When they recorded their first video in a small place, it was raining cats and dogs. Lee covered his face with a mask while he was performing his football trick in front of the camera. The two brothers from England did not expect that this video, which ultimately reached up to two million clicks, would pave the way for recognition and success. Their latest video was taken on the natural grass pitch of Tenerife Top Training. The sun was shining at 25 degrees. They are not wearing masks anymore. Their faces are well-known: one year later, they share goalkeeper techniques daily with almost 60,000 subscribers on Instagram.
Mark and Lee Robinson are passionate about football since their childhood. They are running common social-media accounts under the name “The Modern Day Goalkeeper”, sharing their experiences around goalkeeping. “Fifteen years ago, I would have wished for a person like me. A person, who advised me, encouraged me to take on new opportunities and put the pressure off,” says Lee Robinson. The 31-year-old trainer wants to offer that and accordingly realized the idea with his brothers Mark and Shawn. “It is important for us to make young goalkeepers physically and mentally strong. In most teams there is too much negativity and pressure. We want to inspire young people to take on new opportunities, “explains Mark. In addition to that the support of a coach is important in order to improve performance.
Besides national and international private persons there are also big companies like Sportbible and Nike among their subscribers. The two coaches describe their postings as a combination of inspiration, motivation, guidance and technical sessions about goalkeeper training. “Our Instagram presence is also to make others appreciate goalkeepers more. They do an important job and are often so good, “says Mark, who studied sport science, works as a personal trainer and also runs the Instagram page” Modern Day Fitness “.
They make good goalkeepers better and better goalkeepers excellent. For the brothers, who are living in Scotland and England, the most important skills of a good goalkeeper are positivity, mental strength and individuality. Furthermore flexibility, speed, bounce and the right timing in positioning are essential. You should not try to copy a technique and always be yourself. Everyone develops individually and has individual goals. “A good goalkeeper does not have to be tall. As long as you are natural and have a good technique, you built the base,” says Lee.
The facilities of Tenerife Top Training became a film set during the stay of The Modern Day Goalkeeper. They were on the court twice a day for training and recording. “The weather, the natural grass pitches, the friendly service. We enjoyed out stay here so much, “Lee proudly harks back on the last day. The last year was a great milestone in their lives: “The response and support from the media is a big compliment for us. We have achieved a lot and have been able to inspire many young people as an influencer. The year was great, “the brothers sum up. They would like to have global cooperation with teams and work with international goalkeepers in the future. At least they always want to keep their philosophy: staying positive and taking chances.« back to overview