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Hutchinson Earns March Award

U23s striker recognised for achievements on and off the pitch

20 March 2020

The U's U23s striker has been hailed for his on and off the pitch achievements by the League Football Education.

Jake Hutchinson has been in good form for the U's youth and U23s squads over the last seven months of the season. 

And this form has helped him to be recognised by the League Football Education (LFE), by being included in 'The 11'. 

‘The 11’ acknowledges the football and academic progress of U18s 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 2019-20 season, thirty three 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 April – Max Bird, (Derby County), Daniel Adshead, (Rochdale AFC – now Norwich City), and Arthur Iontton (Stevenage) – were also previously named in 'The 11'.

Elsewhere, other notable Academy graduates to earn the accolade includes Dominic Calvert-Lewin' (formerly of Sheffield United), Lewis Cook ,(formerly of Leeds 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.”

The seventeen year old has earned many outings for the U's U23s side and gained experience of men’s football via loan spells with Grays Athletic, Brightlingsea Regent and Hitchin Town.

Meanwhile, Jake’s commitment to education saw him become the first Colchester apprentice to finish the NVQ, while he is working above target at a D*D*D grade profile on the Extended Diploma.


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