Local businessman based in Whitfield, Dover.

Previously Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors with Dover Athletic FC.

Worked as an advisor with Folkestone Invicta FC, Hythe Town FC and Deal Town FC. Played local Sunday League football for many years and successfully run own company football team for 15 years.

Sponsored both Youth and Senior Local football clubs.

DAFC Youth Section, c/o R K Group, Honeywood Road, Whitfield, Dover, Kent CT16 3EH
01304 821000
www.rkgraphics.co.uk

Roger Knight

Chairman of DAFC Youth Section, R.K. Graphics

I’m a long time Retired Civil Servant and Local to this area all my life.

I’ve followed DAFC since being given a Season Ticket at the age of 13, and played the game, for a time under Alf Bentley at Snowdown Colliery FC, but like to think I was better known locally as a Cricketer—another great sport!

I love to see the lads out on the pitch on Sundays, rather than playing Computer Games, and certainly enjoy the job I do for The DAFC Youth Section.

John Richards

Fixture Secretary

I have been involved locally in Youth Football as a team Manager for 8 years finishing with the Dover Athletic U18’s in the 2015/16 season. I have also been Secretary of the DAFC Youth Section and DAFC Club Welfare Officer for the past 3 years, both positions that I still hold.

I am a member of the FA Licensed Coaches Club and I am passionate about player development and would like to see local players coming through the ranks and have the opportunity to sign for Dover Athletic First Team in the not too distant future.

07967 813316
jon@sportyshop.co.uk

Jon Barrett

Secretary and Child Welfare Officer

Chris Lynch is the Head of Youth Development at Dover Athletic Youth Section, he is charged with developing young talent throughout the ages ranges of U13’s – U18’s ensuring a standard of excellence is achieved, in line with the first teams ambitions of attaining league football status.

He is also charged with creating an environment for both players and coaches to aspire to the highest possible levels.

Chris is the U18’s Manager at Dover Athletic a position he has held since June 2016. And the author of the Youth Development Model for the Youth Section.

Chris begun his career playing youth football in Dover, representing both Dover and Kent. He spent time on trial with Luton 1996, then Watford in the championship under Graham Taylor in 1999, Chris was highly sought after in the late 90’s with both Manchester United and Aston Villa courting him, unfortunately his playing career was cut short due to injury.

Chris is now a qualified FA licensed Coach and Head Coach at Dover Athletic Youth section.

Chris Lynch

Head of Youth / Under 18's Manager

After having a brief spell of youth football with Gillingham FC Paul went on to sign and play Southern league for Margate FC in late 70s. Moved in mid 80s to Ramsgate FC in Kent League before knee injury forced early retirement aged 23. Went onto gain FA coaching qualifications and a member of Licensed Coaches Association. Coached with local clubs and schools before returning to Ramsgate FC to help in their youth development program becoming lead youth coach. Currently Assistant Manager to Head of Youth Development Chris Lynch at the Under 18 squad. Paul Meade

Under 18's Assistant Manager

I am employed in the sport and leisure sector and being involved with the Dover Athletic Youth Section provides me with the opportunity to volunteer my time to support the ambitions of the club. In respect of my sporting background I played competitive football for a number of years in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire prior to moving to Kent. I now keep fit through cycling, running and occasionally 5-a-side when body allows.

klejfordham@yahoo.co.uk

Kevin Fordham

Under 16's Assistant Manager

My love for football started when I first got involved as a youth player for Folkestone. I played there for many years whilst also competing at schools level and was later a member of a Kent college team that went on to win the college national trophy and also the London college cup at the famous Hackney Marshes.

However, its coaching I really enjoy and as I approach my 10th year, I’ve had the absolute privilege of working with hundreds of players of varying ages and ability levels from u6 to seniors.

I first started at local side Dover Rangers and later spent a few years working with Crystal Palace before progressing to coaching/managing at District schools level.

More recently I’ve completed a lot of charity work for ‘Football Beyond Borders’ raising money for disadvantaged children to take part in football and I continue to set up community based sessions to get children from all walks of life involved in the beautiful game.

An FA licenced coach, I have a real passion for coaching/developing players and I’m really looking forward to working with this incredibly talented bunch of lads at Dover Athletic, and its fantastic to be apart of the club I’ve supported since a boy.

Colin Wilkins

Under 13's Team Manager