During half-time in our first-team fixture against Norwich City on Saturday, some of our Academy youngsters were presented to the home crowd to pick up 2017 awards! Below is a run-down…
Maurice Evans Memorial Trophy – Best Academy Scholar (Jordan Holsgrove & Danny Loader)
Jordan Holsgrove is an experienced Scottish International now after turning in some excellent performance for the U23s team. A talented, creative left-footed midfield player who also is a free kick specialist around the attacking third of the pitch, Holsgrove scored an unbelievable man-of-the-match-winning strike against Brighton at the Amex Stadium recently to secure three valuable points. Danny Loader joined our Category One Academy from Wycombe Wanderers at the U13s age group. He has matured into an outstanding forward who creates and scores goals. In pre-season, he scored four goals against QPR, then made his first team debut in the Carabao Cup win over Millwall. Danny has also represented England U17 and U18s and had the honour of captaining the side in his last appearance. In fact, he is about to begin a FIFA U17 World Cup campaign with the Three Lions out in India!
Maurice Edelston Memorial Trophy – Best Academy Schoolboy (Oliver Pendlebury)
Oliver Pendlebury an England International who has been outstanding over the last year for our U15s and U16s age groups, which has led to deserved, early development opportunities with our U18s squad. In possession of excellent technical capabilities, mentality and physical strengths, Ollie is a talented midfield player with high potential who, both through open play and set plays, regularly contributes to creating and scoring some impressive goals.
Steve Death Memorial Shield – Best Academy Goalkeeper (Harvey Collins)
Harvey Collins joined the Academy aged 11 at which point he had only played in goal for less than a year - he has since worked extremely hard on his game over the past few years and has shown a great learning capacity. Harvey has been part of a successful age group who have progressed to the later stages of national competitions and he has also represented the age group above and his country; during the 2016-17 season, Harvey attended an international training camp from which he was selected to play for the U16 England side in a tournament in Scotland where he made his international debut.
We also took the opportunity to officially welcome our new scholars to the club – they are Jokull Andresson, Adam Desbois, James Hillson, Roberto Nditi, Emmanuel Obamakinwa, Jake Pemberton, Charlie Lawrence, Marcel Elva-Fountaine, Ayo Faniyan, Terrance Saydee, Shamar Moore, Jack Nolan, Khalid Simmo, Tommy Stevens and Ricky Hansen.