26 MAY 2020

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First Team

Following successful spells managing both Dorking Wanderers’ u18s and u23s, Carl Downs has been promoted to the position of Assistant Coach for the First Team. Carl has really adopted the Wanderers spirit since his arrival, and his commitment and talent is rightly rewarded with an opportunity to develop his skills working alongside the First Team Management, who remain otherwise unchanged.


Professional Development Phase (PDP)

As part of reviewing the clubs successful pathway, Dorking Wanderers has restructured all development football to sit within its award winning Academy.


The Dorking Wanderers Academy will from September play host to over 80 further and higher education students. It continues to be headed up by the highly influential Jordan Clark, who moving forward will also oversee all development football within the club as Dorking Wanderers Director of Football. This pathway will include an Isthmian League u18 team as well as an u23 team, which this season will play in the Combined Counties League Division One. Ultimately the clubs aim is to offer advanced academy students the opportunity for extended footballing development through the PDP.


Dorking Wanderers Senior Committee member and Pathway Director Jason Rabbetts commented: “The restructuring of the club's pathway brings it in line with the U17 to U23 Professional Development Phase of the Elite Player Performance Plan practiced by professional football clubs.  It will provide a clear route to the first team for the best of our young talent within a consistent framework of professional coaching and philosophy. It's also a reward for the hard work of the coaches involved and a step forward for the club in line with its ambitions.”


Full list of u23 and u18 Management Teams for season 2020-21


Under 23s:

Jordan Clark – Manager

Luke Taylor – Assistant Manager

Jack Owen – Admin Secretary

Tom Fletcher – Assistant Coach

Ben Bargna – Assistant Coach/Performance Analyst

Stuart Sinclair – Sports Therapist

Trae Best – Strength & Conditioning Coach


Under 18s:

Jake Gallagher/Anthony Panayi – Joint Managers

Josh Gallagher – Head Coach

Harry Wickens – Assistant Coach

Dan Cunning – Physio & Goalkeeping Coach

Chris Williams – Strength & Conditioning Coach


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