League Football Education has today (Monday) launched its new national competition, 'The 11' to recognise the football and academic progress of eleven apprentice players across the land.
'The 11', which also assesses other factors such as apprentice involvement in club community based initiatives, is judged by LFE's team of regional officers.
It replaces the 'Apprentice of the Month' award and will run on four occasions (October, December, February and May) during the 2013-14 season. October's inaugural 11 is:
Connor Mahoney (Accrington Stanley)
Harry Williams (Cheltenham Town)
Sam Szmodics (Colchester United)
James Jones (Crewe Alexandra)
Jake Charles (Huddersfield Town)
Bryn Morris (Middlesbrough)
Tyler Guy (Notts County)
Ben Close (Portsmouth)
Ioan Evans (Sheffield United)
Fejiri Okenabirhie (Stevenage FC)
Robert Evans (Wrexham)
Each apprentice will be presented with a certificate and cheque for £50 in recognition of being named in 'The 11', no mean feat given that they were in direct competition with 1,250 other Under 18 players on the apprenticeship programme.
LFE chief executive Alan Sykes said: "This competition is aligned directly to apprentice reviews that are conducted by our regional officer's throughout the season and is a great way to highlight the achievements and progress of talented young footballers on the apprenticeship programme."