Andrew Rigby combining school and soccer goals at CBU
From the soccer pitches of Europe, Andrew Rigby made his way to Cape Breton University in the summer of 2009 to become part of the winning tradition of CAPERS Athletics.
Andrew, a native of Nottingham, England, proved to be a key element for the CAPERS men's soccer team, who as a rookie took both the AUS and CIS by storm in leading CBU to the 2009 AUS title.
On a championship team which featured two All-Canadian players, the leading scorer in the country and four members of the AUS all-star teams, Andrew was a force to be reckoned with, controlling the tempo of the game from his spot at midfield.
Among his accolades during his rookie season were AUS Player of the Year, First Team All-Star, CIS All Canadian, AUS playoff MVP, two-time AUS athlete of the week, and Subway player of the game (five times). In the 2010 season he was named to Second Team CIS All-Canadian and First Team AUS All-Star.
Andrew's success was recognized 2009 by the university athletic community when he was honoured as the CBU Male Athlete of the Year.
"My experience with the CBU soccer team has been great," says Andrew, a second year student in the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies program. "I have met lots of friends and the success of the team has made my experience that much more memorable"
Andrew's father encouraged him to become involved in soccer at the age of nine where he played for his first team, the Pelican Colts. He played and trained at the Nottingham Forest Football Academy for five years from 2001-2006 and also enjoyed other training opportunities at Sheffield United, Derby County, Leeds United and Manchester United.
At the Under 16 level, Andrew was selected to represent his country and play for the England national team against other teams such as Wales, France and Spain. Andrew also had the opportunity to play soccer for the FC Windich in Switzerland and with Nationwide Football Conference team Rushden & Diamonds in 2007.
Andrew spent his past three summers in Ottawa, where he coached youth soccer between the ages of 9-15 for the Ottawa Fury. He also played for the Ottawa Fury of the USL Premier Development League and in his second summer had the opportunity to play alongside CBU teammate Keishen Bean.
"I have been lucky to have the opportunity to train in Ottawa the past few summers. The experience has allowed me to meet many new people, experience another part of Canada and acquire skills that I can bring back to the CBU soccer field."
Congratulations Andrew on all of your achievements!