Crewe Alexandra’s George Cooper has been named the LFE Apprentice of the Year for League 1 at The Football League Awards 2015.Cooper 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.
The Football League Awards 2015 mark the 10th year of the awards, which celebrate on and off pitch excellence across The League’s 72 clubs. This year all 72 clubs were nominated for at least one award.
Cooper beat off competition from Milton Keynes Don’s Giorgio Rasulo and Sheffield United’s Louis Reed to claim the overall LFE Apprentice of the Year award for League 1.
Since his inclusion in the first team squad, Cooper has displayed the qualities required to become a top player. He is recognised as a great role model for other apprentices and young players at Crewe, remaining humble and with his feet firmly on the ground even after some impressive first-team performances.
On winning the award, George Cooper said: "I wasn't expecting it to be honest. It has been a great experience, getting more starts, more appearances. I'm at a good place now, Crewe, everyone says it's a good place for kids, so we'll have a good pre-season and hopefully just take it from there."
This award recognises the outstanding young professionals at Football League clubs who excel both on and off the pitch. Players registered as a first or second-year scholar, or as a first-year professional, are eligible for this award. Judges have taken into account the record of the player in all competitions since he became an apprentice as well as his educational attainment, disciplinary record and any other outstanding achievements
Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said: "The 10th Football League Awards has given us the opportunity to reward outstanding performance, both on and off the pitch, during what has been a memorable Football League season.
"Each of our winners thoroughly deserves this recognition and, once again, we've seen exceptional levels of talent, dedication and achievement across all our nominees."
The Football League Awards 2015 were streamed live on The Football League's official YouTube channel and website, while highlights will be shown on Sky Sports 1 on Monday evening at 6:15pm and 9:15pm.
To find out more about The Football League Awards, and for a full list of Award categories, please visit www.FLAwards.com or search for #FLAwards on Twitter, and other social media.