Keeper Male lands Chairman’s Award

Harrison Male with event host Clare Frisby and Coun Peter Turner
Harrison Male with event host Clare Frisby and Coun Peter Turner

Goalkeeper Harrison Male was named the East Riding’s top talented sports performer at the council’s Chairman’s Awards at the Spa on Tuesday night.

The 15-year-old, who has represented England and plays for Leeds United, admitted stepping on stage to receive his trophy was more worrying than stepping on to the football pitch.

Male said: “That was more nerve-wracking than playing in a football match but it’s really nice to get the recognition.

“My aim is to just carry on what I’m doing and make it to the big time.”

He was snapped up by Leeds at the age of seven and trains with the Championship club three times a week.

Male plays matches for Leeds and has secured a two-year scholarship with the Whites, when he leaves school in July 2017, he will train and do his school work at the academy then play matches on Saturday.

He has also been awarded a contract with Leeds United so when he finishes his scholarship he will play for the club professionally.

Male is aiming for a place in the England U17 squad for the World Cup and European Championships in 2017 and has dreams of following in the footsteps of Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council chairman Coun Peter Turner said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to all the winners and those who were nominated for a Chairman’s Award.”