Michael joined the club in 2008, initially joining as Under 18 Assistant under Mark Robinson, when the Club was still operating in the Isthmian League Premier Division.
Alongside his role with the Under 18s he worked with the younger age groups in the Academy and combined his work with the Club and his academy role at Millwall FC (under the tutelage of Scott Fitzgerald).
Michael became full time in the Academy in 2011 and played a pivotal role in developing the players who progressed from the Academy into the first team. In 2017 he was appointed as the Academy Head of Coaching, overseeing the development programmes of both the Academy coaches and players. During this time Michael continued his own development by visiting environments such as La Masia (the academy of FC Barcelona) and the England National Rugby side.
Michael holds the UEFA A coaching qualification and is currently enrolled on the Premier Leagues Elite Head of Coaching Programme as well as studying for the FA Advance Youth Award.
In 2019 Michael was appointed Academy Manager.
Lead Youth Phase Coach (U12-16)
James joined the club in 2012, starting off working with the Under 12s before working across different age groups within the youth phase.
In 2015 James joined the academy full time as Under 18 Assistant and helped guide the team to the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons, as well as played a crucial role in the development of players such as Paul Kalambayi and Anthony Hartigan.
In 2019 James was appointed as Lead Youth Phase Coach, overseeing the development of the U13–16 age groups, whilst also managing the Under 16s.
James currently holds the UEFA A Licence Qualification and is currently studying for the FA Advance Youth Award.
Lead Foundation Phase Coach (U7-12)
Jack joined the Academy in 2016 as a coach in the Foundation Phase (U9-12) and prior to that had held roles at Coerver Coaching and Barnet FC.
Jack combined his role in the Academy with his role as a tutor in the foundation department at Fulham FC, and from 2018 as a coach in their Football and Education programme. Jack is a highly qualified individual, with qualifications including: PG Certificate in Applied Sports Nutrition, Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTTLS), MSc Sport Science (with Psychology), BSc Sport Psychology & Coaching Sciences.
Head of Physical Performance
Amy joined the Club in 2014, initially as the Under 9 Assistant Sport Scientist while on work experience in her final year of study at London Metropolitan University. While completing her sport science degree and masters she was offered further industry experience at the Club.
In 2016 she progressed into the role of Head of Academy Physical Performance, where she now oversees the department including fitness testing and analysis, individual and group performance sessions, injury prevention plans and a nutrition education program to enhance performance throughout the football season.
Amy currently holds a BSc Sport Science degree as well as a Masters in Strength & Conditioning. She combines her role with the academy while running her own business.
Lead Professional Phase Coach and Loans manager
Mark started with AFC Wimbledon in 2005, coaching voluntarily with an U9 group, alongside holding the position of U18 manager.
In 2008 Mark took up a full-time position as Head of Youth, and was tasked with restructuring the youth section in preparation for the Club being promoted back into the Football League (this was achieved in 2011).
Since 2011 Mark has held numerous roles, including Academy Manager, Head of Coaching and Academy Head of Football (all combined with his role as U18s manager). Mark has played an integral part in the development of numerous players that have gone on to break into the first team squad, as well as leading the U18s to the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup on two consecutive years from 2015 to 2017 (beating the likes of Watford, Newcastle, Huddersfield Town and Hull City).
In 2019 Mark was appointed as the Club's Lead Professional Phase Coach, where he oversees the transition of players from academy and first team. He combines this role with the position of Loans manager.
Mark currently holds the UEFA A licence and the The FA Advanced Youth Award.
Under 18s Head Coach
Rob joined the Academy in 2012, first helping out and assisting in the Foundation Phase. The following seasons he progressed to becoming a Head Coach in different age groups, before being appointed as Lead Foundation Phase Coach in 2015.
Rob was in this role for two seasons before again progressing to becoming Lead Youth Phase Coach in 2017 while managing the U16s. As part of the Academy restructuring in 2019, Rob was appointed as U18s Head Coach, where he works closely with Mark Robinson preparing boys for the next step in their career.
Physical Performance and Medicine Manager
Jenna started working at the club in 2012 as our U13-16 physio. The following season she started full-time as Lead Therapist for the Academy and then a year later stepped into her current role managing the Physical Performance and Medicine Manager Department, alongside being the physio for the U18s squad.
As a former national-level gymnast, Jenna understands the demands of being an elite athlete and carries this into her work. She is passionate about educating players to understand their injuries and what they need to do to recover.
Head of Education: Stuart Page
Designated Safeguarding Officer: Frank Thompson
Lead Sports Therapist: Dan Green
Performance Analysts: Ahmed Jama, Oscar Mcmillan, Kieran Jones
Under 9 Head Coach: Nicholas Wright
Under 9 Assistant: Martin Eldridge
Under 10 Head Coach: Joe Elbiswari
Under 11 Head Coach: Chayenne Kamaran
U10 / U11 Assistant: Lee Ranson
Under 12 Head Coach & Lead Foundation Phase (U7-12): Jack Matthews
Under 12 Assistant: Shade Ashour
Under 13 Head Coach: Andy Parslow
Under 14 Head Coach: Ross White
U13 / U14 Assistant: James Landridge
Under 16 Head Coach & Lead Youth Phase (U12-16): James Oliver Pearce
Under 16 Assistant: Hasib Saed
Head of Goalkeeping: Jordan Knight
Goalkeeping Coach: Seb Brown
AFC Wimbledon Academy – Job Opportunity7 May 2019
AFC Wimbledon’s Academy has an exciting vacancy for a part-time Administrator. Apply before Monday 13 May.