Cork City FC’s goalkeepers will try out a revolutionary new goalkeeping device called “Reflex” during their warm-up routine at Turner’s Cross on Friday night.
The Rebel Army’s keepers; Mark McNulty, Paul White, Dave Browne and goalkeeping coach Anthony Fenneally will test their reflexes on the new device, a plastic dimpled mat, as part of their warm up before the televised match with Airtricity League Premier Division leaders Sligo Rovers.
The new product is manufactured locally in Little Island on the outskirts of Cork city by David Twomey (aged 48) and his company www.ballskills.net.
Reflex is a revolutionary, patented coaching aid that tests reflexes and movement.
The company, which employs five people, has been in business for almost five years now thanks to the backing of the South Cork Enterprise Board. The highly durable mat, which measures 4′ x 3′ and weighs approximately two-and-a-half kilos is extremely flexible and retails at €75, including VAT.
The company, which exports the training aid to the USA, Canada and the UK also have a “jimmy-ball” product, that retails at €30 that you tie to the body to practice your ball juggling skills and shooting. The “Jimmy Ball” is a training ball that never leaves you, never rolls away and is simply tied to the body at the shoulders – like a harness – leaving both hands and legs free to play football.
“We have been exporting the mats to some of the soccer academies in the UK and further afield and the clubs use them in their ‘reflex zone’ as part of their every day training and so far so good,” said David, who previously played for St. Mary’s in the Munster Senior League as a centre half and played with former Cork City FC players Declan Daly and Philip Long in the 1980s.