Recognition for Olly Mulders

Olly Mulders

New professional Olly Mulders has been hailed for his on and off the pitch achievements.

He has been named by League Football Education (LFE) as one of 'The 11' for June.

This award acknowledges the football and academic progress of Under-18 players on apprenticeships at current or former EFL clubs.

Judged by LFE's team of regional officers, the accolade celebrates the holistic development of young players, singling out 11 each month.

Mulders recently signed a professional contract at Blues having been almost ever present in the Under-18s team during both seasons, captaining the side on many occasions.

He has also played an integral role in the Under-23s season during his second year.

Aside from the playing aspect of the apprenticeship, the 18-year-old has undertaken the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma and performed in a consistently outstanding fashion to achieve a D*D*D* profile at the culmination of his course.

He has completed his NVQ programme successfully along with now being a fully qualified Level 2 FA coach.

“Oliver has shown an exemplary attitude both on and off the field during his two-year scholarship,” LFE Regional Officer Ian King said.

“He has proven to be a model scholar and should be rewarded and used as a positive role model for up and coming potential scholars at the Club who are aspiring to become LFE scholars.”

* LFE was established by The English Football League and The Professional Footballers’ Association in 2004. It is tasked with managing the Apprenticeship (AASE) programme at EFL clubs and is currently responsible for around 1,300 apprentices at 77 football clubs. The programme is funded by The Skills Funding Agency (SFA), The European Social Fund (ESF) and via football. LFE has been graded as ‘Outstanding across all areas of its provision’ by Ofsted.