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Seb on his coaching role

23 May 2017

Seb Brown said he is taking great pride in his role as academy goalkeeper coach after his first season of coaching AFC Wimbledon's young talents.

The Dons goalkeeper hero was talking during an in-depth interview with WDON's Rob Cornell and iFollow subscribers can watch it via the link above.

"It is a great learning environment for me and totally different from playing," said Seb. "It has been brilliant really. When you are working with young goalkeepers every session is different. You have times when you are thinking, 'he is really getting hold of that' and next week it goes back to square one. It can also be the opposite when you think, 'he is really learning this and he keeps improving'. You get that sense of pride when they are taking things on board.

"You look at clubs at a higher level and they have coaches for each age group, but they might not have the experience and know-how that we have here. I think that's credit to the goalkeeper coaches we have here, including Jordan Knight and Bayzo. It's about using that experience in a positive way. It was something I was conscious of when I started.

"I did not want it to be a case of 'he used to play, he must know it all'. It is about going the opposite way for me and saying, 'this is how I played and this is how I coach'. They are not necessarily the same thing. I sat down with Michael Hamilton recently after one of our sessions and it sort of came up about us trying to get that experience across. A lot of the younger lads were probably not born when I was playing! You do not want to force it down them by saying 'this is what I used to do'. You get to the U-15s and U-16s and they sort of gravitate towards you in terms of coaching. That is how I've gone about it."

Watch out on the official website tomorrow for more of the interview with Seb.


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