Central Coast Mariners launch Girls SAP Program

The Central Coast Mariners are delighted to announce that the opportunity and development of girls’ football has increased, with Football NSW granting a Girls Skills Acquisition Licence to the Mariners Academy.

GSAP is for ages of U10,U11,U12 and U13 and these teams underpin the Central Coast Mariners WNPL program which in turn will support the A-League Women’s program next year.

Mariners Head of Football Ken Schembri spoke about how this will provide steps in the right direction in terms of the club’s development.

“We are delighted to have been granted a GSAP licence by Football NSW. This is the final piece of the puzzle in a total pathway program for female footballers.”

“Working with young players aged between 10 and 13 is a fantastic step towards being a complete Academy with our club now having complete pathways in Men’s and Women’s Football. We have anticipated this activity and are well advanced in our preparations to introduce this new program” Schembri exclaimed.

The Central Coast Mariners in anticipation of this change in their Women’s NPL and GSAP set-up will be aiming to host a Female Football Day at Pluim Park on the 20th of November, encouraging girls of all ages to experience football and the Mariners Academy.

Current player and coach Gabby Blanch re-affirmed the delight in opening up more opportunities for girls on the Coast.

“It is gearing up to be an exciting era for Women’s football here on the Coast. Following on from the recent A-League Women’s Team advancement, and now the GSAP announcement, our Club can commit to delivering the full suite of the player pathway for girls and women in the region.”

“This has been a long time coming for young female players on the Coast, and the Club has really committed to being resourceful and making improvements to ensure every female player has the opportunity to play at the highest level.”

“We are extremely lucky to have the strong backing of CEO Shaun Mielekamp and other stakeholders within the Club, and we look forward to one day seeing the products of our GSAP and Academy programs playing in our A-League Women’s Team” Blanch concluded.

Expressions of Interest are now open for Girls in ages U10, U11, U12, U13, in GSAP, plus we do have opportunity for some players to also join our NPL Youth Girls program in U14, U15 and U16s. 

Girls wishing to express interest in attending the female football day please click here and those wishing to attend training in Girls Youth can contact Peter Preston at: 

Girls completing our expression of interest will go into the draw to win one of twenty-five books written by Sam Kerr, provided by our friends at MATE.