October 25, 2017

daintithAndy Daintith is the new assistant coach for the England U15 boys team.

England programme head coach Ben Pitchley confirmed the appointment this morning as the ENTP build towards their camps in Sheffield this week.

Daintith, the Kingston Sharks head coach, replaces Nick Poole who stood down from the post at the start of this season.

“We lost Nick Poole due to his work and business interests and he is a big loss to our programme,” said Pitchley.

“I am grateful to Nick for the time and effort he spent helping us re-shape the U15 programme, he brought a wealth of playing and coaching experience to our programme and I am very grateful to him for what he has done for us. We wish Nick well for the future.”

Andy Daintith comes in to the England programme from the Northern Conference where he has considerable experience both in terms of leadership and coaching delivery. As the Head Coach at Kingston he has practical experience of all of their junior programme as well as overseeing the national league teams.

Speaking on the appointment Ben Pitchley said: “I spoke with Martyn Etheridge about the candidates and Andy was the stand-out applicant. This is a tough age group and Andy has lots of experience of dealing with conference and national league players and has shown that he knows how to nurture talent from his junior programme in to senior positions.

“Andy delivers not only at club level but also on the conference stage so he is the ideal candidate to help take our U15’s programme forward. I am delighted to have him on board.”

England U15 head coach Martyn Etheridge knows Daintith from around the leagues and at conference and said: “Andy knows what he is doing and runs a good ship in Kingston. He has helped out with England before and is just the sort of guy I want on my staff.  It’s a big signing for England U15’s and I am pleased to have him on board.”

Daintith will continue with his Northern Conference role which is unaffected and he will join the England programme for the first time in his new capacity on Friday at Ice Sheffield on the ENTP Development Camp which starts at 7am.