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imageSteve Hale (Haler)

Steve is 46 years old and opened up his goalkeeping school in April 2007.


Steve, who holds the UEFA Goalkeeping A Licence, the top goalkeeping coaching licence in Europe, was most recently First Team Goalkeeping Coach at League One side Walsall. He was also before that the full time Head of Goalkeeping at League Two side Forest Green Rovers and before that Steve was also Head of Goalkeeping at Football League One side, Swindon Town FC. There he looked after all the goalkeepers from Under 9 to full-time scholars (U18's) and the Senior Professional goalkeepers such as Lawrence Vigouroux (on loan from Liverpool), Tyrell Belford and previously Wes Foderingham and Cameron Belford.


Steve spent 9 years working with the academy at Swindon and then was promoted to also look after the first team for the last 2 years before he left.  In his first season with Forest Green Rovers in the National League he was part of the coaching staff that got the club promoted to the Football League for the first time, via the play off final at Wembley Stadium. This was Steve's second Play Off Final experience at Wembley Stadium after being part of the coaching staff that made the League One Play off final in 2015 when Swindon lost to Preston so has great experience over his 10 years in a professional football club environment including over 200 games as a first team goalkeeping coach.


Steve has also previously been goalkeeping coach at Southern Premier sides Chippenham Town and Cirencester Town.


Steve has played over 400 games in the Hellenic and Toolstation league for various teams.




UEFA Goalkeeping A Licence

FA Goalkeeping B Licence

Uefa B Licence

FA Youth Award Module One

FA Youth Award Module Two 

FA Advanced Youth Award Goalkeeping

FA Level One Psychology Award

FA Level One in Talent Identification

FA Basic Treatment of Injury Certificate

FA Emergency Aid Certificate

FA Safeguarding Children Certificate

FA Licenced Coach

CRB Checked



At Swindon Town, Steve coached and oversaw the development of the following goalkeepers:


Will Henry, a scholar to receiving a professional contract a year early


Leigh Bedwell from under 14 to earning a professional contract


Conor Thompson from under 15 to full time scholar and international honours with Northern Ireland after starting out in Steve Hale Goalkeeping School


Aaron Moody from under 11 to full time scholar


Connor Johns from under 15 & being offered a two year scholarship a year early upon reaching the under 16 squad & twice appeared on the bench for the 1st team during his first year as scholar


Jamie Stephens from under 15 to full time scholar and who was then sold to Premiership side Liverpool


Jared Thompson from under 10 to under 14 before he was sold to Premiership giants Chelsea after starting out in Steve Hale Goalkeeping School 






image 1James Whitlock (Chippy)

James is 43 years old and has been coaching for Steve Hale Goalkeeping School for the past 6 years.

James has previously played in goal in the local leagues around Swindon. James is Goalkeeping Coach at Southern League South & West Division side Swindon Supermarine.

James is an FA Level Two Goalkeeping coach and a Uefa B Licence outfield Coach and holds up to date Child Protection and Emergency Aid Certificates along with his CRB check. James is an FA Licenced Coach as part of the FA's Licenced Coaches Club.







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Stuart Hutfield

Stuart is 33 years old and has been working at Steve Hale Goalkeeping School since January 2013.

Stuart has played in goal for several teams across the local leagues over the years and now coaches at Swindon Spitfires across various age groups.

Stuart is goalkeeping coach at Wiltshire FA’s Advance Coaching Centre for girls and is an FA Level Two Goalkeeping and FA Level Two outfield coach. He also holds an FA coaching disabled footballers award, FA Youth Award Modules 1 & 2 and is working towards achieving his FA Youth Award Module 3.

Stuart holds up to date Child Protection and Emergency Aid Certificates along with his CRB check and is also an FA Licenced Coach as part of the FA's Licenced Coaches Club.




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Dan Wheeler

Dan is 24 years old and has played outfield and in goal for a number of local teams. He currently coaches as a goalkeeping coach and outfield coach for FC Wiltshire in the JPL league.

Dan holds both the FA Level Two outfield and Level Two goalkeeping certificates along with his FA Youth Modules 1 & 2 and FA Emergency Aid, Child Protection and is CRB checked.


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