Jimmy Gopperth Kicking Academy

Date: 28 Sep 2018


Former Wasps and England fly half Andy Goode will be joining Jimmy Gopperth in the Fan Village this weekend ahead of our clash with Gloucester. Join them between 12.30pm and 1.30pm near the ‘Kick 4 Goal’ challenge for kicking hints and tips. 

Jimmy Gopperth has launched his own academy to help rugby players to harness their kicking skills.

The 35-year-old fly-half has amassed around 800 points in black-and-gold colours in three years as one of the league’s top goal-kickers, and is now passing his knowledge on to future rugby stars by launching the Jimmy Gopperth Kicking Academy.

Gopperth will be in the Wasps Nest Fan Village ahead of Wasps’ clash with Gloucester on Saturday, October 6 (kick-off 3pm) 

The Jimmy Gopperth Kicking Academy is an online resource where the former Premiership Player of the Year offers detailed feedback via the Hudl Technique app to people who have sent in videos of themselves kicking for goal.

“More and more people are asking me for advice about their kicking and while I’m on the sidelines, I thought now would be the right time to make a go of it,” said Gopperth, who is currently recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

“Video analysis is a huge part of rugby and plays a key role in helping us to improve our skills, and particularly with kicking it’s really important to see what your technique looks like from different angles and how it can improve.

“When I feedback to people I’ll be editing their video – whether that’s drawing lines or doing a voice over – and will also be on hand to directly message them via the Hudl Technique app, which will enable me to provide as much input as if I was there in person.

“The main things I’m analysing are the angle of the body at set-up and on impact, making sure the shoulders are square towards the ball and not at the target straight away, and I’m also watching to see if their head is coming up too early once they have connected with the ball – the head needs to be down as long as possible.

“Most of my training now is done in my head at night – a huge part of goal kicking is visualising your target and training your body to achieve a certain outcome.

“When I put the ball on the tee I know it is going over, and if I do miss I know why so it can be forgotten about so I am ready for the next kick.

“This mentality is the difference between being a  good kicker and a very good kicker, and I have certain mental techniques that work for me that I can pass on to others.

“Some of the children I’ve taught online have improved their kicking technique immensely over the past couple of months – goal-kicking is a real passion of mine and I’m hoping by setting up this Academy I can pass my enthusiasm on to others.”

The clash between Wasps and Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena is also set to throw up an interesting encounter between former Wasp Danny Cipriani and new black-and-gold signing Lima Sopoaga.

Gopperth added: “It promises to be a good game. I’m sure Danny is looking forward to coming back to show off his best skills in front of our fans, but hopefully we can keep him quiet so we can get the result that we want.”

For more information about the Jimmy Gopperth Kicking Academy email jimmygkickingacademy@gmail.com.  

Tickets for Wasps vs Gloucester are available from www.wasps.co.uk starting from £15 for adults, while under-10s go free in certain areas.