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Holland-Wilkinson Named In The LFE's 'The 11'

2 February 2021

Second year scholar Jacob Holland-Wilkinson has been named in the ‘The 11’ by the League Football Education.

'The 11' celebrates achievements on and off the pitch, with players selected by the LFE's regional officers, who make judgements based on players' academic progress, football progress and other factors, including participation in external initiatives such as community work or overcoming adversity.

A total of 33 apprentices from a selection of 1,100 across the country will receive the recognition during the 2020-21 season, aligning with college review periods.

Jacob has set a high standard this season, attaining top grades on the BTEC Extended Diploma, as well as making great strides in his development as a player, following successful work experience spells at Lancaster City and Kendal Town.

The 18-year-old striker, whose spectacular FA Youth Cup volley against Bristol City last season won LFE’s Goal of the Month competition in December 2019, has trained with the club's first team since November and has been an unused substitute on eight occasions so far.

“Jacob works really hard and always showcases terrific professionalism,” said LFE Regional Officer Sarah Kayley.“Having put in additional work over the summer, he has completed his NVQ and remains on track to gain D*D*D* grades on the Extended Diploma.

“Jacob’s work ethic in the classroom is replicated on the pitch, which has seen him progress rapidly into the first team. The experience he gained from playing men’s football on loan has helped him push on and Jacob’s excellent attitude will ensure that he is well prepared to take full advantage of the opportunities presented to him.”

From everyone at Preston North End, congratulations Jacob!

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