Football: Howieson earns high praise and top award

Cameron Howieson
Cameron Howieson
Former Otago schoolboy Cameron Howieson has won a top award in England.

Howieson (18), who is with the Burnley club, has been named the Football League's apprentice of the month for December.

The award recognises on-field performances, apprenticeship duties and efforts in education.

''It's great news for Cameron and very well deserved,'' academy manager Jason Blake told the Burnley Express.

''We are talking about a player who has had regular first-team involvement in training, who has travelled with the team recently and played for his country in the Olympic Games in the summer.

''After having no break, he came back for the season, a little bit later than the rest, but despite doing all these things, has managed to maintain his education programme and has been doing additional sessions to his college programme.

''With all the additional things he has been doing, to maintain his devotion to his education, as well as kicking on on the pitch, is a great example to all the players in the academy that, no matter what stage they are at, invest time off the pitch to protect their futures.''

All young players at Burnley study a two-year course in sports performance, on a day-release basis in conjunction with their football training under the guidance of youth coach Terry Pashley, the newspaper reported.

Howieson signed a professional contract with Burnley last year after making his first-team debut in April.

The former Otago Boys' High School pupil, who made his All Whites debut last year, marked December by helping Burnley beat Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup, scoring one of the goals in a 4-3 win at Old Trafford. He was also part of Burnley's first-team squad for the FA Cup tie at Barnsley earlier this month.