The Central Coast Mariners are proud to today announce a partnership with South Australian based charity One Culture Football to provide opportunities for participants living with a disability on the Central Coast.
The One Culture Mariners program is an all-inclusive football program for 6 to 65 year old’s of all abilities & disabilities. The program focuses not only on football but health, wellbeing, gross motor skills, inclusion, self-confidence and self-esteem.
One Culture Mariners will begin on Sunday, November 1st with a free inclusive football event at Nick Montgomery’s ‘The Football Grounds’ in Erina, with participants able to come along for an afternoon of football, fun activities and the opportunity to find out more about the weekly program.
One Culture co-founder Josh Smith said he is looking forward to bringing more opportunities for different abilities on the Central Coast.
"One Culture Football has been delivering inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities through football for the last 3 years in Adelaide and it has been super successful” he said.
“The opportunity to partner with the Central Coast Mariners & The Football Grounds is a dream come true, the program will provide so many participants and families the opportunity to connect with the game and everyone has the right to enjoy football regardless of their ability, culture or gender.
“The program will be a great experience for participants, families & carers to build new social connections.”
“To be able to deliver this program in partnership with the Mariners will give participants a real connection and help create a more diverse Central Coast Mariners family.”
Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp welcomed the partnership and the opportunities it creates to broaden the reach of the world game.
“As a Club we are very excited to collaborate with the One Culture team to launch this program,” Mielekamp said.
“It is so important that as a Club we help to create these opportunities for everyone to get involved in football and we can’t wait for the program to get underway.”
Following the launch day in early November, the program will run as an 8-week program running until the 20th December at ‘The Football Grounds’.
More information on the program can be found here.