2011 Mariners Youth Academy

Read about the club's new initiatives regarding the Future Mariners Academy and plans for this year.

The success of the Future Mariners Academy has prompted a re-think as to how to best capture and develop players within the broader Mariners region.

With extensive work now underway on a Central Coast based Youth Academy through the Central Coast Football Club-s representative program, the Mariners are putting together the next phase of their Sydney-based Youth Academy, which will commence in Term three.

With representation from long-term partners Gladesville Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Associations, the program will be open to the best players from Under-13 to Under-16 representative football and interested players can now submit their CV-s.

The aim of this program is to tie in with the National Youth League by feeding players into an extended train on squad at the age of 17.

Over the past three seasons, we have found the perception of players and coaches around NYL interesting. The gap from NYL to Hyundai A-league is massive, but it is even more competitive for the youth team with most players between the ages of 16 and 20 not playing at a high enough level.

It is no surprise that the make up of the Mariners NYL squad contains many seasoned senior players from the NSW Premier League and Super League clubs.

The Future Mariners Youth Academy will address this gap, providing selected players with a clear benchmark of the level required.

Player CV-s can be sent to info@ccmariners.com.au