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Zach Jeacock hailed for on and off pitch achievements

Zach Jeacock.
Zach Jeacock.

Zach is an excellent ambassador for the football club, and somebody who has embraced all aspects of his apprenticeship, with him maximising his opportunities to continually develop himself and other.

Head of Education & Welfare Mark Sinclair.

Blues goalkeeper Zach Jeacock is one of 11 young footballers to have been recognised by League Football Education (LFE).

‘The 11’ acknowledges the football and academic progress of Under-18 players on apprenticeships at current or former English Football League (EFL) clubs - and is also designed to assess other factors, including involvement in community or charity-based initiatives.

This accolade celebrates the holistic development of young players, a barometer which is also applied to the LFE Apprentice of the Year Awards presented at The EFL Awards dinner in April. England Under-20 World Cup winners Ademola Lookman (formerly Charlton Athletic), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (formerly Sheffield United) and Lewis Cook (formerly Leeds United) have all previously been named in ‘The 11’.

Everton forward Lookman and AFC Bournemouth midfielder Cook also went on to become Apprentice of the Year winners, as did Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) and Watford’s Ben Wilmot (formerly Stevenage), who were both featured prior to picking up the 2018 awards in the Sky Bet Championship and Sky Bet League Two, respectively.

Jeacock, who turned 18 in May, penned a three-year professional deal with the Club last month following another impressive season for the Club.

Explaining their decision to include Jeacock, the LFE said: "Zach has excelled on and off the pitch as an apprentice, achieving a triple D* profile academically, while also gaining a three-year professional contract and receiving a call-up to an England training camp.

"The young goalkeeper kept five clean sheets in nine appearances for the Under-23s this season, most notably playing in the Premier Development League 2 National Play-Off final, where Blues were narrowly defeated on penalties by Leeds United."

Blues' Head of Education & Welfare Mark Sinclair added: “Zach is an excellent ambassador for the football club, and somebody who has embraced all aspects of his apprenticeship, with him maximising his opportunities to continually develop himself and others.

“He is finishing with 19 Distinction grades across his BTEC Extended Diploma. He has been equally impressive in his football programme, making fantastic progress and achieving plenty of recognition.”

The 11 – June 2019:
• Zach Jeacock (Birmingham City)
• Tom Dickens (Cambridge United)
• Noah Chilvers (Colchester United)
• Rio Adebisi (Crewe Alexandra)
• Jason Knight (Derby County)
• Charlie Cresswell (Leeds United)
• George Alexander (Millwall)
• Scott Pollock (Northampton Town)
• Arvin Appiah (Nottingham Forest)
• Ryan Campbell-Gordon (Port Vale)
• Scott Smith (Wigan Athletic)

LFE Chief Executive Sarah Stephen said: “The 11 is directly associated with apprentice reviews that are conducted by our regional officers throughout the season. It is a great way to highlight the achievements and progression of talented young footballers who apply themselves to all aspects of their apprenticeship.”

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