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Skill Up With Wanderers At Meadowbank

Posted: 20th February 2018

Aspiring young footballers are being offered the chance to train on the pitch at the new Meadowbank Stadium in Dorking, experiencing the skills and drills of professional academy coaching.


Dorking Wanderers, who will be based at the new community stadium when it opens in March, have announced the launch a new Technical Development Centre. It will be run at the ground for local players aged 6 to 12 who want to improve their game in a challenging and dedicated environment, while training in the same facilities as the club’s celebrated first team squad.


The Dorking Wanderers Technical Development Centre is being run in conjunction with Josh Evans Soccer School, which already provides similar high level training through League One club AFC Wimbledon in the foundation phase of the academy and also has an invitational academy in Leatherhead with over a hundred players, 16 of whom have been signed into professional academies, as well as running two other Technical Development Centres.


Josh Evans, who was a teenaged first team player for Dorking Wanderers some ten years ago, is a UEFA B qualified coach and will be delivering the training personally each Monday evening from 6pm. Players will train in a specially created Dorking kit, in club colours.


“The aim is to offer training that complements each player’s existing team commitment,” Josh Evans says.


“Players will continue to play games and train with the local clubs, but will also have weekly access to our technical and skill-based training with high quality coaching.”


Josh is particularly looking forward to offering the opportunities to young players in Mole Valley. He says, “The area around Dorking has often been missed out by the youth coaching from professional league clubs, so I'm really pleased to be working with Wanderers to fill the gap, using the fantastic facilities that we’ll have at the new Meadowbank Stadium.”


Jason Rabbetts of the Dorking Wanderers Senior Management Team has been instrumental in bringing the club’s new Technical Development Centre to Meadowbank. He explains, “Dorking Wanderers is a club firmly rooted in the local football community and, with the move to Meadowbank, we really want to make use of the opportunity to expand the range and quality of football on offer in the town.


“The Technical Development Centre really brings us something new. The standard of the coaches and the confidence this sort of training gives young players can make a real difference to their development - and it gives another opportunity for local people to get involved with the club at what is going to be a buzzing new community stadium.”


Dorking Wanderers play their opening match at the new stadium against Leatherhead on 27th March and the Technical Development Centre runs in term time, getting underway on Monday 16th April. Initially, sessions are open to all boys and girls aged 6 to 12 and with playing experience, with players then continuing on an invitational basis.


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