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Mason Bennett named LFE Apprentice of the Year for the Championship

17 March 2014

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?Derby County's Mason Bennett has been named the LFE Apprentice of the Year for the Championship at The Football League Awards 2014.

Bennett received the award at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London, on Sunday evening in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.

This year a total of 36 clubs were shortlisted for 17 awards and Bennett beat competition from Huddersfield Town's Jake Charles and Middlesbrough's Bryn Morris to claim the LFE Apprentice of the Year for the Championship Award.

Bennett, who joined Chesterfield on loan earlier this week, arrived in the spotlight at Derby when he made his Championship debut in 2011 aged just 15 and he has dealt remarkably with growing up and developing as a person in the glare of attention. On the field he has earned England Under-17 and Under-19 caps while making more than 30 appearances for the Rams. Off the pitch he is described as an "excellent ambassador" for the club.

On winning the award, Bennett said: "It's a great achievement for me personally and for my family. I'd like to thank the academy and the manager for giving me the opportunity.

"It's been very hard because I haven't had much time to concentrate on my LFE work but there's a great education officer at Derby who has helped me get through it."

Players eligible for this award are those in the second year of their apprenticeship (i.e. be in his Under-18 year and be registered as either a second-year scholar or as a first-year professional). When assessing the category, judges looked at the record of the player in all competitions since he became an apprentice alongside his educational attainment, disciplinary record and any other outstanding achievements.

Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said: "The Football League Awards 2014 has given us the opportunity to reward outstanding achievement, both on and off the pitch, by Football League clubs.

"Every one of tonight's winners is a worthy recipient of their award and all the other nominees have helped set an exceptional standard this year.

"It has been a tremendous celebration of life in The Football League."

The Awards were streamed live on The Football League's official YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as official club websites and YouTube channels for the first time ever.

To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit

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