Ross Ballantyne

  • Date Joined: 29th November 2017
An ambitious, innovative and self-motivated goalkeeper coach who has extensive experience coaching elite goalkeepers within the SPFL, providing innovative structured training sessions to advance their overall capabilities within the game.

A forward thinking coach who combines coaching qualifications with experience in the field to provide a professional approach to all coaching roles, ensuring that there is always a positive training environment from which both youth and senior goalkeepers can train and develop.

Possesses demonstrable success across all areas of the game - whether it be coaching elite players, establishing own independent goalkeeping business, delivering coach education for National Associations or working alongside some of the game’s top coaches as part of the backroom staff.

A well-rounded professional coach who is passionate about football and committed to enhancing both career and coaching capabilities through industry qualifications as well as attending / presenting conferences.
Ross Ballantyne

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • UEFA: GK Licence

    UEFA
    GK Licence
    2018

  • First Aid: First Aid

    First Aid
    First Aid
    2018

  • SFA: Children’s Wellbeing

    SFA
    Children’s Wellbeing
    2017

  • UEFA: GK Licence Intro

    UEFA
    GK Licence Intro
    2016

  • SFA: Scouting Licence

    SFA
    Scouting Licence
    2015

  • UEFA: B Licence

    UEFA
    B Licence
    2015

  • SFA: GK Licence Diploma

    SFA
    GK Licence Diploma
    2014

Career History

  • Scottish Football Association

    Scottish Football Association
    Coach Education Tutor
    2016 – Present

  • Heart of Midlothian FC

    Heart of Midlothian FC
    Lead Academy Coach
    2015 – Present

  • Scottish Football Association

    Scottish Football Association
    Performance School Goalkeeping Coach
    2014 – Present

  • Savehands Goalkeeping Academy

    Savehands Goalkeeping Academy
    Owner & Director of Coaching
    2009 – Present

  • Livingston FC

    Livingston FC
    First Team Goalkeeping Coach
    2016 – 2018

  • Albion Rovers

    Albion Rovers
    First Team Goalkeeping Coach
    2013 – 2016

  • Forth Valley Football Academy

    Forth Valley Football Academy
    Head of Academy Goalkeeping
    2015 – 2015

  • Queens Park FC

    Queens Park FC
    Head of Youth Goalkeeping Development
    2011 – 2015

  • Clyde FC

    Clyde FC
    First Team Goalkeeper Coach
    2010 – 2011

Key Achievements

  • Won League One with Livingston in 2016/17, gaining promotion to the Scottish Championship
  • Won the SPFL League Two with Albion Rovers in the 2014/15 season
  • Finished fifth in the SPFL League One in 2015/16 with Albion Rovers, their highest league position ever achieved
  • Part of the backroom team at Albion Rovers which reached the Scottish Cup Quarter finals for the first time in 80 years, including the goalkeeper achieving a club record in the Scottish Cup for four clean sheets in the season 2013/14
  • Part of the coaching team which helped Queens Park U19s win the SFL U19s league in the season 2012/13
  • Liam Kelly earned his Scotland U21 caps while working whilst working with Ross at Livingston
  • Ross Stewart has been called up to the U21’s national side whilst playing at Albion Rovers
  • Neil Parry achieved an Albion Rovers record for League clean sheets in the season 2014/15
  • Neil Parry was named PFA Goalkeeper of the Year for the SPFL League 2 in the season 2014/15
  • Established and grew own business, Savehands GK, into one of Scotland’s largest and most successful goalkeeping academies
  • Designed Queens Park, FVFA and Heart of Midlothian academy’s first goalkeeping development plan and curriculum
  • Over 100 goalkeepers from Savehands GK academy have signed on as Full Time, Part time, Pro Youth, Semi Pro
  • Three of Savehands GK Goalkeepers currently represent Scotland Girls at National Level

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