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.