Charlton Athletic's Jordan Cousins has been named the Apprentice of the Year for League 1 at the Football League Awards 2012.

Cousins 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 32 clubs shortlisted for honours.

Cousins beat two other shortlisted League 1 players to the Award, Huddersfield Town's Matt Crooks and Doyle Middleton of Preston North End.

Jordan joined Charlton Athletic aged 12 and has progressed through the Academy to become a first team squad member. A local boy who joined his local club, Jordan is also on track to achieve his academic targets.

On winning his award, Cousins said: "I am very surprised but I am so thrilled to win this award. I thought there were some very good players up for this award so I am just shocked it was me who actually won it.

"Everyone at the club has helped me and they deserve a lot of praise too."

The Apprentice of the Year for the Championship Award was won by Coventry City's Gael Bigirimana, while the League 2 Award went to Nick Powell of Crewe Alexandra.

When assessing the category, judges looked at the playing record of the apprentice's educational attainment, disciplinary record and other outstanding achievements. Players eligible for this award are those in the second year of their apprenticeship (i.e. in his 'under-18' year and registered as either a second year scholar or as a first year professional).

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