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MilkUP Future Leaders Award - West: Patrick Ansell

Having moved with his family to Canada from Manchester, England at the age of five, Patrick found involvement in soccer even at a young age to be the ideal way to get connected with his new home community.

He started playing in the Chatham Youth Soccer Association in 2008 and has progressed from house league to now taking to the field for the WOSL Division 1 for the Chatham Attack. In addition, he has also been a starter for his École Secondaire de Pain Court - high school team.

Despite his young age Patrick is already a seasoned match official. Getting his small-sided and entry-level badges in 2015 and 2018 respectively, Patrick started participating in mentorship training to help guide young and new match officials. His tireless work ethic and professional demeanour on and off the field saw him being presented with the Spirit of the Game award from Ontario Soccer in 2019. In 2021, Patrick completed his Level 5 Match Official training.

With his growing officiating skillset, Patrick has officiated in dozens of games from the CYSA House League and recreational games for all ages to higher-level competition like the OFSAA Boys’ Soccer Finals in 2019, as well as OPDL matches the same year. His goal is to fulfill match official duties at the university level.

He graduated from École Secondaire de Pain Court not only bilingual in French and English, but also recognized as Ontario Scholar and placed on the Honour role throughout all four years of high school.

Always intent on giving back to the community, Patrick was able to complete over 120 volunteer hours despite COVID restrictions, providing leadership as match official, camp instructor, tournament administrator and helping to deliver fundraising dinners.

Having received multiple university offers and bursary awards in 2021, Patrick’s plan is to save and attend University in September 2022 for a Bachelor of Business Administration at Laurier or Bachelor of Commerce at University of Guelph.