About Dondonald Development

A shared passion for ‘The Beautiful Game’ formed a tight friendship between best buds Robert Harriot and Oral Williams, whose love of football made them want to share it with the community. They set up Dundonald Development as a local initiative to bring a dedicated and qualified football coaching scheme to the Borough of Merton.

Armed with a team of professional FA affiliated coaches, we work closely with footballers of all ages and abilities, regardless of race, culture, gender or social status. Our motto is ‘Teaching Through Football’ because we want to pass on valuable skills both on and off the pitch. By combining knowledge, experience and passion, we mentor, motivate and deliver programmes that go way beyond football.

Alongside Real Dundonald, our multiple cup finalists’ men’s team, Dundonald Development’s two youth teams (under 14s and seniors), have also won many trophies and accolades over the last four seasons. Both teams have received ‘Charter Standard’ status, a prestigious kitemark recognised by the FA governing bodies, and only awarded to well-run clubs that continually meet strict criteria.

Dundonald Development help 6-16 year olds build confidence and express themselves through fun and learning. We host football themed children’s parties and run a football camp every school holiday, which creates the perfect environment for kids make friends and share their love for the nation’s beautiful game.

We pride ourselves in our ability to reach out to people, young and old alike. Our unique services branch out across a number of social settings within the London and Surrey areas, including schools, community centres and after school clubs. Regardless of venue size we can help meet your requirements, so please email bob@dundonalddevelopment.com to make enquiries.

Our Story So Far

By simple word of mouth, Dundonald Juniors formed in the late spring/early summer of 2014, and in just a few short years, they have come a long way. It all started with meeting in the local park every week without fail. Everyone had a lot of fun and built new friendships. Not only did they develop into a good footballing team, but importantly developed as young individuals. Robert and Oral (Head Coach) taught all the footballing fundamentals, such as passing, communication, movement, positional play, vision, and awareness. This culminated in the youth team winning their division by an impressive 11-point lead in the respected Surrey Youth League. This remarkable achievement for a brand new team resulted in the boys being put up two divisions for the 2014/15 season. Now they have begun working in schools with specialist sports teams, after school clubs, and even enrichment programmes using localised Sports Premium Funding. The future looks bright.