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Thursday 24 September 2009
Youth Development Appointments from the Oxford United programme

After home games we sometimes publish articles from the programme that provide news or information about the club and Trust and which haven't previously appeared on this site.

This linked feature updates fans on appointments in the Youth Development Programme.


Following on from the strategic direction of the Dons Trust to continue our investment in the Youth Development Programme, we are pleased to announce the appointment of two youth development managers in new roles. They will be responsible for overseeing the development of a range of youth age groups.

Mark Robinson will head up the Senior Academy, covering the under-16 to under-19 age groups, and will continue to manage the Merton College based Under-19 squad. Mark has been with the club for around four years, firstly coaching at mini-soccer level, staying with the squad that last season achieved a treble of league, cup and county cup.

“I’m very excited about my new role,” Mark said. “In my three years at the club, I’ve found the passion of the club and its supporters completely infectious, and I’m confident that if given a bit of time I can develop an academy the club can be proud of – one that will produce players good enough to make it into the first team. I would like to thank Under-13 manager Tony Wilson for bringing me to the club and the board for giving me this fantastic opportunity.”

Jeremy Sauer will head up the Junior Academy, covering all mini soccer from under-7 to under- 10, and the first year of eleven-a-side at under-11. Jeremy has been with the club for several seasons, firstly as what is known as a Coerver coach, helping to develop techniques and skills in our youngest players, and subsequently as coach to last season’s under-10 age group.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work for such a prestigious club on a day-to-day basis,” said Jeremy. “Wimbledon’s rich history and forward-thinking approach to youth development will enable the Junior Academy to recruit, train and develop the best young players in the area. My aim is to create a fully professional section while enabling our coaches to give Junior Academy players the required development plans that will fully prepare them for eleven-a-side football and progression through the club’s older youth teams.”

Further appointments to make up the overall YDP management team will be made over the next few months.