Tag Archives: Goalkeeper

Maddie Hinch is the GB hero as hockey hits the headlines

8 wins out of 8 saw GB women’s scoop an incredible first Olympic hockey gold medal with Crazy Catch ambassador Maddie Hinch putting in a man of the match performance saving a penalty flick in the game and 5 shuffles in the shootout. Cue a twitter explosion and out pouring of superlatives from the great british public, who had been swept up by the passion and belief showed by all the squad, let superbly by retiring captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, who was subsequently chosen as team GB’s flag bearer in the closing ceremony.

With Maddie and her team mates making both the front and back pages and being chosen by the likes of Sir Steve Redgrave as their Rio 2016 highlight, the girls have certainly achieved their objectives of “Being the difference, Creating history and Inspiring the future” as well as sending the profile of the sport to the next level.

Crazy Catch first met Maddie back at Bisham Abbey in 2011 when the Ultimate Rebound Net was used for vision training and by legendary goalkeeper coach John Hurst for reaction training.


Maddie vision training at Bisham in May 2011

Then in 2013 we filmed our first video “Not Giving In” before Maddie joined as an official ambassador earlier this year and we created some awesome new content in Holland, alongside FIH goalkeeper of the year David Harte. You can watch all these videos plus some great content with Self Pass on our hockey playlist …

Next up, Maddie will be moving to Holland to play for dutch club Stichtse (SCHC). Stay tuned for more training footage with Crazy Catch, the Ultimate Rebound Net for hockey and a great way to take your game to the next level, whatever your sport. If you have any messages of congratulations for Maddie or the GB hockey team, just comment below …

PLUS Enter our competition to be in with a chance of WINNING a Crazy Catch for your club http://traininsane.pagedemo.co/ 


#ReindeerTraining episode seven: Crazy Catch for goalkeeping with Siobhan Chamberlain and Sophie Hillyerd

Women’s World Cup bronze medallist, goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain and guest star Sophie Hillyerd (our competition winner to celebrate Sio reaching 300k likes on Facebook) train the Reindeer’s how to fly in the final #ReindeerTraining session from Crazy Catch to help them on their Christmas present delivering mission.

The Crazy Catch is a very popular goalkeeping training aid used by many top clubs around the world to improve their game. The speed the ball comes off the net is exceptionally quick and the INSANE side produces a highly unpredictable rebound – all thanks to the award winning Crazy Catches unique patented net technology. Train INSANE or remain the same this Christmas.

Crazy Catch makes a great sporting Christmas gift whatever your sport … shop online at leading football retailers now to get yours delivered in time for the big day!!

Sio 300k competition … terms and conditions


Siobhan Chamberlain has just reached 300,000 likes and to celebrate the England goalkeeper and World cup bronze medallist, is partnering with Crazy Catch – the Ultimate Rebound Net, to give you the chance to star in the final #ReindeerTraining festive animation! To enter, all you need to do is post a crazy photo of your face along with a short sentence on why you should be picked as the winner … Entries only accepted on Sio’s Facebook page

#ReindeerTraining - Sio 300k comp
Prize : The winner will star alongside Siobhan in the final #ReindeerTraining festive animation from Crazy Catch. You face will be animated as an elf and we will be putting the reindeer through their paces in a goalkeeping training session! PLUS you will also win a Crazy Catch of your choice and a signed pair of Reusch gloves.

You have until midday Friday (11.12.2015) so get posting! Then the winner will be announced on Monday 14th and the new animation live on Wednesday 16th on the Crazy Catch You Tube channel and Sio’s facebook on Wednesday. Good Luck

Win a Crazy Catch for Christmas with the Soccer Store

The Crazy Catch is one of the most popular sporting Christmas gifts at the Soccer Store and the perfect way to have fun and improve your footballing skills. Enter the competition now to be in with a chance of winning one of our best-selling Crazy Catch models, the Wildchild Double Trouble (which will be delivered to the winners home in time for Christmas).

Enter to win yourself a Crazy Catch Wildchild Double Trouble

Enter to win yourself a Crazy Catch Wildchild Double Trouble

The innovative Crazy Catch has two different sides – a SANE side with small netting to work on your control and technique and the INSANE side which is much more unpredictable and will really improve your game!! (or choose the classic range for small netting on both sides). Watch our latest #ReindeerTraining animation for football now

The award winning Ultimate Rebound Net range is used by professionals to improve their skills and will add variety and fun to any training session. Develop your first touch, passing accuracy and work on your shooting and volleying technique or for goalkeepers, practice your reaction saves, shot stopping, handling and develop your distribution skills. Crazy Catch means you can train alone or create fun games to play anywhere with your friends.

SHOP NOW FOR CRAZY CATCH PRODUCTS AT THE SOCCER STORE  > … It really is this year’s perfect sporting Christmas gift!!

The ‘Keep Goal’ goalkeeping academy is coming this summer to Milton Keynes

The “Keep Goal” goalkeeping academy is the brainchild of goalkeeping coach Tony O’Neill who wants to introduce a new goalkeeping academy running through school holidays this summer at Leon School.


“We excel in high standards of professionalism and courtesy and ensure that all students are treated in this manner during their time with us. Our staffing team provide a fun and engaging environment for all students to develop and reach their own individual goals” says Tony O’Neill

Ethan Wallbank a current pupil said “Tony is an approachable, hardworking, totally committed goalkeeper coach whose hunger and desire for the game is shown in the development of his goalkeepers. The new academy that Tony is creating will be a massive asset for any goalkeeper with the desire to improve their technique”

Keep Goal academy is open to all goalkeepers aged 7-16 and will be running a three day course over two separate weeks. The week will provide a mixture of practical and classroom sessions covering all technical areas of goalkeeping and distribution. The goalkeeper will also receive tactical information through presentations and game understanding workshops suitable for each specific age group.

The “Keep Goal” goalkeeping academy will be supported by The One Glove Company and Crazy Catch which are both brands used and endorsed by Tony himself.

So for any wannabe Joe Harts or Karen Bardsley’s in the Milton Keynes and surrounding area we encourage you to come and give it a shot…

Dates and Times:

5th August, 6th August and 7th August (10 am-3 pm) at Leon School, MK2 3HQ

24th August, 25th August and 26th August (10 am-3 pm) at Leon School, MK2 3HQ

The cost of the 3 day academy training is £20 per player each day or £50 for the 3 day course


To confirm your son or daughters place you can call Tony O’Neil on 07583 660431, email gkunion@me.com or complete the short booking form below …

Me and My Crazy Catch – J4K goalkeeper training drills especially for aspiring young keepers

Me and My Crazy Catch is a series of 3 videos brought to you by J4Ktv featuring Jack – an aspiring young goalkeeper. The videos feature various ideas and drills which are perfect for training at home in the garden with your Crazy Catch … Jack is using our most popular model for football, the Wildchild Double Trouble.

Part 1 – Handling and Footwork

Part 2 – Diving

Part 3 – Reactions

The Crazy Catch is a unique training product with the Wildchild Double Trouble having two different net sizes – one smaller which is great for a more repetitive drill where a consistent feed is required, whilst the reverse is more INSANE and is great for reaction saves and adding unpredictability into your training sessions. The great thing about all these J4K drills is that you can train alone, with very little space required – just add a ball and a Crazy Catch and have fun improving your game.

For more information about J4K coaching in your area visit their website http://just4keepers.co.uk/

Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas, under the tutelage of Luis Llopis, is taking the World Cup by storm

Keylor Navas says the fearless Costa Rica team can go on being World Cup world-beaters after their victory on penalties last night against Greece put them in the last eight.

Navas saves against Greece to put Costa Rica into the WC quarter finals

Navas saves against Greece to put Costa Rica into the WC quarter finals

The hero of the shoot-out said: ‘We left our fear at home – that is why we came through a group that had three former World Cup winners in it. We are not afraid of anyone.’

Levante star Navas is now the World Cup’s most wanted keeper with the tiny Spanish club appearing unlikely to be able to keep hold of their star stopper whose contract runs out in one year and buy-out clause stands at just £6.5million.

Last season Navas finished as La Liga’s second-best goalkeeper based on goals conceded, and the best based on the number of saves made. Whilst it was Courtois who conceded fewest goals, he had the best defence in Spain in front of him. At Levante, Navas had no such protection as was clear on the opening day of the season when he let in seven at the Nou Camp.

‘I have had a tough journey to get where I am but I’ve fought hard and now I’m reaping the rewards,’ Navas said, recalling how Spanish club Albacete plucked him from Costa Rica’s biggest side Saprissa in 2010. He moved to first division Levante a year later and in the first two seasons he was understudy to Uruguayan Gustavo Gustavo Munua but last season became No 1 and the hard work put in under the tutelage of one of Spain’s most respected goalkeeping coaches, Luis Llopis, has reaped dividends.

Luis Llopis - Navas' coach at Levante

Luis Llopis – Navas’ coach at Levante

He arrived with the reputation for being a spectacular shot-stopper but Llopis believed he could become even quicker in his area. He is now four or five kilos lighter than when he arrived and Llopis says: ‘Hours of training drills based on speeding-up his ability to accelerate, brake and change direction quickly in his area have paid off.’

After attending the Goalkeeping Conference last summer in Reading, where Llopis saw the Crazy Catch range he knew it was a product that he had to have in his armoury with the spanish philosophy and focus on reactions being the specific outcomes developed by training with the Ultimate Rebound Net. The video below show Luis and Keylor in pre-season training last year

We wish Keylor all the best in the quarter final against the Netherlands on Saturday evening