Ramsdale : From Keeperschool to Premier League
Aaron Ramsdale – A Premier League debut for the North Staffs starlet who attended Fred Barbers Pro-SK’s Keeperschool for goalkeeper coaching as an aspiring young goalkeeper in Stoke-on-Trent.
Fred Barber predicts a bright future for Aaron Ramsdale, the Chesterton born youngster who learned his craft at Barbers Pro-SK Keeperschool before making the grade at Bournemouth.
” We don’t run teams here – that’s not what we’re about ” said Fred. “We are purely goalkeeper coaching. The goalkeepers attend the Keeperschool a couple of times per week. We give them specialised goalkeeper coaching and they play for their local clubs. It’s what makes them tick.”
” Aaron’s Dad rang me up and asked if he could bring him to the Keeperschool for some extra training. His grassroots manager Keith Griffiths knew about what we were trying to do with the kids from the local clubs. He encouraged his Dad to make the call, and thanks to Keith, we’re all pleased that he did.”
“When it doesn’t go to plan you feel their pain. You just hope you’ve given them the tools to adapt. “
Barber went on to say “It doesn’t matter if they’re 9 or 29. We work with everyone and deliver the next step in their goalkeeping development. “ And that’s what certainly happened with Aaron Ramsdale. He swiftly progressed as a youngster at Fred Barbers weekly Keeperschool before switching to academy football at Bolton Wanderers.
At Bolton, Ramsdale was unable to kick-on and was released at the tender age of 16. His journey took him from the M6 to the M1 where he secured a scholarship with Sheffield United. He would go on to to gain England youth recognition.
He was still a teenager when he made his debut for the Blades in the FA Cup under current manager Chris Wilder. It wasn’t long before Bournemouth weighed in with a £1m bid to take him to the Vitality Stadium in January 2017.
Impressive loan spells at Chesterfield and Wimbledon led to an England call up at under-21 level. Ramsdale was recalled by his parent club Bournemouth. Ironically, he would make his premier league debut on the opening day of the 2019/20 season against his former club Sheffield United.
Barber said “I’m so pleased for Aaron, his family and all the people who have had an input into his development. When they come through the Keeperschool you become invested. It doesn’t matter what age they are, you always feel responsible. You want them to do well in whatever career they choose.”
“I was disappointed with the Bolton decision but once they go into the academy system it’s out of our hands. When it doesn’t go to plan you feel their pain and hope you’ve given them the tools to adapt. “
“He worked under a great manager at Sheffield United who believed in him. He’s now learning his craft under a fantastic manager at Bournemouth. I have no doubt that Aaron will continue in his development and go on to achieve great things.”