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ACADEMY AMBASSADORS

Academy Ambassadors

A HISTORY OF GOALKEEPING EXCELLENCE

Anthony La Paglia

Anthony was a former goalkeeper in the Australian National Soccer League and he continues to play for Hollywood United. Anthony is keen to return to Australia to promote a youth development and identification program, using the International Goalkeepers Academy as the cornerstone of the program.

Anthony was invited to be an ambassador for the academy back in 2008. He is very passionate about football and when he returns to Australia he always makes time to visit the academy.
Clint Bolton

Clint is a former goalkeeper trained by IGA Director of Coaching, Jim Fraser. Clint is one of Australia's best goalkeepers and one of the most experienced A-League players. He was invited to become an academy ambassador in 2008.

Clint made more than 300 National Soccer League appearances for Brisbane Strikers, Sydney Olympic and Parramatta Power, winning two NSL titles before joining the Sydney FC for the first Hyundai A-League campaign. Bolton played a big part in Sydney FC's Hyundai A-League 2005/06 and 2009/10 championship-winning seasons. Bolton also made his Qantas Socceroos debut versus Paraguay in 2000 and has won four caps for Australia's senior national team. Clint is now retired but is a staff member of Melbourne Heart.

Clint offers great support of the International Goalkeepers Academy and will often visit the academy in his spare time to encourage and give tips to hard working IGA students.

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Ron Corry

Ron Corry, goalkeeper coach of the West Sydney Wanderers A-League team, is the newest acquisition of the IGA Ambassadors.

Ron’s playing career spanned three decades, first with the Canterbury club in the old NSWS Federation and for nine seasons he starred in the South Sydney Croatia team in the State League.

Ron made his International debut in 1966 and he saved a record of five consecutive penalties in World Cup Elimination games in 1966 and 1970 campaigns.

Ron, along with Jim Fraser, was voted in the top five Australian Goalkeepers of all time, which is a fitting tribute to his career. Ron came out of a 10-year retirement to play several games for Marconi in the N.S.L. at the age of 42 when regular keeper Alan Maher was injured.

Ron has established himself as a leading goalkeeper coach and spent several years at the A.I.S. where he produced many of the up-and-coming goalkeepers presently on various national teams.
John Filan

John was invited to become an academy ambassador in 2008.

John has had an exciting career as a goalkeeper over the years. He played for St. George Saints and Wollongong Wolves in the old National Soccer League in Australia before moving to England to join Cambridge United in 1993. In 1995 he signed for Coventry City, and then moved on to Blackburn Rovers in 1997.

He joined Wigan Athletic in December 2001 prior to the start of Wigan's debut season in the Premier League. He missed only one match for the club but was injured at the start of the 2005–06 season with Wigan's new signing Mike Pollitt taking his place in the side. Filan signed a new contract, which kept him at the club until 2007. Seeing out his contract with Wigan, he was released at the end of the season. Whilst at Wigan, he appeared as a substitute in the 2006 Football League Cup Final when Pollitt had to come off early in the first half with an injury. Filan then returned to Australia in semi-retirement, resettling in his home town of Sydney.

Once settled back in Australia, John joined the coaching staff at Sydney FC and worked alongside IGA Director of Coaching, Jim Fraser, as a goalkeeping coach.
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