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youngerjumeauBurnley have just had their best season in five years in the Youth Alliance League and two of the players from that team have recently been rewarded for their efforts both on and off the field.

At the recent club awards evening the youth team player of the year award went to central defender Oliver Younger (pictured left). He started playing games for the youth team early in the 2015/16 season while still a schoolboy and has had an excellent first season as a scholar in 2016/17.

Younger, from a Burnley supporting family in Skipton, has been with the club for a number of years through the old centre of excellence and now the academy. Maybe it is no surprise that, given he was chosen by his coach Michael Duff, it went to a defender but certainly from the games I saw during the season it is an award fully deserved.

Yesterday, winger Tristan Jumeau was named as the Scholar of the Year at an event held at Chelsea’s training centre at Cobham. This award sees a winner from each of the twenty Premier League clubs based on performance, attitude and educational approach.

He was nominated by the academy staff at Turf Moor and manager Jonathan Pepper said: “Tristan has been fantastic on and off the field and a fine example to everyone.”

His father and brother Olivier were there to see him receive the award. Younger brother Olivier had hoped to give us a helping hand on the last day of the Youth Alliance League season. Previously with Burnley, he was in goal for Morecambe against eventual winners Blackpool.

It’s been a much improved year for Burnley at youth level in so many ways and Up the Clarets would like to congratulate Oliver and Tristan on their awards.

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