeping Coach Fred Barber, and First Team Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen amongst others.

My second year was where I made my break through. I playing in the FA Youth Cup, and was in good form. I was now playing in the Under 19s as a regular, and I was selected to play for reserve team on a number of occasions during this season. This continued into my third year with Bolton.

During my third season I was selected as part of the First Team Squad for the Manchester United and Aston Villa away games which was a huge experience for me, especially as we beat Manchester United 2-1. Following this I injured my knee in training and was out for a long spell. At the end of the season I left Bolton Wanderers and was unable to continue my playing career.

I went on to study Fitness and Sports Therapy, and worked in the Fitness Industry for around 8 years, whilst coaching several Goalkeepers. I also completed my UEFA B qualification.

Pro1Keeper

In 2011 I decided to set up the Pro1Keeper Goalkeeping School. I have had a number of the Goalkeepers that i have worked with who have been taken on by professional and semi-professional clubs. I have even had the likes of Andrew Lonergan train with me during the closed season.

I also work with LFA Under 18s representative side as a Goalkeeping Coach, along with the Partially Sighted centre of excellence.

Rochdale AFC

In 2013 i became the Head Goalkeeping Coach at Rochdale AFC. I worked with the clubs Goalkeepers at first team level, along with the youth team and academy. I was responsible for the weekly planning and delivery of the Goalkeeping sessions as well as the physical development, match preparation, analysis and feedback. I also wrote the clubs Goalkeeping Syllabus in order to comply with the Elite Players performance Plan (EPPP) and saw the club through the audit.

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Manchester City FC

I am currently working at Manchester City FC within the academy. I plan and deliver the Goalkeeping sessions to Academy Goalkeepers and am also involved with the Womens First Team. I work closely with the other Goalkeeping Coaches at the club ensuring the sessions are delivered to a high standard. We have a number of international Goalkeepers at the club and their development is critical in order to get them to the next level in their career.

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England GK Coach 

In 2014 i was asked to become part of the international Goalkeeping team on a freelance basis to which Manchester City approved. This experience has been fantastic to be a part of and i am extremely proud to be representing my country in this capacity. I have covered European Championship qualifiers and European Championships.

FA Tutor

I qualified as an FA Tutor and now deliver Goalkeeping courses across the country. For this i have to deliver both the theory and practical based syllabus set by the FA and then assess candidates. During this process my job is to help improve them as coaches and to share my experiance and knowledge.

My qualifications include –

  • UEFA A (Level 4) Part 1 & 2
  • FA Advanced Youth Goalkeeping Award U17-21 (Level 4)
  • UEFA B (Level 3) Goalkeeping Qualified Coach
  • UEFA B (Level 3) Qualified Coach
  • UEFA C (Level 2) Qualified Coach
  • FA Youth Module Level 1
  • FA Youth Module Level 2
  • FA Youth Module Level 3
  • FA Youth Award
  • FA Coaching Disabled Footballers
  • FA Generic Tutor Training
  • Safeguarding Children Certified
  • FA Enhanced CRB Check
  • Diploma in Sports Therapy
  • Diploma in Fitness Training
  • FA First Aid Qualified
  • FA Licensed Coach

I am also currently undertaking the following –

  • FA UEFA Goalkeeping A Licence