Central Coast Mariners partner with Marsden State High School in Queensland

The Central Coast Mariners are excited to announce a partnership with Marsden State High School that will provide a strong and long-term pathway with development opportunities for participants and coaching staff. 

The partnership will see Marsden State High School collaborate with the Mariners to establish a boys and girls talent development pathway for the club in Southern Queensland. 

In line with the agreement, there will be Central Coast Mariners talent ID programs conducted at Marsden State High School in South Queensland, aiming to identify young players with footballing talent. 

The partnership will serve a dual purpose, not only helping to provide a pathway for Marsden State High School students to the Mariners Academy, but also seeing club staff supported through professional development opportunities at the school. 

Marsden State High School Associate Principal Sean Curtis said: 

“Marsden State High School has a rich culture of producing and nurturing high performing athletes across our various sporting excellence programs. We are the largest secondary school in Australia with over 90 different nations represented across our student body. After visiting Central Coast Mariners last month, it was clear they shared similar values to us and partnering with the number one Academy in Asia is just another example of the superior opportunities we thrive to provide for our students, staff and community.”

“This unique interstate A-League Men and Women partnership will build a strong and long-term relationship, that will deliver pathway and developmental opportunities for students and coaching staff of Marsden SHS and Central Coast Mariners.”

Marsden State High School Football Coordinator Graham Fyfe said: 

“Working directly alongside the staff of Central Coast Mariners, who are considered among the best in the country, will be an invaluable experience for the staff of the Marsden State High School Football Excellence Program. They can learn from the expertise and knowledge of the club’s coaching staff, sports scientists, and other personnel who are involved in the daily operations of a professional football team.”

“This, in turn, enables them to provide an even higher level of guidance and mentorship to the students and players within the Marsden State High School Football Excellence Program.”

Central Coast Mariners Sporting Director Matt Simon said: 

“This partnership with Marsden State High School is an exciting opportunity for us as a club to continue to expand our network as we look to identify and help develop the next generation of Australian football talent.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with a school that has the pedigree of producing athletes that Marsden State High does, and we look forward to working with them on delivering pathways and development opportunities for everyone involved.”