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10 June 2019

Recognition for Latics' under-18 skipper Scott Smith after successful campaign on and off the pitch.

  • Wigan Athletic U18 captain Scott Smith named in the LFE 'The 11' award
  • Smith skippered Latics to the EFL Youth Alliance title, EFL Youth Alliance Cup and Lancashire FA Youth Cup
  • LFE Regional Officer Claire Wilberforce-Marsh: "Scott has been a terrific leader of a hugely successful team. He sets an example to the rest of the group with his attitude and work ethic, both on and off the pitch."

Wigan Athletic under-18s captain Scott Smith has been named in 'The 11' by the LFE, an award which recognises the on and off the pitch achievements of 11 young footballers has been recognised by League Football Education (LFE).

‘The 11’ acknowledges the football and academic progress of Under-18 players on apprenticeships at current or former English Football League (EFL) clubs - and is also designed to assess other factors, including involvement in community or charity-based initiatives. 

This accolade celebrates the holistic development of young players, a barometer which is also applied to the LFE Apprentice of the Year Awards presented at The EFL Awards dinner in April. England Under-20 World Cup winners Ademola Lookman (formerly Charlton Athletic), Dael Fry (Middlesbrough), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (formerly Sheffield United) and Lewis Cook (formerly Leeds United) have all previously been named in ‘The 11’.

The 11 – June 2019:

  • Zach Jeacock (Birmingham City)
  • Tom Dickens (Cambridge United)
  • Noah Chilvers (Colchester United)
  • Rio Adebisi (Crewe Alexandra)
  • Jason Knight (Derby County)
  • Charlie Cresswell (Leeds United)
  • George Alexander (Millwall)
  • Scott Pollock (Northampton Town)
  • Arvin Appiah (Nottingham Forest)
  • Ryan Campbell-Gordon (Port Vale)
  • Scott Smith (Wigan Athletic)

LFE chief executive Sarah Stephen added: “The 11 is directly associated with apprentice reviews that are conducted by our regional officers throughout the season. It is a great way to highlight the achievements and progression of talented young footballers who apply themselves to all aspects of their apprenticeship.”

On Smith, who led a Latics side that enjoyed unprecedented success this season, winning the EFL Youth Alliance North West division, EFL Youth Alliance Cup and Lancashire FA Youth Cup, LFE Regional Officer Claire Wilberforce-Marsh said: “Scott has been a terrific leader of a hugely successful team. He sets an example to the rest of the group with his attitude and work ethic, both on and off the pitch.

“Academically, he has completed the NVQ, Level 2 Coaching and achieved tremendous grades on his BTEC. Scott has also been involved in a few community events on his own recently, showing he is a model apprentice for others to aspire to.”

Wigan Athletic academy manager Gregor Rioch added: 

"Congratulations to Scott for making the LFE #11.

"We are particularly proud of his achievements and progress both on and off the pitch. He has set the standards for the next group of U18s and represents the honesty and hard work expected from a young Wigan Athletic footballer."

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