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George Sykes awarded ‘Apprentice of the Year’

Final year Stanmore College student, George Sykes, on the level 3 sports programme in partnership with Barnet FC, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award by the Football League.

George was presented with the award on Sunday night, at the Football League Awards in Central London, winning the LFE League Two Apprentice of the Year. He was nominated having been the lead goal scorer in the youth alliance last season, as well as having made his debut for the Barnet first team and having been called up for Scotland Under 19s.

Speaking to the 18-year-old, George was shocked to even be nominated and would like to play at the highest level possible; ‘I am really surprised, I didn't expect when I started my scholarship that I would be getting something like this. It just shows if you work as hard as you can, you give yourself a chance. I would like to play at the highest level possible, but I am not getting ahead of myself’.

Currently, George is playing in the Barnet development and youth teams and that is his main focus, although he would like to be involved in the first team. ‘With six matches left this season I would like to be involved with the first-team as much as possible but my main focus is to keep playing well in the youth and development teams’.

This season, Stanmore College has won the Middlesex County Cup and the English Schools’ football finals, making them national champions. For more information on the Sport programmes at Stanmore College, please call 020 8420 7700 or email: enquiries@stanmore.ac.uk

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