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Academy celebrate successful season at Awards Evening

18 May 2024

Club News

Academy celebrate successful season at Awards Evening

18 May 2024

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Fleetwood Town's Category Two Academy held their very own Awards Night earlier this week, to celebrate the huge successes this season in their inaugural campaign in the Professional Development League.

Town's Academy all met up this week at Highbury Stadium for their Awards Night, and it was a special moment to gather all those from the Under-9s to the Under-18s in one room to celebrate and reflect on a wonderful twelve months.

Last year, with the bump up to Category Two, Fleetwood's youngsters have been put to the test against some of the best Academy setups in England, and they've more than held their own throughout the age groups.

The Under-9s to Under-14s played games against Category One and Two teams, meaning the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City visited the training complex down at Poolfoot Farm.

For the Under-16s to the Under-21s, they battled against fellow Category Two sides in the 2023/24 season, with clubs such as Sheffield United, Swansea City, and Watford coming to the training ground and Highbury Stadium, providing wider challenges for the players, who also dealt with overnight stays and much more.

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Fleetwood Town Under-17s were crowned champions in the Professional Development League Cup Final after a thrilling 3-2 win over Watford at Highbury. You can click HERE to read the full match report.

And finally, before the Awards Night, we invited our new recruits at Under-8s level down for a signing event, with all players getting pictures with their family members. Congratulations to all - we can't wait to see you all with us next season.

On the night, a number of awards were given out and below are all of the winners:

Award

Winner

Academy Coach of the Year

Andy Lyons

Scholar of the Year

Theo Butterworth

YDP Player of the Year

Reece Wilkes

Transition Phase Player of the Year 

Lewis

Goalkeeper of the Year (U9-U12s) Sonny
Goalkeeper of the Year (U13-U18s) Ollie Bellizia
Goals of the Season (U9-U18s)

Ellis &

Raff Cirino

Saves of the Season (U9-U18s)

Sonny &

Ollie Bellizia

U9s Players' Player of the Year

Oscar

U9s Coaches' Player of the Year

Kassen

U10s Players' Player of the Year

Seb

U10s Coaches Player of the Year

Isaac

U11s Players' Player of the Year

Freddie

U11s Coaches' Player of the Year

Alfie

U12s Players' Player of the Year

Ollie

U12s Coaches' Player of the Year

Jailan

U13s Players' Player of the Year

Theo

U13s Coaches' Player of the Year

Theo

U14s Players' Player of the Year

Harry

U14s Coaches' Player of the Year

Rayhaan

U15s Players' Player of the Year

Sam

U15s Coaches' Player of the Year

Reece

U16s Players' Player of the Year

Pele Smith

U16s Coaches' Player of the Year

Pele Smith

U18s Players' Player of the Year

Theo Butterworth

U18s Coaches' Player of the Year

Liam Roberts

Looking at the awards above, Pele Smith and Theo were two players to pick up the Coach's and Player's Player of the Year awards for their respective age groups, with Sonny and Ollie Bellizia clamining Goalkeeper of the Year awards.

Andy Lyons - who coaches the Academy's Under-12s - picked up the Coach of the Year Award. Lyons, who played for Crewe Alexandra and Wigan Athletic in his career, has really pushed on the Under-12s this season, and his work has not gone unnoticed by his colleague at Fleetwood Town.

Reece Wilkes - who has represented England at Under-15s level on four occassions (accurate as of publication), won the Under-15s Coaches' Player of the Year Award and the YDP Player of the Year awards.

Wilkes has featured for Town's Under-18s and Under-21s this year, and also helped the Under-17s to PDL Cup victory against Watford at Highbury back in April.

We hope everyone who attended the night enjoyed it. 


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