In our latest feature with Mark Molesley’s coaching team, we talk to goalkeeping coach Robbie Yates.
Weymouth’s goalkeeping coach Robbie Yates said it was a “no-brainer” and said the ambition of the club was a “big part” to why he joined the Terras last season.
Yates has previously worked for Poole Town and Premier League side AFC Bournemouth. The coach is very experienced in his profession, even owning ‘Between The Sticks’ (BTS) goalkeeping school and was previously an FA tutor for the Dorset FA.
The 56-year-old has enjoyed his time at Weymouth so far. He joined the club last season and went on to be part of the success in winning the Southern League. He is now working with this seasons crop of keepers as we continue to fly high in the Vanarama National League South, currently sitting in second position.
Current Weymouth number one and AFC Bournemouth loan player Calum Ward has been working with Yates at BTS since the age of 10.
The coach knows Weymouth gaffer Mark Molesley from his time at Bournemouth and had connections with the Terras’ Director of Football Paul Maitland. Yates also admitted that he was “unsettled” and needed to “freshen up” his job after working at Poole Town for 6 seasons.
Yates is very passionate about his position at the club. The ex-AFC Bournemouth coach is restless in his work, with him usually working 7 days-a-week for Weymouth and BTS all around Dorset with keepers of all ages. Yates has indicated that sometimes it’s tough to make it in the position he coaches, as only “1% make it” at the top level but says that most keepers he coaches are left in a better place than before they joined.