• Reputation within the Scottish game is recognised with appointment at high-flying Premiership club
  • Over 100 keepers from his Savehands GK Academy have graduated to different levels of the pro game in his homeland
  • Helped guide current Motherwell keeper Liam Kelly to Under-21 Scotland caps when they worked together at Livingston

COACHING FOR KICKS...Ross Ballantyne thrives on nurturing young goalkeeping

ROSS BALLANTYNE is settling into his new role as Head of Academy Goalkeeping at high-flying Scottish Premiership club Heart of Midlothian.

UEFA Goalkeeping A Licence holder and Sport Careers Agency client Ross is now an established figure mentoring keepers within the Scottish game.

That has been recognised with his latest step forward in one of the country's most respected Academies.

Ross said: "I'm really excited about this role and how it will develop.

"I want to help to continue the success the goalkeeping department has had at Hearts over the last few years."

Ross has been running his own Savehands GK Academy for 12 years now and that has become a conveyor belt of talent between the sticks.

Over 100 keepers from Savehands have signed full-time, part-time, Pro Youth or semi-professional under Ballantyne's guidance.

That impressive statistic underlines the depth of a CV that has seen Ross shine on the backroom staff at the likes of Quuen's Park, Livingston and Albion Rovers.

Now he is set to write the next chapter of his story which has meant he has to step back from his matchday work with Scottish Championship side Queen of the South.

Ross will now look to mentor Hearts youngsters and help grow their careers as he did with current Motherwell keeper Liam Kelly who earned Scotland Under-21 caps while he was under Ballantyne's tutelage at Livingston.

Lower league stand-out Neil Parry also broke clean sheet records and won PFA Goalkeeper of the Year of League 2 when he worked together with Ross at Albion Rovers.

The experience and expertise will now be a key influence within the Academy at the Jam Tarts.

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