Mariners community programs a hit

Huge numbers of young Central Coast fans have signed up for the upcoming School Holiday Coaching Clinics.

Around 250 children from the Central Coast have already signed up for the upcoming Mariners- School Holiday Coaching Clinics to be held at various locations during the two-week holiday break.

The clinics will begin next Monday, and are certain to be a hit with the record number of junior Mariners in the making.

Certified coaches will run through drills and teach the 4-12-year-olds the joys of football and leading a healthy lifestyle. It-s a great follow on from the club-s regular MarinersACTIVE schools program, which has seen the club visit 21 local schools in Term 1 this year alone.

“The response to our active role in the community has been overwhelming to say the least,” said club chief executive John McKay.

“Our MarinersACTIVE program has been hugely successful in schools for some time now, and it-s been heart-warming to see this reflected in the huge numbers of youngsters on the Central Coast eager to participate in our school holiday activities.”

“It-s moments like this that you can clearly see the popularity of the club with the next generation in this region, and that makes our commitment to our community work that much more rewarding and important.”

“Here-s hoping the next batch of Central Coast Mariners will be identified as a result of these youth development programs we-ve put in place over the past six years,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hyundai A-League players Mat Ryan and Bernie Ibini-Isei have used their current off-season break to give back to other aspiring young athletes at their former school, Westfields Sports High.

The young pair, who burst onto the scene with impressive performances last season, shared words of advice and handed out awards at a special assembly.