Academy Starlets Hailed For On & Off Pitch Achievements
The on and off the pitch achievements of 11 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.
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 in April. England Under-20 World Cup winners Ademola Lookman (formerly Charlton Athletic), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (formerly Sheffield United) and Lewis Cook (formerly Leeds United) have all previously been named in ‘The 11’.
The 11 – December 2018:
• Reuben Collins (AFC Wimbledon)
• Ben Forrest (Birmingham City)
• Joe Adams (Bury)
• Joe Neal (Cambridge United)
• Jared Wild (Chesterfield)
• Jordan Adebayo-Smith (Lincoln City)
• Tyla Dickinson (QPR)
• Dan Adshead (Rochdale)
• Tom Pugh (Scunthorpe United)
• Marcus Dewhurst (Sheffield United)
• Daniel Ojo (Yeovil Town)
Joe was one of 11 players across the country to be acknowledged for his football and academic progress.
Joe featured twice in Sky Bet League One towards the end of his first year and has added three more appearances to his tally in the Checkatrade Trophy, FA Cup and Sky Bet League Two.
The 17-year-old, who has captained the Under-18's this season, has also received regular call-ups for Wales youth internationals and helped the Under-19s qualify for the Elite Round of the U19 European Championships, scoring in a 2-1 victory over Sweden in November.
Regional Officer Craig Skinner said: “Joe has been a key member of the Under-18s side that has reached the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup and has shown that he can handle the step up to first-team football.
“Despite his first-team involvement and being away with Wales Under-19s, Joe continues to show great commitment to his education and is progressing very well with his Extended Diploma.”
LFE chief executive Sarah Stephen 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.”