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Extra edge for rising Dons

17 April 2015

Blue and Yellow Club provide a helping hand

AFC Wimbledon’s rising talents will have an extra fitness edge as they strive to become first-team regulars after a generous donation from the Blue & Yellow Club.

Members of the Blue & Yellow Club donated funds so that heart monitors could be purchased for the development squad.

Following the game against Northampton, members of the club joined Senior Professional Development Coach  Alan Reeves, Sports Scientist Jason Moriarty, Erik Samuelson and Under-21s Will Nightingale and Ryan Sweeney to present the equipment.

Alan Reeves said: "I'm really grateful to the Blue & Yellow Club for funding the purchase of this equipment. Earlier this season I was pleased to join them as the guest at one of their dinners. As a fans-owned club, initiatives like this are a big boost to support the work we do."

The new monitors will allow club Sports Scientist Jason Moriarty, Alan and the rest of the backroom team, to more effectively monitor the training and development of the younger players.

Blue & Yellow Club member Alex Mitchell, who organised the initiative said: "Alan and the backroom staff have done a fantastic job of developing our younger players over the last couple of years.

"This season we've seen players such as Will break into the first team and produce some very impressive performances. And despite the result at Dagenham it was great to see yet another academy product, Ryan Sweeney, make his debut. 

"Primarily the Blue & Yellow Club focuses on raising funds for Neal's playing budget, but given the huge improvements our under-21s have made in the last two seasons, we wanted to ensure the club had the equipment they needed to properly monitor the lads in training." 

The Blue & Yellow Club was set up over two years ago by club Vice President Iain McNay and the late Martin Fielding and raises funds for Neal Ardley's playing budget. In return for a £1,000 annual fee, members receive unique benefits, such as regular dinners with Neal Ardley and Neil Cox, tickets to the end of season dinner and visits to the training ground. more information about joining the Blue & Yellow Club, please contact Iain McNay by e-mail at 

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