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Learning to ‘Save like a pro’ with Sam Long

3 September 2021

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Ahead of the new season, local amateur Quinn Johnson was invited to the Soper of Lincoln Elite Performance Centre, to spend a day training with our first team goalkeeper coach Steve Croudson and Sam Long.

Quinn was invited down to the training ground to experience a professional goalkeeping coaching session and get tips on how to save energy on and off the pitch. The session included catching and footwork exercises, first touch drills for distribution, working on movement and alignment, trigger points and reactions saves as well as how to save energy when moving from one side of the goal to the other and how to preserve mental energy in a tough game, as well as learning about simple changes he could make to control energy off the pitch such as getting a smart meter installed in his home.

“We went through various drills and put him through his paces, with a focus on conserving as much energy as possible in goal, which is imperative as a goalkeeper,” said Long.

Quinn had a great day, and certainly used some energy!

“It was good intensity today, it was tiring towards the end, but I really enjoyed it, I like working hard. It’s hard but at the end of the day if you want to get better you have to work hard. A hard session but it was enjoyable, and it was a great opportunity to be here and train with Steve today.”

“I do a lot off the pitch but when it’s rest time, I’ll rest, relax and do things with my family, conserving my energy ready for big moments and big opportunities.


The training session was organised as part of Smart Energy GB and EFL’s ‘Save Like a Pro’ campaign, which highlights how getting a smart meter installed can help people make small changes at home to save energy and be more in control of their energy bills.

“I’ve been convinced to get a smart meter because Steve’s got one and he said it’s really good,” added Quinn.

The in-home display that comes with a smart meter shows in near-real time the amount of energy you use in pounds and pence give better control over energy usage, so users can see where they can be more efficient, budget more easily and be more in control of their bills.

For more information on smart meters see here.

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