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New mural offers Monday motivation for young Dons and staff

Inspiration for academy prospects and staff

8 October 2018

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The AFC Wimbledon Academy facilities received a welcome makeover in time to inspire young prospects and staff at the start of the working week.

As shown by the picture above, a classroom at the training ground has been adorned with "The Dons" and our club crest, thanks to a link-up with Graffiti KiNGS.

Of course, supporters and anyone interested in taking a look, will be able to see it for themselves at the AFC Wimbledon Fun Day and Minithon this Sunday!

Academy Manager Jeremy Sauer said: "It is about having our identity out there for players and staff whilst trying to bring the training ground alive a little bit. It's something a bit alternative as well so I think the boys will really like it. The cabin is called the Learning Zone and is really important to us, it was brought in last March to open up all sorts of options to extend the boys development programme. In the hall upstairs at the training ground it is communal, so we didn't really have much space. In the cabin we have a TV in there to do match analysis on, we have desks and chairs so that the boys can get their laptops out. We have staff & team meetings in there too, so it's a very useful facility.

"It is used by the whole academy. Obviously, the Under-18s are in there more because they are here during the day, but the other age groups will also use it before matches on Saturdays and Sundays. We do match prep in there, looking at tactics and other stuff, before they go out for their warm-ups. The facility is a big step forward for us.

"We've put together an Academy Parents Association (APA), a bit similar to a PTA at school involving parents. The idea is that we start pooling all their knowledge and resources to help the academy whilst also being able to hear more from the parents about our own programme. I said to the parents on Thursday that one of the projects we want to do is to decorate the Learning Zone at the training ground and we hoped it would be something that the APA would be able to help with. A parent of one of our Under-13 players know the guys at Graffiti KiNGS, so that's how it got set-up. The parents have paid for it and we're extremely grateful."

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