October 26, 2017
On the eve of their camp in Sheffield, England National Team Programme have appointed long-time Sheffield Academy coach Jeff Colton to the programme as an Assistant Coach.
Colton is one of the cornerstones of the Sheffield Academy having spent the last ten years or more working with all of the age groups and being part of the coaching and management team that has secured countless league and national titles as well as producing some of the best talent seen in an England shirt.
England head coach Ben Pitchley said: “I have known Jeff for many years. Both of his lads have been through the England programme over the past six years and with his youngest son graduating from our U15’s last season.
“Jeff has seen the new-look ENTP up close, he knows what he is getting in to for sure.”
Jeff Colton has worked with all age groups and has been successful with both player and team development. He runs regular power-skating and skill development sessions with a number of midlands clubs and was recently appointed to Midlands Conference by Martyn Etheridge
Etheridge said: “Jeff is one of the game’s great people. He is a regular fixture at rinks across the Midlands and both of his boys have represented Conference and England so he is an easy fit to our programme. He’ll become a big asset to us.”
Colton will be assisting with England U14 boys on Friday at the ENTP Development Camp at Ice Sheffield.
He will initially be part of the Technical Team which is being expanded to provide additional capacity and support, driven by increased participant numbers within the England setting as well as the additional roles to support the emerging U11 Power of Ten programme which is surrounding the U11 Conference Tournament Series.
It is for Colton’s work with the younger age groups that caught Ben Pitchley’s attention.
“Jeff has been working with U9’s for a number of years. One of the main reasons Sheffield teams play so well is because Jeff has them skating with hockey specific skating drills which is a big part of what he brings to our programme,” said Pitchley.
“We want to prepare our kids for the next level and with Jeff on board we have added another dimension to our staff team.
“It’s great to have him on board with us.”
ENTP staff were at Sheffield first thing this morning (Thursday) to support the ‘This Girl Can’ development day for over 80 girls, while tomorrow sees the England camp for u13, u14 and u15 teams under the watchful gaze of Ice Hockey UK development head coach Tony Hand.