THE future of Bridgwater's youth football is in safe hands with former professional goalkeeper Steve Phillips due to set up his own goalkeeping school in the town.

Phillips, who played 628 professional games during his career, spent 10 years at Bristol City, four at Bristol Rovers and five with Crewe Alexandra, before retiring as a full-time player in 2015.

Since retirement, Phillips has remained in the professional game with coaching roles at Liverpool, Crewe Alexandra, Bristol Rovers and is currently head of goalkeeping at Yeovil Town.

During this time, the Rovers and City legend has set up a successful school in Midsomer Norton, with former keepers progressing on to professional club set-ups including Swindon Town, Bristol Rovers, Liverpool and Yeovil Town.

Steve Phillips Elite Goalkeeping School term launches at Bridgwater College Astroturf on Tuesday 23 April, with two age ranges; 7-11 year olds will train from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, and 12-17 year olds from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Phillips, who has recently relocated to the area, said, “I’m always heartened by the feedback from my keepers and their parents, but more than anything the reviews that comment on players improvement in attitude, confidence and personal growth, stand out the most.

"My links to a range of clubs give my keepers that added extra on top of the level of coaching they receive.”

The cost for the term is £60 per keeper and must be paid in full at the first session.

Limited places are available and must be booked in advance by emailing