LFE Chief Executive Alan Sykes presents Luke James with his League One Apprentice of the Year award

College Football Star Scores Top Award

Tue, 2002-04-02 01:00

East Durham College student and Hartlepool United forward Luke James picked up a prestigious award last week at a ceremony in London.

Luke was chosen as the League One League Football Education Apprentice of the Year at the 2013 Football League Awards.

James beat two other shortlisted League One players to the Award, Colchester United’s Drey Wright and Sheffield United’s George Willis.

Since joining Hartlepool United at the age of 11, Luke has exceeded all expectations and played regularly for the youth team. His level of performance was rewarded with a professional contract three months into his first year of being a apprentice.

Making his debut in December 2011, Luke became the youngest ever player to represent the club, also going on to become the club’s youngest ever scorer with his volley against Rochdale in January 2012. He progressed to play many more games for the first team in the 2011-12 season, and was rewarded with a contract extension in the summer.

James received the award at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London, on Sunday evening in front of over 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry. This year there were a total of 17 awards with 34 clubs shortlisted for honours.

And hardworking Luke is proud to pick up the award and hopes to continue working hard at the College whilst progressing with his career in football.

"It is absolutely fantastic to get this award, it is a great feeling. It has been really hard work with studying and training but it is worth it.

“You have to sacrifice everything to be a professional and I just want to stay in school and progress my career."