Blackpool’s Rob Apter is one of 11 young footballers to have been recognised for his achievements on and off the pitch by The LFE (League Football Education).
‘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.
For Apter, who signed a professional contract with the Seasiders in November, the selection in 'The 11' caps off a fine seven days in tangerine, with the 17-year-old providing an assist on his first-team league debut against Wigan Athletic last Tuesday and scoring a brace for the youth team at Preston on Saturday.
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 further information on the latest '11', please visit the LFE website here.