The Montreal Impact representative for the MLS WORKS’ Community MVP contest is Philippe Laurin, coach, referee, volunteer and president of the National Soccer Tournament of Lachute!
In 2009, when he was only 18 years old, Philippe Laurin started coaching a senior team, refereeing games and volunteering with Soccer Lachute. Since then, his commitment and implication in soccer in his community only grew, while he was pursuing studies in kinesiology in Université de Sherbrooke (undergraduate) and Université de Montréal (graduate).
Philippe Laurin is passionate about soccer and community. Philippe is committed to using soccer as a tool to promote healthy lifestyles among area youth through Club de Soccer Juvénile de Lachute. The club believes that soccer has the unique ability to impact an entire community through its low cost, accessibility, and exceptional interest from kids. The club prides itself on providing effective coaching, encouraging a passion for the sport, promoting team spirit and healthy competition, and building healthy relationships with the parents of the athletes.
Over the years, Philippe has remained involved in the club by volunteering his time, coaching soccer teams of varying ages and refereeing. Among his many accolades, Philippe has refereed for AAA games and was on the list for national referees. In addition, Philippe has served on the governing board of Soccer Lachute, and for the second year in a row, he has been acting President of the National Soccer Tournament of Lachute.
As a finalist of the contest, Philippe won a trip to attend the 2016 MLS AT&T All-Star Game in San Jose, where Didier Drogba, Laurent Ciman, Nacho Piatti and co. faced Arsenal, as well as $1,000 going toward a charity of his choice. Congratulations to Philippe and a heartfelt thank you to all volunteers involved in soccer in Quebec!