Staveley MWFC have completed their management team appointments by adding Adam Colton as U21 Manager.
Adam’s CV includes (but not limited to) Academy Professional, NCEL Premiership Title holder and latterly living the dream of ‘playing soccer in America‘ whilst attaining an associates degree in social sciences and then moving onto sun-drenched Hawaii, where he majored in Business Communications and graduated this May, making the Dean List for academic excellence.
He has been instrumental in helping young players with aspirations of playing football and educating themselves in America.
Adam has instilled in himself the basis of teamwork, passion, communications, and working towards a collective goal, hard work and determination, all of which he hopes to instill into these young lads in the U21s.
Adam has returned, as we agreed last May, to join the first team and latterly now to manage our U21’s.
Adam has the ability, leadership and focus to be able to advise the 16-21 youngsters on any route through football whether that be professional, non-league or across the water 6,000 miles away in a life changing experience. This is about developing young lads and aiding them in the transition from kids football to Step 5 Non-League football but many struggle due to the mental and physical demands.
There are disappointments and failures in football which are all part of the learning curve and which Adam has himself endured but he has the knowledge and experience to help the lads overcome these hurdles as he has done himself. Adam’s appetite to learn is still on-going as he is now pursuing a Masters at University whilst taking the reins at U21 here. A great appointment!
This appointment complements the U18 young management team of Joe Tomlinson, a Physical Education teacher who gained his BSc Coaching (Performance & Participation) at Stafford University – and by his side is current Halifax Town player Jordan Burrow, a recent Wembley FA Trophy winner, both eager to put something back in to the local teenager footballing community in Staveley and Chesterfield.
Our experienced reserves management team has the energy levels of Lee Cook, himself pursuing further coaching qualification and ‘our own’ Phil Staveley Greaves, ex-professional and semi-professional player who is simply “Staveley through-and-through”, playing for us some near 40-years ago.
They will assist Adam, as will the first team coaches of Paul Ward, Ian Bowling – with our new appointment of Don Gethfield complementing our current ‘A’ and ‘B’ licensed coaching staff.
The whole management team is headed up by Brett Marshall who was instrumental in getting these new people in to our club.
Brett said with a huge smile and sense of achievement, “We’ve worked hard in putting together a team of managers and ably supporting personnel off the field, that all are as important as each other and pivotally with the right attitude for the club.
“In order to develop players and succeed, it is vital that around the table the whole management team unites, no factions, no individuals but a ‘team’ of people pulling in the right direction in the clubs aims and ambitions.
“We have some fantastic people in the management team, youth, energy, qualifications and experience – but most of all ‘loyalty’ to the Trojans badge is the key ingredient sought. This will enable both the young and more experienced players to learn, to advance their own game and, this is the key objective, to simply enjoy their time at the club and the rest will follow.”
Chairman Terry Damms said, “People leaving or being moved on is part of football and inevitably changes happen for a whole host of differing reasons. We’ve made a great couple of appointments here that will aid our clubs structure and 5-year plan that were finalised 15-months ago.
“Our structure aims to get the reserves playing football at Step 7, providing the middle stepping stone for players transitioning up and down the 3-team structure with no real bars to anyone playing in one of the 3-teams. We are a club of people and I don’t think I have ever sensed the potential warmth and focused loyalty that we can build with the people we now have on and off the field. With Brett’s guidance, I am sure the management team and the players will enjoy the ride.
“Brett has, in his usual hard working style, been so busy getting the players from last season he wanted to retain and he has also succeeded in attracting a new mature and experienced goalkeeper, a new club captain and 5 or 6 other players who are also already lined up to join us. We will have a very hardworking strong group of players to add to the great bunch that Brett’s retained and they will with the right attitudes allow us to push on and advance the clubs aims.
“At U18 and U21 we have a clean sheet of paper after last season’s difficulties with the U18’s falling out of the league and, as we expected, just the 2 x U21 players remaining from last season. This is just another enjoyable challenge and one which does not phase us. We’ve been here before and are not phased by this as we will simply start again, cleanse, recycle and rebuild to take the club forward as history proves we do here.”
Terry continues, “Already, we’ve been inundated with U18/21 players wanting to come and play here and why wouldn’t they ? The facilities here are superb, including a great clubhouse and fine food and drinks, local training, ‘A’ and ‘B’ qualified coaches and ex-professionals and with Adam, Joe and Jordan helping the youngsters transitions, a great newly laid pitch, minibus to and from games, but most importantly a clear route to possible Step 5 and 7 football, it’s all here for the youngsters.
“At first team level the aim is a 4th to 7?th finish, at U18 and U21, it is about developing a new crop of youngsters with zero pressure or expectations on results – but for the reserves, Cooky and Greavesy, they know what is required – and that is to try and win the CMFL Reserves League. Step 7 football will be here soon and that is the trust and confidence we have in our management and then our football structure will be complete.
“The Trojans will progress, we will enjoy our football on and off the field and we will develop the club for the benefit of those who want to be here kicking a ball about or watching – and supporters and helpers alike will have some great fun. Onwards!”
The Trojans Badge prevails!