Mariners Academy set for historic opening

The escalation of the Central Coast Mariners’ one-of-a-kind Academy to a new level is less than a month away, with many talented youngsters from the Central Coast and its surrounding regions already signed up to one of the cornerstone elements of the Mariners’ quest to become the centre of excellence for football in Australia.

The escalation of the Central Coast Mariners- one-of-a-kind Academy to a new level is less than a month away, with many talented youngsters from the Central Coast and its surrounding regions already signed up to one of the cornerstone elements of the Mariners- quest to become the centre of excellence for football in Australia.

Many places for elite young players aged between 8 and 14 are still available at each of the Mariners- centres of excellence across the Central Coast and its surrounding regions, though the response to the Mariners- initiative that provides a direct pathway from the grassroots to the elite level of Australian football has been a positive one to date.

Part payment options are now available for all aspirant players wishing to join the Mariners- exclusive program designed to develop and improve players with ambitions to one day compete in the Hyundai A-League, with Academy centres established at Long Jetty, Glenhaven, Epping, Asquith and Hornsby.

The Mariners Academy is spearheaded by recently appointed Academy Coaching & Development Manager Tony Walmsley and will involve coaching from the Mariners playing squad and coaching staff throughout the twelve-week duration of the Academy course.

In addition, Academy members will receive admission to the Mariners- Round 8 Hyundai A-League clash against the Wellington Phoenix at Bluetongue Stadium, a Mariners branded training kit, a Mariners cap, boot bag, drink bottle and detailed feedback report from Mariners Academy coaches at the conclusion of the course.

"As we-ve always maintained, our Academy is a cornerstone element of our ambitions to become the centre of excellence for football in Australia," said Mariners Executive Chairman Lyall Gorman.

"The professional environment that all of our Academy members will be introduced to is the best available for this type of youth development program in Australia and the only one of its kind that is tailored towards preparing players for a professional football career.

"We-ve already added some very promising juniors to our Academy line ups for the forthcoming program and I encourage all aspirant footballers from the Central Coast and its surrounding regions that have yet to register with our Academy to explore the unique pathways that we have now created for footballers with a desire to one day compete in the Hyundai A-League."

The cost of one season at the Mariners Academy is $725, with application forms available for download HERE.

Mariners Memberships for the Hyundai A-League 2008/09 season are now on sale at www.ccmariners.com.au.