Date: 5th March 2007 at 9:00am
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Joe Skarz has won the League 1 Apprentice Award at the 2007 Football League Awards incorporating FourFourTwo`s Top 50 Football League Players.

The 17-year-old Huddersfield Town defender received the award, which was sponsored by Nivea for Men Weekend Wonders, at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House on Park Lane on Sunday 4th March 2007.

Skarz received the League 1 Apprentice Award due to the exceptional potential that he has shown not only through his football but also through his off-field education. He has made a number of appearances for Huddersfield Town first team, both in the League and the FA Cup, as well as being a regular member of the Reserves and Captain of the Youth Team.

Despite the time he has dedicated to playing, Joe has remained on course to finish his entire ASE framework. He had completed his NVQ by Christmas 2006, which is testimony to the amount of effort he has made on and off the pitch.


Skartz said “It’s amazing to receive this award. I was nervous earlier and I thought I had a chance but I’m just excited now. I try to hit a balance of playing football but also working hard at college. I’m in the squad regularly now so I am now going to try and get a starting place in the last ten games of the season.”

Commenting on the 2007 Football League Awards, The Football League Chairman, Lord Mawhinney, said: “Once again, The Football League Awards have been a great success. They have given us the opportunity to recognise and reward the outstanding contributions made to The Football League by fans, clubs, players and sponsors.”

The number one spot in the FourFourTwo Top 50 Football League Players went to West Bromwich Albion midfielder, Jason Koumas, followed by Dave Nugent of Preston North End and Gareth Bale of Southampton. The full list of The Top 50 Football League Players can be found in the April issue of FourFourTwo which is on sale now.

To find out more about The Football League Awards please visit www.footballleagueawards.com.

The full list of winners from The Football League Awards is as follows:

FOOTBALL AWARDS

Wickes Young Apprentice Award – Coca-Cola Championship
Chris Gunter, Cardiff City

Apprentice Award – Coca-Cola League 1 – sponsored by Nivea for Men Weekend Wonders
Joe Skarz, Huddersfield Town

Apprentice Award – Coca-Cola League 2 – sponsored by Nivea for Men Weekend Wonders
Joe Thompson, Rochdale

Goal of the Year – sponsored by Mitre
Joe Ledley, Barnsley v Cardiff, 5th August 2006

FourFourTwo Young Player of the Year – Coca-Cola Football League **
Gareth Bale, Southampton

FourFourTwo Player of the Year – Coca-Cola League 2*
Izale McLeod, Milton Keynes Dons

FourFourTwo Player of the Year – Coca-Cola League 1*
Billy Sharp, Scunthorpe United

FourFourTwo Player of the Year – Coca-Cola Championship*
Jason Koumas, West Bromwich Albion



*These awards were presented to the highest ranked player in each division in FourFourTwo`s Top 50 Football League Players


**This award was presented to the highest ranked young Football League player in FourFourTwo`s Top 50 Football League Players


INDUSTRY AWARDS

ยท Community Club of the Year – sponsored by Wickes

Brighton and Hove Albion

Best Community Initiative – sponsored by The Football Foundation
Norwich City

Best Club Sponsorship – sponsored by Carling
Brentford

Best Club Marketing Campaign – sponsored by CSI Sports
Norwich City

Best Matchday Programme – sponsored by PA Sport
Colchester United

Best Use of New Media – sponsored by Football Manager
Cardiff City

Best Kit Design – sponsored by Nivea for Men Weekend Wonders
Burnley (Away Kit)

Best Away Ground – sponsored by Thomas Cook Sport and run in conjunction with BBC Radio Five Live
Sunderland – Stadium of Light

Fan of the Year – sponsored by FIFA ’07
Stan McGowen, Bury

Contribution to League Football – sponsored by SBJ Sports
Jack Taylor

Good Sport Award – sponsored by Wash and Go
Chris Doig, Northampton Town

 

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