The on and off the pitch achievements of eleven young footballers has been recognised by League Football Education (LFE). ‘The 11’ acknowledges the football and academic progress of Under-18 players on apprenticeships at current or former English Football League (EFL) clubs - and is also designed to assess other factors including involvement in community or charity based initiatives.
It is great to see the achievements of our own Leo Smith featured in the latest nominations for March 2017.
Judged by LFE’s team of regional officers, this accolade, celebrates the holistic development of young players, a barometer which is also applied to the LFE Apprentice of the Year Awards presented at The EFL Awards dinner next month.
Ademola Lookman, who joined Everton from Charlton in January and AFC Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook (formerly Leeds United) were both named in ‘The 11’ ahead of becoming the Championship’s Apprentice of the Year, while others to previously feature in this select group include, Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) and Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth).
The 11 – March 2017:
· Jake Turner (Bolton Wanderers)
· Leon Davies (Cambridge United)
· Mark Harris (Cardiff City)
· Joe Bateman (Derby County)
· Kenton Richardson (Hartlepool United)
· Callum Nicell (Leeds United)
· Luke Jordan (Morecambe)
· Canice Carroll (Oxford United)
· Callum Roberts (Preston North End)
· Nathan Bishop (Southend United)
· Leo Smith (Wrexham)
LFE chief executive Alan Sykes added: “The 11 is directly associated with apprentice reviews that are conducted by our regional officers throughout the season. It is a great way to highlight the achievements and progression of talented young footballers who apply themselves to all aspects of their apprenticeship.”
For in depth profiles on all of the players named in ‘The 11’ for March please visit the LFE website - www.lfe.org.uk