SHS Coaches Profiles

Andre Arendse

Andre Arendse is one of the best goalkeepers in South Africa and is committed to the development of soccer in our country. His aim and goals within Safe Hands Soccer is to provide a professional environment where we can groom and nurture the future Bafana stars by structuring training sessions where the player receives the best training that can be provided and is given the right soccer career opportunities.

Andre has had an illustrious career and played at the international level for over 12 years, in that time he has had some major achievements including:

• Won 5 ABSA Premier League titles
• Assisted SuperSport United to win back-to-back ABSA league titles
• Represented Bafana Bafana at two soccer world cups
• Holds the South African record for 8 games without conceding a goal at the national level (approximately 600 minutes)
• Won the African Cup of Nations in 1996
• Selected to play in the FIFA All Stars in 1997
• PSL Player of the year 2002/2003
• 4 years playing at Fulham Football Club (UK)
• 67 Bafana Bafana caps and over 400 professional club level appearances

Russell Thompson

Russell Thompson is an avid goalkeeper and one of his main goals is to develop grass roots soccer in South Africa. Russell’s current position is the Director of Keepers at the Randburg Football Club, as well as a goalkeeper for the RAFC amateur club. His coaching ambitions include; obtaining SAFA coaching badges and a Pro Goalkeeper license, the development of amateur and pro keepers in South Africa, and the development of goalkeeper coaches in the country.

Russell has enjoyed a successful career playing soccer in South Africa and abroad, during this time his achievements have included:

• Previous Clubs: Panorama FC, Amateur Wits University, Pro Moroko Swallows, Trials
• Represented Southern Transvaal and Rand Central Districts
• Attended trials at Bury FC and Leyton Orient, England
• Offered scholarship in USA
• Played in the Arsenal International Youth Festival, England


Tutu has been working with SHS since June 2009 and has been a valuable member of our company as part of the goalkeeper coaching staff. His main role was to assist with the warm ups and warm downs, drills, help improve goalkeepers foot work techniques and overall motor skill development and movement as well as improving overall conditioning of the goalkeepers.

Andre has help me understand that although the goal and object of goalkeeping are the same, the fundamentals taught need to be age appropriate for both the juniors and seniors that we have trained over the years and having fun being the most important aspect of the game.
My goal is to help create a professional training atmosphere in which goalkeepers of all levels can further their passion for soccer and find their inner potential becoming a complete player, provide constant and overall feedback in an attempt to assist the growth of the goalkeepers self-confidence, with ever new and changing dynamics of sport specific training and coaching we aim to better ourselves as coaches and more importantly better the talent of the goalkeepers and to become the central hub of producing and developing the future of South Africa’s goalkeepers.”

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