Leeds United’s Lewis Cook has been named the LFE Apprentice of the Year for the Championship at The Football League Awards 2015.Cook 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.
Cook beat off competition from Charlton Athletic’s Joe Gomez and Millwall’s Fred Onyedinma to claim the overall LFE Apprentice of the Year for the Championship award.
A leading first-team player this season, Cook excels in everything he does, from his manner around the training ground to the effort and endeavour he puts into the academic side of his apprenticeship. He has also been active in the community through visits and coaching.
On winning the award, Lewis Cook said: "The season has been great for me personally, especially playing the amount of games I've played. Hopefully I can keep playing and get some more goals next season. I just want to progress. I want to thank my family, Neil Redfearn and everyone at the club for helping me."
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 took 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.