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Our Club

Club Mission

Our Mission

To ingrain the core values in all aspects of the club operations.

To achieve a quality experience for all participants including players, coaches, officials, parents, and families.

To ensure that volunteer participants receive the necessary instructions, courses and training to permit a healthy, safe and harassment free environment for the participants.

To promote the educational opportunities provided by football.

To provide knowledgeable guidance on opportunities for players, coaches, trainers and managers to achieve their maximum football potential.

To achieve strong and balanced operations amongst all of the Panthers teams and as required provide club directed mentor services and leadership to achieve this objective.

Our Core Values

Commitment – Discipline – Loyalty – Education – Teamwork – Fair Play


In the early 1990's, Orleans was growing at an intense rate. The National Capital Amateur Football Association was growing concerned with the strength of the East Gloucester Bengals (today known as the Orleans Bengals), as the Club was nearly unbeatable at all levels. A group of parents and coaches who lived in the east end of Orleans drew up a plan and soon enough the Cumberland Panthers were born.

The Panthers began play in the 1993 season with their Mosquito team. Over the next few years Peewee (1994), Tyke (1996) and Bantam (1997) teams were added. Over the years the Panthers have won many NCAFA championships, and remain one of the strongest on field NCAFA programs in the City.

In 2002 the Panthers were invited to join cross-town rival Myers Riders in the Ontario Varsity Football League, an elite-level provincial league. The Club would first field Junior Varsity, then Senior Varsity and finally Bantam Varsity when that division was introduced. In 2017, the Panthers were a founding member of the Ontario Provincial Football League, and entity that intended to bring all provincial football under one umbrella. The Panthers won the OPFL JV championship in the inaugural season. After two seasons, the Panthers announced their departure from Varsity football.

In 2004 the Panthers were approached by the Quebec Junior Football League to field a team in the 19-22 year age group. The program ran until 2012 with limited on-field success.

The Panthers were the first Club in Ottawa to offer a program for players age 5-8. Initially called Mites, the program is now called Jr Panthers and it continues to operate as the foundation level for the Club.

Non-contact programs have always been a focus of the Panthers. Girls Touch, Co-ed Flag and Cheerleader programs have all seen great success under the Cumberland banner. 

In 2020, The Panthers launched Canada's first full-spectrum Girls Tackle football program, for girls at the U13, U16 and U19 levels.


Name Years
John James 1993-1994
Dix Lawson 1995-2004
Marc Lavigne 2005-2006
Michel Charron 2007-2010
Heather de Repentigny 2011-2014
Mark Ouellet 2015-2019
Mike Schmidt 2020