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Tom is great role model

PUBLISHED: 16:07 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:20 14 July 2010

Tom with his award.

Tom with his award.

Norwich City player Tom Adeyemi, from Attleborough, has won a top award - and has been held up as a great role model for youngsters.

He has been named the Championship Manager Apprentice of the Year award for Coca-Cola League One at the 2010 Football League Awards incorporating FourFourTwo's Top 50 Football League Players.

Norwich City player Tom Adeyemi, from Attleborough, has won a top award - and has been held up as a great role model for youngsters.

He has been named the Championship Manager Apprentice of the Year award for Coca-Cola League One at the 2010 Football League Awards incorporating FourFourTwo's Top 50 Football League Players.

Tom received the award at a gala dinner at Grosvenor House, Park Lane on Sunday evening in front of 900 attendees from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.

Adeyemi shows how a player can perform exceptionally both on and off the pitch.

He has had several appearances for the City first team, while his performance on the pitch against a Manchester United XI caught the eye of the press with one headline stating “Youngster Shines”.

He was also one of six players from around the country to be invited to Number 10 Downing Street in November 2009 to represent the PFA at the Apprentice Celebration.

Perhaps what is most outstanding though is the commitment Tom shows to his education.

The 18-year-old has achieved A* or A grades throughout his education and is on course to achieve similar grades in his A levels.

As Ricky Martin, Norwich Academy manager, stated: “He manages the balance of football and education incredibly well for someone so young and so focused on becoming a successful professional footballer.”

Adeyemi said: “It is amazing to be recognised at the awards for my achievements this season. I made my debut in the first game of the season which was unfortunately the defeat to Colchester but I was just pleased to get on the pitch.

“Paul Lambert has made a massive difference at the club since he arrived, he has shaken the place up and has confidence in every player - including me.

“Hopefully this will be first of many of these awards and I will be back for years to come, taking the big prizes.”

As Football League Awards judge Craig Tregurtha, of The Times, summed up: “He is clearly a credit to his profession.

“Quite how he combines superb academic achievement with the effort required to make his mark as a professional footballer I do not know. He is a superb role model for any youngster.”

The other shortlisted players were Pietro Palladino of Wycombe Wanderers and Aidan White of Leeds United.

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