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Football Starlets Recognised By LFE

20 October 2015

The on and off pitch achievements of Eleven young footballers has been recognised by League Football Education (LFE) in 'The 11' competition.

'The 11' which acknowledges the football and academic progress of Under-18 players on apprenticeships at current or former Football League clubs is also designed to assess other factors such as involvement in community or charity based initiatives.

Judged by LFE's team of regional officers, this accolade, will be given on four occasions during 2015-16 to celebrate the holistic development of young players, a barometer which is also applied to the Apprentice of the Year Awards later in the season.

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook, Crewe's George Cooper and Portsmouth's Conor Chaplin were all named in 'The 11' ahead of tasting success at last season's Football League Awards, where they received divisional Apprentice of the Year titles.

The 11 for October:
- Henry Lander (AFC Bournemouth)
- David Popa (Birmingham City)
- Matty Foulds (Bury)
- Karlan Ahearne-Grant (Charlton Athletic)
- Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra)
- Adam Male (Hartlepool United)
- Michael Clark (Leyton Orient)
- Clive Smith (Preston North End)
- Shea Gordon (Sheffield United)
- Matt Penney (Sheffield Wednesday)
- Darren Askew (Tranmere Rovers)

LFE chief executive Alan Sykes added: "The 11 is directly associated with apprentice reviews that are conducted by our regional officer's 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."

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