Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the Sheffield United midfielder, has been recognised for his work at academy level this season, writes James Shield.
The youngster was included in League Football Education’s ‘The 11’ after impressing judges with his sporting and academic progress behind the scenes.
Calvert-Lewin, who featured on the bench when United knocked Aston Villa out of the FA Cup three months ago, was presented with his award by academy manager Nick Cox and head of coach development John Dungworth.
“There are around 1,250 apprentices across the country so this is a fantastic achievement for Dominic,” Cox said. “He is thoroughly deserving of this accolade.”
Calvert-Lewin, aged 17, was nominated by LFE’s regional office Paul Bartlett who added: “Dominic has been around the first-team squad and is making fantastic progress in all areas of the apprenticeship.
“He’s heavily involved in the community initiative going on at the club and has been a great ambassador for them. His college teachers and coaches have nothing but praise for him and from my perspective he’s been a pleasure to work with.”
Meanwhile, George Long and Terry Kennedy have been praised for displaying “first class attitudes” by under-21 coach Chris Morgan after volunteering to feature in Tuesday’s PDL victory over Leeds United.
The duo took part despite both being named on the bench for United’s FA Cup semi-final against Hull City at Wembley 48 hours earlier.
“They both stuck their hands up to play straight away after that match,” Morgan said. “Which was great to see because, at this level, they are senior lads and it’s good to see them leading the youngsters by example.
“Everyone in the team (which beat Leeds) competed really well and showed excellent first class attitudes. We worked harder than them but also showed good quality when we were on the ball which are two things you need.”