2015 SPORTS AWARDS - JUNIOR FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR: There’s plenty of emerging talent to get excited about at Posh

Cameron Baldock-Smith, skipper of the all-conquering Deeping Rangers Under 15 team.
Cameron Baldock-Smith, skipper of the all-conquering Deeping Rangers Under 15 team.
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Junior Footballer of the Year is the next category to come under the spotlight in the2015 Peterborough Telegraph Sports Awards.

Those included in our list of contenders are merely suggestions and that’s all they are. The choice is entirely down to you.

Last year's winner Emma Pollard is still scoring loads of goals.

Last year's winner Emma Pollard is still scoring loads of goals.

The top three in each category when voting closes on January 15 2016 will be invited to the annual awards bash at the Cresset on January 29 when the winners will be announced and the sponsors will present the trophies.


(sponsored by BGL Group)

Posh might not have any stand-out contenders for Footballer of the Year this time round, but they have for Junior Footballer of the Year.

Wasps Under 14s star Connor Bell.

Wasps Under 14s star Connor Bell.

The Peterborough United Academy is bursting at the seams with talent - much of it plucked from the Peterborough Junior Alliance League - and in all age groups there are worthy contenders for the Junior Footballer of the Year accolade.

Here we highlight three of the best, starting at the lower end of the age scale.

Finlay Shevlane has recently signed for the Peterborough United Academy Under 9 squad after being in the development centres since the age of six.

He has settled into academy football really well and is developing into a fine young footballer. And he’s achieved all that despite undergoing a heart operation last year.

This award is sponsored by the BGL Group.

This award is sponsored by the BGL Group.

At Under 11 level there’s a real star in the making called Adler Nascimento and he comes all the way from Portugal.

He joined the Posh Academy from Phoenix FC after being in the country for only a few months. He has skill, pace and a fine eye for goal.

And talking about great goalscoring leads us onto the third nominee from Posh, Nathan Rudman.

Nathan was invited to join the Under 14 academy group in the summer after blasting an incredible 79 goals in 25 games for Peterborough Northern Star Under 13s last season.

He has taken the step up in his stride by continuing his fine goalscoring form.

Two of the best teams in the Junior Alliance League last season were treble winners Deeping Rangers Under 14s and all-conquering Wasps Under 13s.

So it comes as no surprise to find they have plenty of likely lads up for an award.

Six of the best from the Deeping squad are Cameron Baldock-Smith, Liam Scales, Nathan Pickering, Kai Haggett-King, Kuda Burutsa and Alex Moroz, while leading the way for Wasps are Connor Bell, Louie Venni and Jazleigh Fife.

As usual there’s no shortage of talent emerging from the Club GK goalkeeping school run by Darren Gibbons at Werrington.

Pick of the bunch this year are Alfie Bird, Charlie Bedford and Ella Hampton.

Alfie has signed for Posh Under 7s while Charlie, who’s only six, has joined Posh Under 8s.

Ella (12), who only decided to become a goalie in February, has been assigned to the Cambs FA Under 12 Advanced squad and had trials with Millwall Lionesses.

Two contenders are sons of famous Peterborough sportsmen.

Northern Star Under 14s hot-shot Zach Findley is the son of former world karate champion Clifton Findley while the driving force behind Werrington Under 12s is William Howarth, the son of former Posh star Lee Howarth.


Finlay Shevlane

Posh Academy Under 9 player who has shown great character to bounce back from heart surgery.

Adler Nascimento

One to watch in the Posh Academy Under 11 age group. All the way from Portugal.

Cameron Baldock-Smith

Captain of the Deeping Rangers Under 15 treble-winning side. Great leader and reads the game like a pro.

Zach Findley

Zach has been one of the hottest shots around in the Junior Alliance League for the last three seasons. Scored 33 goals for Hampton Under 13s last season and has hit nine in seven games for Northern Star Under 14s this term.

Archie Sootheran

Top talent from Northern Star Under 15s.

William Howarth

Son of former Posh player Lee Howarth. Plays for Werrington Under 12s and scored 48 goals for them last season.Displays a great attitude, admirable loyalty and a willingness to work hard for the team.

James Pam

Ace striker who hit 34 goals for Gunthorpe Under 14s last season and has scored 24 goals so far this season for table-topping Northern Star Blue Under 15s.

Liam Scales

A strong centre-midfield player who never shirks a challenge and has a good eye for goal. Last season Holbeach Under 14s, now Deeping Under 15s.

Nathan Pickering

Deeping Rengers Under 15s striker. Strong, quick and great determination makes him a force in the final third. 59 goals last season.

Kai Haggett-King

Deeping Rangers Under 15s centre midfield and player of the season award winner. Superb workrate and a real team player.

Kuda Burutsa

Deeping Rangers Under 15s full-back who had a brilliant 2014/2015 season. A player with discipline and flair and a key part of a mean defence that conceded only 12 times in 30 games.

Alex Moroz

Deeping Rangers Under 15s midfield maestro. Superb creative talent with terrific skills and balance. Assisted for countless goals last season and still managed to find the net 33 times himself.

Connor Bell

Wasps Under 14s centre- forward. Fantastic pace and scores plenty of goals (39 last season and 21 this season). A defender’s nightmare.

Louise Venni

Wasps Under 14s centre-midfield. Brilliant reader of the game. Very unselfish and everything he does is for the sake of the team.

Jazleigh Fife

An attacking midfielder from Wasps Under 14s. Shows great determination and always gives 100 per cent. Also gets his share of the goals.

Nathan Rudman

A prolific striker who scored an incredible 79 goals in 25 games last season for Peterborough Northern Star Under 13s. He scored four in the 5-3 Hereward Cup final win over March Soccer School. Not surprisingly he was picked up by Posh at the end of the season.

Emma Pollard

Last year’s winner. Still knocking the goals in for Netherton United in the Cambs Women’s & Girls League. Last season scored 51 for the Under 16s, this season has 30 in six appearances for the Under 18s.

Ethan Young

A real star from the One Touch Under 12 team. On trial with Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and Norwich City. Left-sided player described by his coach Glenn Vaughan as “The left-footed Beckham!”

Eddie Barbsy

An exciting talent from Deeping Claret Under 8s. He is an Under 7 playing up an age group and he’s coping with distinction.

Luca Christdoudias

Luca is another skilful player playing up an age group. He was with Stamford Under 8s but was recently snapped up by Peterborough United.

Emmanuel Ochube

Plays for Netherton Phoenix Under 13s. Scored 32 goals for them last year as Under 12s and he already has 38 in the bag from 13 games this season. Tall and quick and a real handful for opposition defenders.

Alfie Bird

Great goalie from Club GK who has signed for Posh Under 7s.

Charlie Bedford

Another Club GK prospect. Signed for Posh Under 8s. Impressive player in older age group

Ella Hampton

Made great strides in her first year as a goalkeeper. In the Cambs FA Under 12 Advanced squad and had trials with Millwall Lionesses.

Ashton Bennett Williams

Peterborough Northern Star Under 14s left midfielder who smashed 36 goals last year for the Under 13s.

Phillip Creasey

A rock solid centre-half who plays for Peterborough Northern Star Under 14s. He scored 18 goals last season for the Star Under 13 team.


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