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Mike Sandmann

Mike Sandmann

Academy Manager

Staff Bio – Mike Sandmann is a Uefa A licence coach who is the Academy Manager of the Football Academy. He has had professional experience with Crystal Palace and Gillingham Football Club. He also has experience with Dover Athletic working closely with the first team as a coach.

Rob Peck

Rob Peck

Assistant Manager

Staff Bio – Rob Peck is a UEFA B Qualified, Youth Module 3

Technical Development Coach for Gillingham Football Club and Foundation Phase Manager for 6 to 11 year olds, over seeing six Development Centres and Manage Under 9's Academy team.

16 years of Coaching experience started off grassroots Football in Medway, moved on to Kent league with Chatham Town.

Also worked for Manchester United Soccer Schools for six years working throughout the uk and international projects in Canada, Malaysia and Singapore.

 

Andy Rafferty

Andy Rafferty

Academy Coach

Staff Bio – Andy Rafferty is a coach/ goalkeeping coach who plays for Dover Athletic first team. 

Gemma Horswell

Gemma Horswell

Academy Physio

Staff Bio – I have worked with Dover Athletic Academy as their sports conditioning trainer for 1 year, this season that role has been expanded to include becoming the sports therapist for the academy. As well as working with Dover Athletic Academy I am also the sports therapist for Herne Bay FC 1st team (of which I work through Rob Horswell Training and Team Buckley) and Kent FA U18's.

When I'm not working with Dover I am a fitness instructor and personal trainer at The Abbey Sports Centre, and also have personal training and sports massage clients through Rob Horswell Training.

Match Report

Dover vs Bromley

Goals

Robinson x 2

 

Match report vs Bromley 12/09/17

 

Match report from Lydon Dixon

 

The game started off well for the academy, pressing high and eventually paying off when Ryan kingsford takes the ball from a Bromley player, taking the ball forward he picked out Jordan Bartlett who shimmered away from a player and played a threw ball to Matty Robinson who calmly finished the ball in the bottom corner. Time moved on and after a cracking first half from the academy the half ended 1-0 to Dover.

 

Bromley come out strong in the second half. A long ball caused confusion between the Keeper and defence leading to a free header which drew them level. Bromley then broke forward again with a good but lucky finish from the Bromley CM making it 2-1. Dover kept bombarding the Bromley defence creating chance after chance but weren't able to find the net. Dover defended a well swung corner and caught out Bromley on the brake with Marshall Wratten who was driving forward, he then split the defence with a sublime threw ball to Matty Robinson who then placed the ball bottom corner levelling the score to 2-2. Dover kept applying the pressure in the last 10 minutes of the game but where unlucky not to find the back of the net. With the game ending 2-2 the academy move onto there next game against Dartford Whites.

 

Man of the match: Matty Robinson

Football Academy Students

2015

Ben Cardwell

Ben Cardwell

Striker

Blake Cornish

Blake Cornish

Goalkeeper

Rhys Austin

Brandon De Grout

Striker

Tom Holmes

Cameron Hefferman

Midfielder

Ben Thurston

Charlie Davies

Winger

Michael Dowling

Charlie Manning

Midfielder

Jack Paxman

Connor Miller

Midfielder

Toby Waters

Connor Wilkins

Midfielder

Connor Wilsher

Connor Wilsher

Midfielder

Olivier Neilson

Emmanual Barnett

Striker

Elliot Newell

Francis Nye

Midfielder

Karl Chapman

Harry Miller

Midfielder

Oge Agwu

Jack Bushell

Striker

Daniel Sadler

Jack Osbourne

Defender

Christian Park

Jack Paxman

Defender

Harry Priddle

Jackson Cullen Cooper

Midfielder

Charlie Manning

James Tonkin

Goalkeeper

Alfie Paxman

James Wood

Midfielder

Simbrashe Nywuara

Johnathan Tumber

Midfielder

Kyron Lightfoot

Jordan Axford

Midfielder

Max Rowbotham

Jordan Baxendale

Winger

Francis Nye

Jordan Holiday

Defender

Wesley Walton

Kane Randall

Midfielder

Jack Saunders

Karl Chapman

Defender

David Reynolds

Kieran Young

Midfielder

Dylan Langthorne

Kyron Connelly

Midfielder

James Wood

Kyron Lightfoot

Midfielder

Aaron Hicks

Luke Eldridge

Midfielder

James Wood

Mason East

Goalkeeper

Aaron Hicks

Michael Dowling

Defender

James Wood

Nathan Sieloff

Defender

Aaron Hicks

Oge Agwu

Defender

James Wood

Ryan Birch

Goalkeeper

Aaron Hicks

Ryan Prescott

Striker

James Wood

Simbrashe Nywuara

Winger

Aaron Hicks

Stan Waller

Goalkeeper

James Wood

Toby waters

Defender

Aaron Hicks

Tom Holmes

Defender

James Wood

Tom Roberts

Goalkeeper

Aaron Hicks

Zac Flood

Defender

Match Report

Dover vs Maidstone

Goals

Marshall Wratten, Jordan Bartlett

 

Match report vs Maidstone 20th March 2017

 

Match report from Jack Smith

 

On Monday 20th march 2017 Dover athletic under 19s took on current league leaders Maidstone united ambers in the conference youth alliance league.

 

A bright start from the much more experienced side sees the shot of jack Richards bring a good save for Dover captain Stan Waller only for the ball to fall to the feet of the big number 9 David smith giving Maidstone the lead.

 

25 minutes gone and a crisp pass followed up by a surging run from left back tom bond met by a sublime return pass from Marshall Wratten sees bond whip a very good ball with pace across the 6-yard box and onto Jordan bartlett's head giving Dover an equaliser.

 

Halftime and Dover manager Mike Sandmann praising the players for their efforts for growing into the game and having a positive reaction from conceding so early on.

 

Good forward pressing from Dover number 9 Ben Caldwell sees a mistake from former Dover player tom Carlton as a weak back pass is met by the raw determination of Marshall Wratten as he slots the ball past Nathan parsons in the Maidstone goal.

 

75 minutes and a lapse of concentration from the Dover defence sees the number 17 of Maidstone catch Waller off guard at his near post and Maidstone get an equaliser.

 

80 minutes and ball flicked on by Caldwell sees Jordan Bartlett through on goal as it's set for the winner he lobs the ball over the keeper only to hit the bar and the chance goes squabbling. Up to the over end and a perfectly timed run from the Maidstone midfielder heroically blocked by jack smith redeeming himself from his earlier mistake.

 

A game that lacked quality and any real passion for winning was outshone by the work rate by the two sides.

Football Academy - Team

The Football Academy represent Dover Athletic in the Conference Youth league, the highest league outside professional status.

 

The Academy players train everyday like professionals improving their knowledge of the game improving them as players in order to progress to the next level.

 

The Academy players also study a range of courses continuing with their education Studying A Level courses gaining the necessary qualifications to take them further in their chosen career.

Team Picture 2015

 

Last Updated: 14th October 2014

Match Report

Dover vs Ebbsfleet

Goals

Matthew Robinson

 

Man of the Match

Kyron Connolly

 

Match report vs Ebbsfleet 15th March 2017

 

Match report from Lewis Mitchell

 

On Monday 13th March 2017 Dover athletic under 19s played ebbsfleet academy in the conference youth alliance league. Baring in mind that the young Dover side hadn't played in 3 weeks (proven by the performance) held out a 1-0 victory against a good ebbsfleet side.

 

A very slow start to the game set the tempo throughout the afternoon, although ebbsfleet had more of the ball they failed to carve out any real chance to worry captain Stan Waller in the Dover goal, 29 minutes and Dovers number 10 chris Barnard was brought down 30+ yards from goal, Matthew Robinson over the kick strikes the wall causing the keeper all sorts of bother as the ball sails over his head, giving Dover the lead.

 

Half time and Manager Mike sandmann giving the players a dressing down about the lack of intensity, this proved to be a much needed as Dover looked a completely different side in the second half. The central half paring of Joshua spencer and kyron Connolly was vital in stopping any form attack from ebbsfleet, although Dover had started a lot brighter in the second half they was luster in front of goal and couldn't find that final pass.

 

75 minutes and Marshall Wratten whips a delicious ball causing the two centre halfs of ebbsfleet including the keeper puzzled as the ball finds Jordan Bartlett a dodgy bounce sees the ball sit up and the chance goes squabbling.

 

A game that lacked a lot of intensity and quality was undermined by the work rate of the young Dover side as they all pulled together and saw the game out. Manger Mike sandmann said "lacked intensity but a good result and couldn't fault the work rate." At the end of the day they team gain a much needed 3 points in the league.

Who can apply?

  • FA 02Anyone with football ability to at least district level, who can display all the necessary attributes to improve to be the best they can be.
  • Only players from the age of 16 and 17 years of age as at 31st August in any season will be eligible to apply.
  • Year 11 students who will be leaving at the end of the academic year.
  • Entry will be by formal interview and a practical assessment (trial). Testimonies from suitable people (PE teachers, club, district, County etc) are welcomed.

 

Entry requirements

  • Open to any elite footballers from Year 11 or 12 in Kent in year 1.
  • Stringent entry requirements on ability and character
  • Students to apply using the Abbey School 6th form application forms
  • Entry will be accepted upon successful trial, subsequent interview and references.

 

Trials

If you would like information about the upcoming trials please contact Academy Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Match Report

Dover vs Bromley

Goals

Matthew Robinson x1

Ben Cardwell x2

Kyron Connelly x1

 

Match report vs Bromley 22nd February 2017

 

Match report from Stan Waller

 

On a windy wet day Dover Athletic took on Bromley FC, the game started with an early opportunity for the home side but luckily keeper Stan Waller denied him. In the 20th minute Connor Miller won the ball off the Bromley midfielder releasing Marshal Wratten through to drive at the keeper and playing the ball across the box for Ben Cardwell to tap the ball in with ease.

 

Five minutes later Bromley carried the ball from the midfield towards Dover's area and with a nice piece of play moving the ball around the Dover defence they found themselves through on goal and slotted past the Dover keeper Stan Waller into the bottom corner.

 

Ten minutes later Jordan Bartlett played a ball over the top towards Ben Cardwell to chase, the Bromley keeper came and smothered the ball but lost control towards the touch line and Ben Cardwell curled the ball from a tight angle with his left foot was denied by the Bromley defender edging the ball onto the post luckily Matty Robinson was there to clean up the pieces and tap the ball into the net 2-1 to Dover.

 

Bromley responded by pushing players forward and getting one on one with the Dover athletic keeper, they fired a shot which was saved but rebounded back to the Bromley centre forward and was looped over the keeper but defender Kyron Conelly heroically denied a certain goal with an acrobatic overhead kick to clear the ball away to safety.

 

Five minutes before the break Dover found themselves with a corner which was whipped in by Matty Robinson and was met by Kyron Conelly who volleyed the ball into the back of the net from around the penalty spot. Half time Dover 3 Bromley 1

 

As the second half begun Bromley were piling on the pressure and putting Dover under pressure, 15 minutes into the game a chance for Bromley to get back into the game coming from the left winger of Bromley cutting across the Dover full back and firing a shot across goal luckily again Kyron Conelly kept Dovers lead in tack.

 

Five minutes later Marshall Wratten cleared the ball down the line finding the feet of the Ben Cardwell who spun the defender just inside the Dover half and drove towards goal shaking off the Bromley defender and finding himself in the box and slotting into the bottom corner past the Bromley keeper. Dover 4 Bromley 1

 

For the remainder of the game Bromley kept testing the Dover defence and keeper however they were a match to the task and kept it tight at the back with a few important tackles and saves by the Dover athletic goalkeeper. The final whistle blew, a good performance from Dover winning the game 4-1. 

The Academy - About Us

Academy team take title in 5 1 victoryMission Statement

To provide elite football coaching of a professional standard to young players with ambition of progressing in the game with Dover Athletic, or other senior clubs, along with a structured academic/vocational educational programme that meets their learning needs.

 

How the Academy Operates

What is an Academy?

An opportunity to be coached and train full time with a National League Football Academy, whilst studying for A-Levels/BTEC level 3 courses or GCSE re-takes of your choice. This will give you opportunities to develop academically as well as working towards your dream of becoming a professional footballer. It is the closest you will get to an apprenticeship at a Professional club.

 

Key points
  • Comprehensive technical syllabus, covering all aspects of the game
  • Qualified coaching Staff to UEFA A standard
  • Games programme linked to the Football National Youth League
  • Opportunities to be scouted by professional Football Clubs
  • Games programme in the National Youth Alliance which is the highest league outside professional football
  • A Pathway to our first team Dover Athletic in the National League

 

What can I study?

 

The Football Club

General Information

Dover Athletic LogoDover Athletic Football Club is an association football team based in the town of Dover, Kent, England, who play in the National League.

 

The club was formed in 1983 after the dissolution of the town's previous club, Dover, whose place in the Southern League was taken by the new club. In the 1989/90 season, Dover Athletic won the Southern League championship but failed to gain promotion to the Football Conference as the club's ground did not meet the required standard. Three seasons later the team won this title again and this time gained promotion to the Conference, where they spent nine seasons before being relegated. In April 2008, the club won the championship of Division One South and with it promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division. The following season Dover won the Premier League title and gained promotion to Conference South.

 

Dover have since been promoted to the national league after beating Ebbsfleet in the play-off final during the 2013/14 season. They reached the play offs in the 2015/16 season.

 

The team usually wear white shirts and are consequently nicknamed the Whites. They have played at the Crabble Stadium since the club's formation. The club's best performances in the FA Cup were reaching the 3rd round in both 2010-11 and 2014-15, while the best performance registered in the FA Trophy, the national competition for higher-level non-league clubs, was a run to the semi-finals in the 1997/98 season.

 

A significant number of the players in the Academy have signed professional terms for the club with Sean Raggett, now of Lincoln City, probably the most successful former player.

Teams

Dover Athletic runs many teams in several categories, with the First Team being the most senior of the all. Dover Athletics’ youth set-up includes some 38 teams training from U12s to U18's.

 

In addition, the Academy has replaced the Reserve side. The U18 and Academy management work closely with Chris Kinnear and his management team, to provide a route, for players that are good enough, to reach the very top of the Dover Athletic 'tree'.

 

Football Club Website

Visit: doverathletic.com

The Football Academy organised our year 9 students to attend the Lloret Cup in Spain.

Match Report

Dover vs Lewis

Goals

Matthew Robinson x3

Ben Cardwell x2

Jack Cussen

OG x1

 

Match report vs Lewis 1st February 2017

 

Match report from Matty Robinson

 

Dover bounce back after last week’s defeat to Hastings with a 7-2 victory over Lewis.

 

Lewes started strong as they were putting pressure on the Dover defence but Dover striker Ben Cardwell opened the scoring from a corner whipped in by Jordan Bartlett just 15 minutes into the first half.

 

Dover continued to put pressure of the home side as just 5 minutes later Matthew Robinson finished a clinical cut back from Conor Miller after his storming run down the right-wing to make it 2-0. Shortly after Cardwell bulldozed his way through the defence and cut it back to Robinson again who nearly finished it bottoms corner.

 

Dover added to the score line again after Robinson with a sublime corner which was deflected off of the Lewes defenders leg and into the back of the net.

 

For the fifth goal, Cardwell picked the ball up on the halfway line and completed a magnificent run with a cool, calm and collective finish, putting past the keeper in the bottom left corner.

 

A confusion at the back cause Dover giving the ball away sloppily resulting in Lewes counter attacking and getting a goal back just before the halftime whistle.

 

 Going into the second half Dover stepped off the pace and conceded a penalty which was slotted past the keeper Stan Waller.

 

After 10 minutes Dover picked the pace back with a wonderful half-volley from Robinson to conclude his hat-trick and gave Dover a comfortable 6-2 lead.

 

Dover completed a good day with a goal tidily finished by Jack Cussen the substitute. This ended the game with a 7-2 win for Dover to put them back in the race for the title.

 

Goal scorer: Matthew Robinson x3, Ben Cardwell x2, Jack Cussen x1, OG x1.



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