Patrick wants to inspire youth

2020-02-11 06:01
Patrick Fisher in action at the Bayhill Cup.

Patrick Fisher in action at the Bayhill Cup.

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You should not be a victim of your circumstances. You can rise above them and be successful, setting an example for others.

This is how Patrick Fisher (17), a right-back at Ajax Cape Town Football Club in Parow, describes his role in Hanover Park.

Fisher joined the club when he was 10.

“While at Ajax, I played four soccer tournaments overseas; three were held in the Netherlands and one in Germany. Before joining Ajax, I played for Avendale, Camps Bay and Old Mutual,” Patrick says.

He admires Trent Alexander Arnold of Liverpool and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus.

“Trent and I play the same position and he is taking that position to the next level. He is good at defending but when he attacks he is even better. His ability to pick and deliver an accurate pass or cross is phenomenal. But the player I look up to the most is Ronaldo. He is hard-working, determined, disciplined and very persistent. Whatever he wants to achieve in life, he goes out at full blast, despite the situation he finds himself in at that specific time.

“Locally, I admire my former teammate Rivaldo Coetzee; how he reads the game and how calm he is when he is in possession of the ball,” Patrick says.

His favourite club is Manchester United, a club he has supported since he was in nappies.

“I grew up in a household where everyone was a United supporter and United was kind of in my blood. Playing for United will be a dream come true and having the badge on my chest and my name at the back of that jersey will definitely make me and my family proud.”

He says playing at Old Trafford among the greatest players and fans in the world, would be the greatest thing that could happen to him.

“Anything in life is possible with God at your side and if it wasn’t for my God-given talent, I could have ended up in a different situation. All praise goes to Him,” he says.

His parents and brother had the most influence on his soccer career.

“My dad made a lot of sacrifices to see me excel in what I am doing. He sacrificed his time and effort in preparing training sessions to help my brother and me to improve. I am forever grateful to them for their impact on my soccer and personal life, as well as others who supported me, but my father the most,” Patrick says.

Coming from Hanover Park, he set himself goals.

“For me, it is not about where I come from but where I am going. I trust in God and coming from Hanover Park makes me more determined to reach for my dream and to create dreams and hopes for others to follow.

“Examples of sportspeople coming from Hanover Park that are household names are Benni McCarthy, Tashreeq Matthews and Banyana coach Desiree Ellis,” he says.

Patrick watches movies, tennis, athletics and rugby on television when he is not at training or playing. He chills with family and friends while playing dominoes.

“I grew up in a loving and protective home and when we hear the shooting and sirens in and around Hanover Park, we know it is time to stay off the streets. The violence and gangsterism in the area taught me to focus on positive things and that my area where I live does not define who I am. It made me more determined to make a success of my life.

“If I could change anything in Hanover Park I would like to create jobs, have more police present every day and help those who are doing good in our community. I would also like to help people getting their lives and dignity back and would start with the youth,” he says.

His advice to talented players in Hanover Park is to dream big and never give up. Set goals for yourself and always try to improve on your performances.

“No pain, no gain; believe it and receive it. There is always room for improvement and take advice and criticism when they come your way. Put God first and thank Him when you receive the things you prayed for,” Patrick says.

You should not be a victim of your circumstances. You can rise above them and be successful, setting an example for others.

This is how Patrick Fisher (17), a right-back at Ajax Cape Town Football Club in Parow, describes his role in Hanover Park.

Fisher joined the club when he was 10.

“While at Ajax, I played four soccer tournaments overseas; three were held in the Netherlands and one in Germany. Before joining Ajax, I played for Avendale, Camps Bay and Old Mutual,” Patrick says.

He admires Trent Alexander Arnold of Liverpool and Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus.

“Trent and I play the same position and he is taking that position to the next level. He is good at defending but when he attacks he is even better. His ability to pick and deliver an accurate pass or cross is phenomenal. But the player I look up to the most is Ronaldo. He is hard-working, determined, disciplined and very persistent. Whatever he wants to achieve in life, he goes out at full blast, despite the situation he finds himself in at that specific time.

“Locally, I admire my former teammate Rivaldo Coetzee; how he reads the game and how calm he is when he is in possession of the ball,” Patrick says.

His favourite club is Manchester United, a club he has supported since he was in nappies.

“I grew up in a household where everyone was a United supporter and United was kind of in my blood. Playing for United will be a dream come true and having the badge on my chest and my name at the back of that jersey will definitely make me and my family proud.”

He says playing at Old Trafford among the greatest players and fans in the world, would be the greatest thing that could happen to him.

“Anything in life is possible with God at your side and if it wasn’t for my God-given talent, I could have ended up in a different situation. All praise goes to Him,” he says.

His parents and brother had the most influence on his soccer career.

“My dad made a lot of sacrifices to see me excel in what I am doing. He sacrificed his time and effort in preparing training sessions to help my brother and me to improve. I am forever grateful to them for their impact on my soccer and personal life, as well as others who supported me, but my father the most,” Patrick says.

Coming from Hanover Park, he set himself goals.

“For me, it is not about where I come from but where I am going. I trust in God and coming from Hanover Park makes me more determined to reach for my dream and to create dreams and hopes for others to follow.

“Examples of sportspeople coming from Hanover Park that are household names are Benni McCarthy, Tashreeq Matthews and Banyana coach Desiree Ellis,” he says.

Patrick watches movies, tennis, athletics and rugby on television when he is not at training or playing. He chills with family and friends while playing dominoes.

“I grew up in a loving and protective home and when we hear the shooting and sirens in and around Hanover Park, we know it is time to stay off the streets. The violence and gangsterism in the area taught me to focus on positive things and that my area where I live does not define who I am. It made me more determined to make a success of my life. “If I could change anything in Hanover Park I would like to create jobs, have more police present every day and help those who are doing good in our community. I would also like to help people getting their lives and dignity back and would start with the youth,” he says.

His advice to talented players in Hanover Park is to dream big and never give up. Set goals for yourself and always try to improve on your performances.

“No pain, no gain; believe it and receive it. There is always room for improvement and take advice and criticism when they come your way. Put God first and thank Him when you receive the things you prayed for,” Patrick says.

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