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Dan earns national award

24 December 2013

Young midfielder's progress is honoured

AFC Wimbledon’s Dan Pearse has earned high praise from Academy Manager Mark Robinson after the young midfielder was selected for a national apprentice award.

Under-18s captain Dan, who has also featured for the Under-21s this season, has been chosen among 11 bright talents from around the country by the Football League Education (LFE).

LFE launched the competition earlier this season to recognise apprentice achievements and replace the outgoing Apprentice of the Month award. As part of this, LFE have selected “the 11” for December from 1,300 young players nationwide, taking into account football progress, academic achievement and other factors including participation in community work.

Mark Robinson said: “To come in the top 11 out of 1,300 young players is a tremendous achievement. It sums up Dan’s desire to be the best at everything he does. It’s an excellent and well deserved award.”

AFC Wimbledon Under-18s can regularly be seen doing odd jobs around the ground on first-team match days with Mark keen to promote more traditional apprentice values at his academy.

Dan (pictured above) will receive a £50 winner’s cheque for his selection.

AFC Wimbledon Education Officer, David Walsh, said: “Dan has coped well with the demands of Under-21 football. He’s been in and around first-team players and been learning from them, which can only bode well.”

for more information, including the other 10 players selected for the honour.National Award  Click on 

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