Alex Black, a Scottish Exiles player, Scotland U19 scrum half and a Leeds Carnegie Academy player was recognised for his contribution to Leeds Carnegie at the club's Annual Awards Dinner.
The award gives Leeds Met student Alex a confidence boost ahead of playing in tonight's Yorkshire Cup Final after being named Most Improved Leeds Carnegie Academy Player.
Alex, a Carnegie Scholar studying Sports Performance at Leeds Metropolitan University also plays for the Scottish Exiles, and was recently Vice Captain for the U19 Scotland International team. Alex attends the Scottish Exiles Performance Camps that are held at Leeds Met's Headingley Campus up to four times a year.
He said: "It has been a great season for us and I owe a lot of thanks to Diccon Edwards and James Parkes at Leeds Carnegie for their help this year. Hopefully we can finish things off in the Yorkshire Cup Final tonight to cap a great season."
Alex has been named in the line up for tonight's Leeds Carnegie Academy Yorkshire Cup Final match at Hull Ionians against Beverley. The Leeds Carnegie U19 side have already beaten senior opposition in the form of Hull, Pontefract and Huddersfield to get to the final.
Leeds Met became the official academic partner of the Scottish Exiles in 2007. The Scottish Rugby Union Exiles are Scottish eligible players who live or are based in England and perform at a playing level that allows them to pursue a pathway to international rugby with Scotland.