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Development Centre

Centre information
Age groups U7-U9 U7-U10
Day Friday Friday
Time 17.30-18.30 18.30-19.30
Venue Kingsmeadow Fitness & Athletic, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 3PB
Cost Typical 6 week block: £42. Place MUST be booked prior to attendance

Academy Trials (U9s to U11s)

The best players from our development centre will at some stage be invited to officially trial for our Academy. Since the centre is run by academy coaches, they know exactly the playing standard and mentality needed to progress to the next step.

Pre-Academy (U7s to U8s)

The Pre-Academy group are made up of the best invite only U7 and U8 players from the development centres. Both age groups will train once a week with a senior member of academy staff and be invited to play regular Saturday morning matches for AFC Wimbledon.

The overall aim of the Pre-Academy is to find the best 10-12 players ready for academy level football at U9s.

Coaching curriculum

Each 6 week block will have its own development theme based on the academy coaching curriculum. The themes being coached will include:

  • playing out from the back
  • high tempo possession based football
  • finishing
  • 1 v 1 skills

Within each block, coaches will deliver specific topics to players each week to develop understanding and execution of the block's overall theme.

Our academy coaches strive to create a positive learning environment for all players so that sessions are vibrant, challenging, enjoyable and nurturing.

We pride ourselves on NEVER over subscribing a session, ensuring a strict maximum 14:1 player to coach ratio.

Coaching staff

Andy MayAndrew May

Andy has worked within the Academy for three seasons and this season will be the assistant coach to our U12s age group.

Andy is also a UEFA 'B' coach year and has years of experience working with young players.


Rob TuveyRob Tuvey

Rob is a UEFA 'B' coach and is Head Coach of the U12 team.

An AFC Wimbledon fan himself and having worked in the Academy in various roles for several years, he knows what it takes to make the grade with the Dons!