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Academy management

Michael Hamilton copy.jpgMichael Hamilton
Academy Manager

Michael was appointed as Academy Manager in 2019 having previously held multiple roles at the club including Head of Coaching and Lead Youth Phase (U13s to U16s).

Michael has since played a pivotal role in developing players who have progressed to both professional and international football.

Prior to joining the club he was at Millwall Football Club working within their academy coaching set up. In 2021 Michael was appointed as Loans Manager, which he combines with his Academy Manager role.


Michael Cook
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 before departing in 2014 to take up the position of Central and Coaching Programmes Administrator at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Michael was soon 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.


anthony ferguson.jpgAnthony Ferguson
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 copy.jpgJames Oliver Pearce
Under 18s Head Coach

James joined the club in 2012, starting off working in the foundation phase, before working across different age groups within the youth phase.

In 2015 James joined the Academy full time as the assistant to the Under 18 and has played a crucial role in the development of players who have progressed to professional careers.

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, before being appointed the Under 18s Head Coach in 2021.


Jack Matthews copy.jpgJack Matthews
Lead Youth Phase Coach (U13-16)

Jack joined the Academy in 2016 as a coach in the Foundation Phase (U9-12) having previously held roles at Coerver Coaching and Barnet Football Club.

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.

In 2021 Jack was appointed as Lead Youth Phase Coach after spending 2 years as the Lead Foundation Phase Coach.


Nicholas Wright copy.jpgNicholas Wright
Lead Foundation Phase Coach

Nicholas joined the club in 2016, initially as a volunteer coach, before working across all age groups within the foundation phase.

In 2021, Nicholas joined the full-time staff as the new Foundation Phase Lead, overseeing the development of 9s to 12s age groups, whilst helping out with the 18s.

Nicholas currently holds the UEFA B Licence Qualification and is currently studying his Masters in Sporting Directorship.


Liam Connor copy.jpgLiam Connor
Head of Physical Performance

Liam joined the Club in December 2020 to lead the Physical Performance department. Liam oversees the implementation of the physical performance department across all academy age groups.


Jenna Richards.pngJenna Richards
Physical Performance and Medicine Manager

Jenna started working at the club in 2012 initially as an academy physio, before becoming full-time as Lead Therapist for the Academy a year later.

In 2014 Jenna stepped into her current role as Physical Performance and Medicine Manager Department, alongside being the physio for the U18s squad.


Stuart Page.jpgStuart Page
Head of Education

Stuart oversees the education programme for the scholars and acts as a consultant for the education across all age groups.

Stuart is a teacher who brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the club.


ben foshuene.jpgBen Foshuene
Head of Academy Talent ID

As Head of Academy Talent ID, Ben is responsible for overseeing the identification of potential players to join the Academy.

Prior to joining AFC Wimbledon, Ben was part of the academy scouting department at Brentford FC.


Ahmed Jama
Head of Academy Performance Analysis

Ahmed joined the club in 2018 on a part time basis, before being appointed as the Head of Academy Performance Analysis in 2019.


Deji Olorukoba-Oseni
Academy Administrator

Deji joined the academy in 2021, as Academy administrator. He plays a key role behind the scenes, working in cohesion with all departments within the academy to carry out administrative and operational tasks.

Performance support staff

Designated Safeguarding Officer: Frank Thompson

Head of Performance Analysis: Ahmed Jama

Health and Safety Officer: Bob Sherwood



Foundation phase

Under 12 Head Coach & Lead Foundation Phase (U7-12): Nicholas Wright

Coach: Shae Bryant

Coach: Sam Wolfe

Coach: Nathan Headley


Youth phase

Under 16 Head Coach & Lead Youth Phase (U12-16): Jack Matthews

Coach: Andre Thomas

Coach: Mitch Garrett

Coach: Gerald Lami

Coach: Hasib Saed

Coach: Shade Ashour

Coach: Lee Ranson


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Academy news

Club News

Academy quintet offered pro deals

16 June 2022

We are now in a position to provide supporters with an update on our successful Academy programme ahead of the 2022/23 season.

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Glyn congratulates young Dons after cup glory

20 November 2020

Glyn Hodges has sent a message of congratulations to our Under-18s and academy staff after they won silverware on Tuesday night.

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Club News

Extra time for young Dons

30 June 2020

Academy Manager Michael Hamilton has announced that David Fisher and Elliott Bolton have agreed short-term scholarship extensions.

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Club News

Coaching opportunity with the Academy

15 October 2019

The AFC Wimbledon Academy is seeking a physical performance coach to work across all our age groups.

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