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Embracing Discomfort

FA Lead National Goalkeeping Coach and England U21 Goalkeeping Coach, Tim Dittmer, brings a wealth of wisdom to his dual role as coach and coach developer.  In this interview with the 32-year-old, Player Development Project finds a coach already wise well beyond his years. 


In normal lore, it is thought that we grow wiser as we grow older.  But Dittmer has somehow figured out that wisdom isn’t necessarily a result of a long life.  Wisdom is measured by what we are willing to learn, not simply what we already know.  And learn is what Dittmer and the players he coaches do.

Let’s take a look at Tim Dittmer at work and play: on the game, on coaching, on the players and player development, on learning, on the unconventional, and even on inconvenient ways to grow confident and effective goalkeepers.  Along the way you will see italicized “Dittmerisms” found in his Twitter account over the last year or so.

Like so many Liverpool area youngsters, Tim began kicking a ball around in grassroots play somewhere around age seven or eight...

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