Colchester teenager Dylan Jacobs has been acknowledged for his efforts and progress with Colchester United's Premier League Kicks programme, which runs across the local area.
Dylan was one of the first participants to start with the U's Premier League Kicks scheme eighteen months ago, and has made great progress in terms of his football and social development.
The keen goalkeeper has participated in all of the Kicks festivals, matches and enrichment sessions and has only missed four sessions out of thirty since the scheme got underway.
Tom Tayler, Senior Development Officer at the U's Football in the Community Scheme said: "Dylan's communication skills and confidence has soared as a result of his involvement in Kicks.
"He has spoken in front of many of our community partners at our Football in the Community Day last season, as well as speaking at the Essex Police Crime Commission Community Safety Development Fund launch, where he was invited by Deputy Police Crime Commissioner Jane Gardiner.
"Dylan is now on the pathway to joining the Police Cadets, which is another success coming from his improved confidence."