Oundle camp attracts keepers from all over the world

Ian Pledger at his Just4keepers course at Oundle School. Picture: David Lowndes/Peterborough ET
Ian Pledger at his Just4keepers course at Oundle School. Picture: David Lowndes/Peterborough ET
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YOUNG goalkeepers from all over the world flocked to Oundle last week for a residential camp organised by local goalkeeping coach Ian Pledger of Just4keepers.

The course, running for a second year at Oundle School, attracted 120 youngsters last year. But this year that figure swelled to 160 with some of them travelling from as far afield as Israel, Singapore, Canada, USA, Spain, Slovakia, Holland and South Africa.

There were 14 coaches at the camp, including Neil Cutler, the Scunthorpe United first team coach who played for Aston Villa, Stoke, Swansea and England at all levels up to under 23.

Also in attendance were Marcel Loer, who played professionally in Holland and was goalkeeping coach at the New York Red Bulls, just4keepers founder Ray Newland, who played at Everton and Plymouth Argyle, and Shane Nienaber, who played at Middlesborough and represented South Africa.

Over the course of the week, professionals from Leicester, Scunthorpe, Lincoln, Derby and Posh attended.

Pledger, who also coaches the Posh Academy keepers, said: “The facilities at the school are fantastic and the boys experienced what it was like to train and work like a professional for the week while having fun.

“It was a great learning experience with children from all around the world attending.”

Just4keepers are interested in developing boys and girls with specialist training from grass roots level.

In the last 14 months Just4keepers (Cambridgeshire) have helped 11 children move to professional clubs.

If anybody would like further information they can contact Pledger on 01733 751094 or 07872 630958.