Mariners supporters running errands, doing their weekly shopping, or tending to some odd jobs today may run into – or indeed be served – by one of their favourite players.
On just the second day of the Club-s pre-season ahead of Hyundai A-League season 10, Mariners players will be out and about helping a range of local businesses and organisations get their daily jobs done.
While the day will offer the Club the chance to give back to a range of its corporate partners and to the community, it will also provide Moss and his coaching staff with the opportunity to push the Club-s players outside their comfort zone.
“Today is all about reinforcing to the players how lucky they are to have a career in professional sport,” Moss said. “Certainly, all the players have worked very hard to achieve their place as a professional footballer, but there-s nothing wrong with a reminder of what the real workforce is like.”
“As part of our pre-season program we will be making sure that we take the players out of their comfort zone and put them in a range of different environments. We expect that they will approach each task with professionalism and commitment to the cause, just like they would a game.”
Moss added that he hopes the players- assistance helps make a difference to the business people of the Central Coast, as well as their employees and customers.
“It-s a day out of our lives that can make a big difference to our sponsors and the local community,” he said.
Central Coast Mariners will also commence its annual ‘Club Nights- this evening, with the first visit of the year going to the kids and volunteers at Woongarrah Wildcats FC. In total, the Mariners will conduct ten Club Nights inclusive of coaching clinics and meet and greets throughout the pre-season.
These initiatives represent just a small part of the Club-s overall community engagement initiatives leading into Hyundai A-League season 10. Indeed, the Club will be lending its support to a diverse range of initiatives and events prior to Hyundai A-League 2014-15 matchday 1 when Newcastle Jets arrive at Gosford-s Central Coast Stadium (Saturday 11 October).
Where will the players be today? • Isaka Cernak - Baker-s Delight, Erina • Eddy Bosnar - Booth-s Motor Group, North Gosford • John Hutchinson & Michael Neill - Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford • Tom Slater - eVent Cinemas, Tuggerah • Zac Anderson - Fruit For All, Berkeley Vale • Mitchell Duke & Nick Fitzgerald - Peninsula Leisure Centre, Gosford • Liam Reddy - Little Kickers • Storm Roux, Matt Sim & Kim Seung-yong - Masterfoods, Berkeley Vale • Anthony Kalik - Oporto, Tuggerah • Glen Trifiro - Oporto, Erina • Brent Griffiths - Prestige Wedding & Event Hire • Nick Montgomery - Shortland Insurance, Gosford • Hayden Morton - Tyres & More, Tumbi Umbi • Anthony Caceres - Worldwide Printing, Erina