Big Cat Goalkeeping News


US U19 Mens National Team Call Up

Founder Neil Thompson was invited to join the US Mens u19 National team for a training camp in Chula Vista. Thompson joined the staff as goalkeeper coach. This was a unique experience for any goalkeeper coach as the Head Mens u19 coach is none other than goalkeeping legend Brad Friedel.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for me and one that I am very grateful for.”- Neil Thompson



Date – December 17 & 18

Time – 9 am-11 am

Age – 2004-1999

Location- Quad Indoor Sports 2454, Oakton Street, Evanston, IL, 60202

PRICE – $160

This will be an intensive camp which is designed to give players the tools they need to be the best they can be! Camp React is geared at future College or Professional Level Goalkeepers. This will be a fast paced camp that should attract college coaches and goalkeeping fanatics from around the area.


Goodbye to a number of goalkeepers going on to College!!

  • Notre dame commit NCAA D1 – Duncan Turnbull
  • UIC commit NCAA D1 – Patrick McGrath
  • SIUE commit NCAA D1 – Nathan Chalus
  • Indiana State commit NCAA D1 – Brianna Riscossa
  • Amherst commit NCAA D3 – Will Dunne
  • Benedictine commit NCAA D3 – Shawn Chervets
  • Illinois Institute of Technology Commit NCAA D3 – Alex Kern
  • Illinois State Commit NCAA D1 – Megan Rickett
  • Illinois Wesleyan Commit NCAA D3 – Alex Ruckstaetter


Weekly training held at Judson University.

Designed to guide youth level players to the next level.

Big Cat Goalkeeping has a proven track record when it comes to getting players on to the next level.

Location- Judson University 1151 N state St Elgin IL 60123

Time – 7.30-9.00 am

Dates – August 20 – October 22

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Updated Camp Information


There has been a change. We are now meeting at Linder Tower at Judson University (tall white building that looks like a hotel as you approach campus). We look forward to meeting and greeting all the residential campers there tomorrow. The day campers and little tigers will also meet at Linder Tower on Monday.


Camp React Residential Campers 

Check-In 7/10/16 12.00pm – 2.00pm Linder Tower

Check-out 7/15/16 5.00pm -6.30pm Linder Tower

Day Campers and Little Tigers

Check-in 7/11/16 – 7/15/16 9.00am Linder Tower

Check-out 7/11/16 – 7/15/16 5.00pm Main Soccer Field

Brings – 

Training Kit (Shorts, socks, training shirts etc…)




Running Shoes

Shin Guardes

Indoor Shoes

Water Bottle

Sun Screen

Bug Spray


Change for laundry Machine

Money (To purchase spirit wear/kit from camp store)

Snacks (Nut Free)


Drinks (Bottled Water and Gatorade)

Water Bottle

Medical tape (For fingers and wrists)


Note Pad

Bedding (Bed sheets/ Sleeping bag and Pillow)

Please also ensure to all fill out this form along with any room requests 

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Rose takes Big Cat Goalkeeping to Colorado

Illinois ODP State Director of Goalkeeping Scott Rose joins Team Big Cat and launches academy in Colorado.

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Big Cat Budnik

Alex Budnik plays in USA’s 3-1 Victory over Canada.



Big Cat Gloves worn at Chelsea

Big Cat Goalkeeping gloves were worn when Blackburn Rovers took on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.



Location change 4/9

We are changing the location for tomorrow morning session due to the field conditions.
Now we will train at –
Soccer City Palatine.
545 S Consumers Ave, Palatine, IL 60074
Please meet at the facility no later than 7.15 so we can get going straight away.

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Camp React 2016 July 10-15, 2016

Judson University  

1151 N State Street, Elgin, IL

CAMP REACT is the camp where the goalkeepers that become elite attend. CAMP REACT will not only push goalkeepers to their limits but it will also educate the goalkeeper on roles and responsibilities of the position.

CAMP REACT will be directed by NEIL THOMPSON

Thompson, former Carlisle United and Hull City goalkeeper, has watched Camp React grow from strength to Strength and Confidently states they are “HANDS DOWN THE BEST GOALKEEPING YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROVIDER IN THE MIDWEST”.