ESPZEN Soccer School adds Liverpool lustre to coaching ranks

The coaching resources available to young footballers in Singapore have been given a significant boost following the appointment of former Liverpool coach James Gow to the ESPZEN Soccer School.

Initially formed for adults back in 2004, ESPZEN has expanded and in 2012 began offering children across Singapore quality football coaching and development, focusing on skills, tactics, technique and fitness.

Coaches employed by clubs the calibre of Manchester United, Aston Villa and Leeds United are already in place at the school and now Gow has added his name to the list.

He spent eight years with English giants Liverpool, including being performance analyst for the senior team and international football academy coach for Under-9s through to Under-15s.

“The recruitment of James from Liverpool Football Club to ESPZEN Soccer School symbolises our single-minded commitment to building an unrivalled youth football development model in Singapore,” said Lee Taylor, a co-founder, director and coach at ESPZEN.

“Our soccer school and academy is growing exponentially due to our revolutionary approach to football education and ‘Age Appropriate Junior Leagues (FourFourTwo EJL)’.

“Recruiting James to Singapore reaffirms ESPZEN’s devotion to long-term player development.”

James Gow conducting a coaching clinic in China. Photo: Supplied

The holder of a first-class honours degree in ‘Science and Football’ from Liverpool John Moores University, Gow’s past studies have had a major influence on his current coaching methods.

“Studying motor behaviour has given me a very strong understanding of how humans acquire skill and, most importantly, how they retain it,” he said.

“I aim to help players develop innovation, intelligence and creative skills through understanding of the learning process.”

Gow is a self-confessed Liverpool fan and the club has been more than happy for him to represent their brand on the international stage on previous assignments.

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