NEARLY 30 young goalkeepers were in safe hands at a special training camp in Greenock.

Boys from across Inverclyde and a couple from North Ayrshire attended the October school holiday full-day session at the Battery Park on Friday.

It was organised by Greenock goalkeeping coach David Scott, who runs the BeNumber1 Academy.

Among the 27 boys taking part were 'keepers from a whole host of local clubs, including St Andrew's, Ardgowan, East End United and Port Glasgow, who also attend weekly training sessions at the Battery and Barrfields Stadium in Largs.

They were put through their paces by David, his colleague James Barbour and parent coach, Colin Wooff, whose son Jack is one of the academy's rising stars.

The 'keeper camps launched in 2016 and take place at Easter, summer and October each year but David, a former Greenock Juniors goalie, hailed this one as the most successful yet.

He said: "That was probably the best camp we've had in terms of the quality of goalkeeping. "As we approach the end of the year you could see how much they have come on.

"You could really see the progress they've made, which was great."

Ex-Partick Thistle shot-stopper and the club's current 'keeper coach, Kenny Arthur, is a supporter of the academy and sent down pairs of gloves from his KA Goalkeeping range to give away as prizes.

He was supposed to be there on the day but had to pull out at the last-minute due to work commitments following the appointment of former Scotland and Celtic defender Gary Caldwell as new manager at Firhill.

David said: "Kenny sent his apologies and also sent down three pairs of gloves, which was really nice.

"We gave those to the best goalkeeper of the day and for the saves of the day.

"It went really well."

David is now organising a 'mini-camp' between Christmas and New Year.

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BeNumber1 Academy is sponsored by Arnold Clark Vauxhall Greenock.