Final details decided for Mariners Academy

The final adjustments have been made between Central Coast Football (CCF) and the Central Coast Mariners to the roll out the representative football program on the Coast.

The final adjustments have been made between Central Coast Football (CCF) and the Central Coast Mariners to the roll out the representative football program on the Coast.

With Football NSW confirming the clubs position in Super Youth League for boys and Premier Youth League for girls next season, the club will enter under the Central Coast Mariners Academy (CCMA) branding with the football program being run by the Mariners technical department.

CCF will continue to administer the program and discussions are currently underway to further advance the technical program through the appointment of a CCMA Coaching Coordinator.

Central Coast Mariners Development Manager and National Youth League Coach, Tony Walmsley, is in charge of the technical program and highlighted the club-s intentions.

"The pathway to the Mariners has always been there for local players. We have a great opportunity through the CCMA to help more local players over the long term to realise their potential,” Walmsley said.

Foundation Mariners player and Youth Development Coordinator, Damien Brown, will continue to play a role in the program, supporting the Academy-s Coaches and the CCMA Coaching Coordinator in a mentoring capacity.

"This really is the best possible structure for the Coast. We have reached a point where the two organisations are working together in a true partnership and I am really excited about the potential of the CCMA for the girls and boys of the region,” Brown said.

CCF Chairman Darren Sprod has played a pivotal role in the formation of the CCMA and was equally upbeat about the program kicking off a new era for development on the Coast.

“It is incredibly exciting to see the plans coming together for this new partnership with the Central Coast Mariners, it heralds a new era for player development on the Central Coast. One that will be of great benefit to all the boys and girls of the area.”

The CCMA has appointed its coaches and commences trials next week with playing groups to be finalised by mid November.