Mansfield Town striker Josh Scott has been selected for League Football Education's 'The 11,' which recognises the on and off pitch achievements from young footballers across the country.
‘The 11’ acknowledges the football and academic progress of under-18 players on apprenticeships at current or former English Football League (EFL) clubs – and is also designed to assess other factors, including involvement in community or charity-based initiatives.
During the 2020-21 season, 33 apprentices will be selected for the award, which celebrates the holistic development of young players and is a barometer applied to the LFE Apprentice of the Year awards.
All three academy players to triumph at the EFL Awards last season – Jude Bellingham (Birmingham City – now Borussia Dortmund), Luke Matheson (Rochdale AFC – now Wolverhampton Wanderers) and Scott Pollock (Northampton Town) – were also previously named in The 11.
Elsewhere, other notable academy graduates to earn the accolade includes Dominic Calvert-Lewin (formerly of Sheffield United), Ademola Lookman (formerly of Charlton Athletic), Oli McBurnie (formerly of Bradford City) and Ryan Sessegnon (formerly of Fulham).
LFE chief executive Sarah Stephen added: “The 11 is directly associated with apprentice reviews that are conducted by our regional officers 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.”
Scott, 19, signed a two-year professinal deal with the Stags in the summer, after impressing first team coaches in pre-season.
The striker has gained valuable experience on loan with Kettering Town this season, and also made his first team debut for the amber and blue this term, against Manchester City under-21s in the Papa John's Trophy.
Scott has also performed admirably in the classroom, working above his target grade at D*D*D level on the BTEC Extended Diploma, as well as successfully completing all elements of the FA Level 2 Coaching course and is nearing the completion of the NVQ Diploma.
Lead Tutor Chris Fraser told LFE: “Josh’s communication has been exceptional from day one. He makes use of all resources and is way ahead with his work. The work he completes is always original and complete to a very high standard. Of all the apprentices I have taught over my time, Josh stands out as one of the hardest working and professional to date.”
The 11 – February 2021:
- Dylan Adjei-Hersey (AFC Wimbledon)
- Rob Apter (Blackpool)
- Olivier Sukiennicki (Bradford City)
- Louis Chadwick (Cambridge United)
- Nohan Kenneh (Leeds United)
- Josh Scott (Mansfield Town)
- Ollie Bate (Millwall)
- Bryan Ly (Morecambe)
- Flynn Clarke (Peterborough United)
- Luke Chambers (Port Vale)
- Jacob Holland-Wilkinson (Preston North End)
For profiles on all of the players named in ‘The 11’ for February 2021, an in-depth article is available on the LFE website.