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I’m Dave Whalley

Head Coach – Dave Whalley Goalkeeping

Helping Aspiring Goalkeepers Realise Their Dreams Through Fun & Game Realistic Coaching


Individuals & Groups

Dave Whalley Goalkeeping runs sessions for individuals or groups during the week.

Current group sessions available are Young Beginners, Beginners,  Intermediate and Elite. These are held on a Saturday morning at various times at John Curtin School  in Fremantle. Currently  the Young Beginners session runs on a Friday  evening also  at John Curtin School.

Private sessions are run at convenient times for the goalkeeper whilst  Amateur and Social goalkeeping  sessions are run generally on a Wedsenday evening throughout the week also at John Curtin School in Fremantle.


Clubs, Schools & Clinics

Dave Whalley Goalkeeping works with W.A. NPL club Inglewood United along with Murdoch University Melville Football Club who play in W.A. State League Division 2.

Current schools include South Coast Baptist College Specialty Football Program along with John Curtin Football Program in Fremantle.

Goalkeeping clinics are run during the school holidays for a variety of ages and levels.




Helping You Realise Your Goalkeeping Potential



Using the latest in goalkeeper coaching techniques, we focus on skills and understanding of key aspects such as:







Tailored program for individual goalkeeper

Liaise with parents / club to tailor program


Tailored for age and ability

Regular assessments

Friday and Saturday at John Curtin, Fremantle


Throughout the year, we run 2-day clinics during the school holidays. The clinics are ideal to get a taste of what it means to have specialised goalkeeper coaching. We also run a 6-week pre-season camp in November – December. This gives the keepers the opportunity to work on their conditioning and goalkeeping skills.





Customised program to encourage, improve and ensure that all the athletes look to be the ‘best goalkeepers that they can be’.

Assist clubs with goalkeeping strategy, ensuring team coaches have the tools to get the most out of the goalkeepers


Define and execute goalkeeping strategy in liaison with the school coaches and help position the school as a unique education institution for goalkeepers.

What Is Goalkeeper Coaching?
Who is It For?

Until recently, goalkeepers have typically been trained with the outfield players and not received specialised goalkeeper training. As a former goalkeeper, I recognise that goalkeeping requires very different skills to that of outfield players and have dedicated the past 15-20 years coaching goalkeepers. I have defined a process and methodology for developing high quality goalkeepers based on their age and skills level.

My process and methodology lean heavily towards game realistic training sessions being created in the coaching environment as opposed to isolated practices. This practice encourages the goalkeepers to be constantly making decisions and is easily transferred into the games.

Individual Goalkeepers

We offer both individual and group coaching sessions and many of our goalkeepers use a combination of these.

Individual sessions are private sessions with Dave Whalley and ideal for goalkeepers who are trying to improve specific skills or working towards specific goals.

Many goalkeepers have used this option to improve their goalkeeping knowledge and performance. All the attention is focused on the goalkeeper with a personnel and specific training program designed to address the areas that need to be improved on.

Group sessions are also coached by Dave Whalley. Each session has anywhere between 3 and 8 goalkeepers. Group sessions offer the added benefit of learning from other goalkeepers.

All goalkeepers taking part will see the benefit and improvement in their goalkeeping performance during these sessions.  

These are a very cost-effective way to improve your performance.


Working with the other coaches in the club, Dave Whalley Goalkeeping offers the opportunity to have your club’s goalkeepers brought together for an up to date and modern goalkeeper coaching program.

The goalkeeper position is such a crucial part of the side that every goalkeeper deserves the chance to be part of a specific goalkeeper training.

We aim to improve your club’s goalkeepers thus allowing your teams to become even more successful. This will also enhance your club’s reputation for the development of goalkeepers.

We can take sessions twice a week, once a week or once every 2 weeks or whatever suits the club.  


Dave Whalley Goalkeeping currently coaches the young goalkeepers within the John Curtin College of the Arts Soccer Program and the South Coast Baptist College Soccer Program.

We are available to come into schools before, during or after school to assist with your schools goalkeeping program.

Holiday Clinics

Dave Whalley Goalkeeping runs clinics throughout the school holidays during the year.

These are a great way to improve your skills in a fun environment with other like-minded goalkeepers.

I run Goalkeeper Holiday Courses during Half Terms, Bank Holidays and all major School Holidays in the year such as Christmas and Summer; all taking place at Kingsnorth, Ashford. These a great way to engage in goalkeeping and football,

These clinics are suitable for all levels and abilities. Currently we run a clinic for young players between the ages of 10 yrs. – 16 yrs. along with an Elite session for the players 16 yrs. upwards.

Pre-season Camps

Dave Whalley Goalkeeping runs a 6-week pre-season camp from early November up until the Xmas period.

This gives goalkeepers the opportunity to work on their conditioning and goalkeeping skills It also ensures that they have a good level of fitness prior to commencing their clubs training.

These are run on a Weds evening at John Curtin School in Fremantle.

Strength and conditioning for goalkeepers is extremely important, as we are expected to perform explosive movements at a moment’s notice during a game. Goalkeepers require many athletic skills to be successful. The most common ones being power, quick reflexes and consistent body control.


Dave Whalley Goalkeeping in partnership with Red Lion Goalkeeping Tours will be the tour leader of the goalkeeping trip to England and Spain in December 2019.

This trip includes goalkeeping training sessions at Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Barcelona, attendance at several EPL games along with stadium tours of Stamford Bridge, Anfield, Old Trafford and Nou Camp.

About Me

I am passionate about helping aspiring goalkeepers of all ages and abilities to reach their full potential.

I hold an FFA Advanced Level 2 Goalkeeping licence.

My goalkeeping career started as an apprentice goalkeeper for Blackburn Rovers from 1983. I then went on to play semi-professional football for 16 years before relocating to Perth where I have been coaching goalkeepers since 2002.

Goalkeeper Tour 2019

I am pleased to announce that I will be leading the Red Lion Goalkeepers tour to England and Spain in December 2019. There will be opportunities to take part in 7 goalkeeping training sessions at Everton, Liverpool, Barcelona, Chelsea and Tottenham.
Also included in this experience will be stadium tours of Stamford Bridge, Anfield, Old Trafford and Nou Camp along with watching several EPL games during the trip. 

Credentials & Experience

Some of the goalkeepers and teams that Dave Whalley Goalkeeping has worked with:

  • Chris Barty – Pararoos
  • Miranda Templeman – State School Girls
  • Evie Gooch – Former Perth Glory now playing AFL Womens
  • Devon Spence – Former Perth Glory, now Bayswater
  • Alex Dunn – Inglewood United
  • Keegan Savige – European Leagues
  • Gianluca de Felice – Valencia Academy
  • Inglewood United
  • Murdoch Melville
  • Perth Glory Women
  • WA State Women’s Team
  • Football West Junior State Teams
  • John Curtin Soccer School
  • South Coast Baptist School


I have had the privilege to coach some of the best keepers in the state and am very impressed with their achievements. It has been a pleasure to see each one of them go from strength to strength.

Devon Spence – Bayswater City & Perth Glory

Dave was the first goalkeeper coach I had. Upon taking up goalkeeping, from the first session with him it showed that he demonstrated professionalism, incredibly structured sessions but most of all, patience!! Through a 12 year relationship, I have been able to play...

Riley Stephenson – Former Perth Glory Youth Team

Being able to work with Dave over the years has been a massive part of my footballing development in many different aspects of the game. Whatever stage of your journey as a goalkeeper your on, Dave is hugely passionate about bringing the best out of you and for me...

Alex Dunn – Inglewood United Goalkeeper

I started working with Dave at the beginning of 2016, when he was hired by Inglewood United FC to be the club Goalkeeping Coach. I have been playing in the Senior State League/NPL for about 10 years now and I have been coached by many Goalkeeper Coaches, all of which...

Lewis Cook – Western Knights Goalkeeper

My brother and I have been lucky enough to attend DW Goalkeeping sessions for the past 4/5 years. Even now to this day it is our favourite training session each week. Dave has helped with developing every aspect of our game from shot stopping, positioning, dealing...

Miranda Templeman – WA State Schoolgirls NTC Goalkeeper

I first started training with Dave after I was selected in the u12 state school girls team in 2015. I started doing weekly 1 on 1 sessions with him and the improvement it made on my game was quickly prominent. I later started doing group sessions with him on a...

Evie Gooch – State League Goalkeeper of the Year 2016 – Former Perth Glory, now Fremantle AFL Women

I have had plenty of different goalkeeper coaches, but Dave is a step above the rest. His ability to coach a wide range of talent in one group on his own, making observations on everyone, is superb. The knowledge he possesses is powerful and valuable and will improve...

Chris Barty – Pararoos Goalkeeper

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dave since 2010. I came into football as a mature age player with a limited understanding of the technical, physical or psychological requirements of an elite level goalkeeper.   Under Dave’s tutelage I have had the honour of...

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