Newcastle Permanent commits $125,000 to Schools Program

The Central Coast Mariners will today receive $125,000 from Newcastle Permanent Building Society to launch a new Community Football program to Central Coast primary schools.

The Central Coast Mariners have today received $125,000 from Newcastle Permanent Building Society to launch a new Community Football program to Central Coast primary schools.

The new program named Newcastle Permanent Mariners Active has been launched at Chittaway Bay Public School, where students were given a chance to show their skills in front of Mariners stars Brad Porter, Josh Rose and Adam Kwasnik, along with Head Coach Graham Arnold and Assistant Phil Moss.

Newcastle Permanent Mariners Active is available to all Central Coast Primary schools from the beginning of term four and will focus on encouraging children to participate in playing and enjoying football.

Newcastle Permanent CEO Terry Millett said the program is a great addition to Newcastle Permanent-s portfolio of community sponsorships on the Central Coast.

"Newcastle Permanent is a long term supporter of Surf Life Saving on the Central Coast, presents the annual Christmas Carols at Bluetongue Stadium and is a partner in the highly successful Give Me 5 for Kids fundraising campaign.

"We are delighted to play a part in nurturing the development of junior football in the region and the Mariners Active Schools Program will play a large part in promoting healthy lifestyles to young students," Mr Millett said.

Headed up by Foundation Mariner and Mariners Development Coordinator Damien Brown the program is fun and dynamic involving groups of 32 students in grades three to six participating in a range of drills and activities.

"The Newcastle Permanent Mariners Active is a great program for kids to be involved. They will gain improved coordination and fitness, and for many it will be an introduction to football.

"We thank Newcastle Permanent for supporting this program and the funding they have provided will allow school children throughout the Central Coast to participate at no cost to the schools or parents," Mr Brown said.

The Newcastle Permanent Mariners Active program is available in morning and afternoon sessions during the school week.

Each student will receive a participation pack in recognition of their involvement.