Whitgift School welcomes hockey star, Ashley Jackson, to the School’s hockey coaching team.

Whitgift is delighted to welcome international hockey star, Ashley Jackson, to the School’s hockey coaching team. The England and Great Britain hockey player has competed in three Olympic Games and is his county’s all-time leading goal scorer. The 29-year-old joins fellow East Grinstead Hockey Club (EGHC) players, Martin Scanlon and Dom Bowden, who have also joined Whitgift’s hockey department this term.

In addition to sponsoring EGHC, Whitgift has further links to the Club, with Dr Karl Stagno, Whitgift’s Director of Hockey, also heading up the coaching for the EGHC Men’s 1st XI. A long line of Whitgift pupils, past and present, have represented the Club, including boys who have gone on to represent England, including Jonty Griffiths, Rhys Smith, Tendo Kimuli (all England U21), and Ed Treece (England U18). 

Jackson, named FIH World Young Player of the Year in 2009, commented, “There has been a great link between East Grinstead and Whitgift over the years and now it’s good to be part of both sides of it. I’ve seen some talented kids since I’ve started coaching at the School, and I’m excited by what I can contribute.” The international player, who wears the lucky number 7 shirt for both England and Great Britain, will be coaching three days a week across various age groups.

The relationship between Whitgift, constantly at the forefront of national hockey in the last decade, and EGHC, with 11 national indoor titles to their name and numerous players representing their country, will be an exciting one to see develop. 

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