Academy | Information Evening Review

Central Coast Mariners held an information session for parents and players involved in its Academy program at Central Coast Leagues Club in Gosford on Monday.

Central Coast Mariners held an information session for parents and players involved in its Academy program at Central Coast Leagues Club in Gosford on Monday.

The Club-s Academy Manager, Mr Brett Scrine, and CEO, Mr Bruce Stalder, spoke about current issues with the Academy, as well as the intended future of the program.

Central Coast Mariners first team players Marcos Flores and Adam Kwasnik were also in attendance, with Flores providing an inspiring story about how he fell in love with football.

For parents and players unable to attend, here are the responses to some of the key questions asked at the event.

When will my child-s apparel arrive and what will they receive? We are waiting on an arrival date from Kappa however gear is expected soon. Each player will receive two training kits, a polo, tracksuit and bag. We will update you shortly regarding the arrival date of the gear.

Can players have their name embellished on their shirts? No - we would prefer there to be consistency across the Academy regarding names on shirts, even if some parents are willing to cover the cost of the embellishment.

Will I be able to change gear sizing? Yes - sizing can be changed upon request.

The Central Coast Leagues Club logo is on the kid-s kit. Is this permitted? Yes - Central Coast Leagues Club have sponsored the Academy. Permission was sought through Football NSW. There are many community clubs keen to sponsor junior sport.

Will players be required to wear black pants and shoes to each game? No - once everyone has their gear, players will be expected to arrive in a tracksuit, polo and clean shoes.

Will the third instalment of fees due on 16 April be delayed until after the apparel arrives? Yes - the third instalment will be delayed until after apparel distribution.

Why was there an increase in fees from 2013 to 2014? Due to the financial loss that was experienced in 2014, the fees were raised to ensure the longevity of the Academy program. Costs are in line with other NPL clubs. The long-term aim of the Academy is to generate sponsor revenues and other support to reduce the costs for parents and players.

Why do the boys pay more than the girls? This is determined by Football NSW thresholds.

Will there be a sibling discount? Yes - There will be a cash back of $150 per family after fees are paid in full. There will be a form to fill out in this regards.

Will matches be filmed this year? This is currently being reviewed and the Club will provide an update soon.

Who is the Technical Director? As of Monday 7 April, Lawrie McKinna commenced a six week stint as Academy TD to provide guidance to and structure for the coaches.

Why have the youth teams had training moved from Pluim Park, Lisarow? This is a decision that is out of our hands. Pluim Park is owned by Central Coast Football (CCF) and it was deemed that the condition of the surface would last longer if there was a reduction in use of the facility.

Why doesn-t the CCMA Coordinator attend all games? It is physically impossible for the Academy Coordinator to attend all matches, however the Club will have a representative at matches moving forward. He/she will become known to the teams.

Where will we be able to discover news and information about the Academy teams? The Club is putting greater resources and focus on covering the Academy teams. A weekly match preview and review will be available on Weekly news will be added to the site. Other initiatives will take place to ensure the Academy receives the recognition it deserves. is also also a primary resource for results, fixtures and tables.