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.
Head of Coaching
Anthony joined the academy in December 2019, having previously held roles as a Regional Coach Mentor and a County Coach Developer for the FA. His coaching experience includes six years in the academy of Tottenham Hotspur FC, and supporting the FA national team at U18/19 level under the tutelage of Noel Blake.
Along with working in China, Europe and parts of the Caribbean, he also spent two years in Bangladesh, where he was Head of Coaching and Lead Tutor for the national elite players at the Sports and Education Institute (BKSP) in Dhaka.
James Oliver Pearce
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.
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.
Head of Physical Performance
William joined the Club in January 2020 to lead the Physical Performance department. He joined the club after a spell in the North, where he held the same role at Grimsby Town FC. He's also gained experience with a number of clubs, including Carlisle United, Wakefield Wildcats & Nottingham Forest.
William holds an undergraduate Degree in Sport Rehabilitation alongside a postgraduate degree in Strength & Conditioning. William is also undergoing the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) supervised experience, whereupon completion he will gain Chartered Scientist status.
William oversees the department, which includes the delivery of the Academy's Physical Curriculum, Performance Testing and GPS analysis. In addition to nutrition & recovery education, to assist the Wimbledon Academy Player through each step of their physical journey.
Alongside his role at AFC Wimbledon, he runs his own business in Athletic Performance.
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.
Academy Head of Operations
Michael initially joined the club in 2012 as part of the then Community Football Scheme, both as a community coach and administrator. In 2014 he took up the position of Central and Coaching Programmes Administrator at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, and soon after was promoted to Special Projects and Operations Officer for both the Foundation and Global Coaching Team at Tottenham Hotspur.
Prior to joining AFC Wimbledon back in 2012, Michael completed five years in Milwaukee, WI, USA competing on a Soccer Scholarship at Cardinal Stritch University whilst earning a degree in Sports Management. Following graduation, he then gained valuable experience in New Zealand working for Auckland Football Federation.
In 2019 Michael was appointed Academy Operations Manager.
Elliot’s role as Academy administrator lies heavily behind the scenes working alongside Michael Cook to carry out all admin and operational tasks.
This role pans across a broad spectrum from player registrations, assisting the games programme logistics on a weekly basis, maintaining our office facilities and is ultimately the first point of contact for anyone who comes across the Academy.
Head of Education
Head of Academy Talent ID
Performance support staff
Designated Safeguarding Officer: Frank Thompson
Academy Performance Support Consultant: Daniella Osu
Head of Performance Analysis: Ahmed Jama
Health and Safety Officer: Bob Sherwood
Under 9 Head Coach: Nicholas Wright
Under 9 Assistant: Shae Bryant
Under 10 Head Coach: Chayenne Kamaran
Under 11 Head Coach: Lee Ranson
U10 / U11 Assistant:
Under 12 Head Coach & Lead Foundation Phase (U7-12): Jack Matthews
Under 12 Assistant: Joe Elbishlawi
Under 13 Head Coach: Shade Ashour
Under 14 Head Coach: Andy Parslow
U13 / U14 Assistant:
Under 16 Head Coach & Lead Youth Phase (U12-16): James Oliver Pearce
Under 15 / 16 Assistant: Hasib Saed
Under 15 / 16s Assistant:
Youth Phase Goalkeeping Coach
Seb came through the youth system of Brentford, moving up through the academy to the first team before joining AFC Wimbledon in 2009.
Seb made over 100 appearances for the club between 2009-2014, and he earned legend status when he saved two penalties in the 2010-11 Conference playoff final penalty shootout as we beat Luton Town to gain promotion to the Football League. He was named as the goalkeeper for the 2010-11 Conference Team of the Year.
Since leaving the club, Seb has combined his playing career with coaching and rejoined AFC Wimbledon in 2016 as an Academy Goalkeeping Coach.
Glyn congratulates young Dons after cup glory20 November 2020
Glyn Hodges has sent a message of congratulations to our Under-18s and academy staff after they won silverware on Tuesday night.
Extra time for young Dons30 June 2020
Academy Manager Michael Hamilton has announced that David Fisher and Elliott Bolton have agreed short-term scholarship extensions.
Coaching opportunity with the Academy15 October 2019
The AFC Wimbledon Academy is seeking a physical performance coach to work across all our age groups.