Keeping it up for Gairdoch

AIRTH. Airth Pitch, Netherby Road - Airth. Gairdoch United goalkeeping training sessions.  L-R: Coach Kevin Tocher, Michael McBride & Jack Vander Ster.
AIRTH. Airth Pitch, Netherby Road - Airth. Gairdoch United goalkeeping training sessions. L-R: Coach Kevin Tocher, Michael McBride & Jack Vander Ster.
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Gairdoch United’s young goalkeepers are in safe hands thanks to the appointment of their own goalkeeping coach.

The rare move at boys’ club level came almost by chance when Gairdoch were struggling for goalies.

“We found that some of our teams didn’t have a natural keeper,” said coach James Jack. “Some were being moved from outfield to take over, so that’s when we decided to bring in Kevin Tocher.”

The coach has senior experience and comes highly-qualified and, according to James, he is already making a difference.

“We have gone from a situation where some of our teams didn’t have a proper keeper to one where Kevin takes eight boys every Wednesday night for specialised training.

“It has really had a huge impact in terms of performances and results. We can’t thank Kevin enough.”

The Gairdoch goalkeeping school is already attracting attention elsewhere, because so few clubs at this level give specialist help.

And the club has a proud tradition of producing top players with former Falkirk keeper, Myles Hogarth, proof to the current crop of young glove men that they can make it with some help.