The on and off pitch achievements of eleven young footballers have been recognised by League Football Education (LFE) in ‘The 11’ competition and Owls starlet George Hirst is amongst them.
‘The 11’ acknowledges the football and academic progress of Under-18 players on apprenticeships at current or former Football League clubs and 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 award is given on four occasions in the season 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.
Alfie Egan (AFC Wimbledon)
Ronan Hale (Birmingham)
Ethan Wassall (Derby County)
Finn O’Mara (Gillingham)
Liam Harris (Lincoln City)
James Justin (Luton Town)
Mitchell Curry Middlesbrough)
James Hammond (Northampton Town)
Adam May (Portsmouth)
George Hirst (Sheffield Wednesday)
Jake Phillips (Wrexham)
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.”
Hirst has enjoyed a terrific few weeks on the pitch having won his first cap for the England Under-17s last month and scored two goals on his Three Lions debut in the 2-2 draw with Germany.