24th March 2017
Barking & Dagenham College sports performance student Tyrique Hyde, 18, from Grays, is showing he has what it takes playing for Dagenham & Redbridge FC.
The midfielder has flourished in the first team squad as the Daggers chase a return to the EFL. Since joining the team in November, he has played 90 minutes in the FA Cup at Halifax, captained the youth team in the FA Youth Cup at Luton, scored his first professional goal and gone on loan to Whitehawk FC for additional experience. He has also been recognised by the League Football Education (LFE) for his work and a result has been placed in 'The 11’.
LFE is a partnership set up by The Football League and The Professional Footballers' Association to manage Apprenticeships scheme. ‘The 11’ is recognition for a select group of players each month, which acknowledges the football and academic progress of Under-18 players on apprenticeships, and is also designed to assess other factors such as involvement in community or charity-based initiatives. Judged by LFE’s team of regional officers, this accolade, celebrates the holistic development of young players, a barometer which is also applied to the Apprentice of the Year Awards later in the season.
Tyrique comments: “I am grateful for the guidance and support from all of the staff at Dagenham & Redbridge, and I’m particularly thankful to my tutors Ikram and Ian for ensuring that I am consistently striving to achieve the highest grades in my studies. In my time as a student at Barking & Dagenham College I have learnt a lot alongside my development as a footballer.”
Indeed Tyrique is doing very well, consistently achieving distinction levels.
“Being the youth team manager’s son brings pressures that Tyrique has managed superbly,” says LFE Regional Officer Gavin Willacy. He continues: “Ty has matured a lot this season and appreciates his leadership role in the group. Although he has been with the first team every week since getting called up, he is doing well with his studies. He is setting a positive example to the younger players.”
The young footballer hopes that his football talent will allow him to turn it into a career in the future, and with the skill that Tyrique is already showing both on and off the pitch, this is sure to be the case.
Tyrique’s tutor Ian Lowe says:
“Tyrique is a confident and respectful individual. He has demonstrated good leadership skills within the group so far, and is fully focused on achieving his qualification alongside his development as a Professional Footballer. He is an excellent role model for his peers, and he is a shining example of what can be achieved when you challenge yourself to achieve levels of excellence. He takes responsibility for his own development, whilst ensuring that he maximizes all learning opportunities that are presented to him.”