NEWS: Central Coast Mariners announce Northbridge FC partner


Northbridge FC has announced an historic agreement with the Central Coast Mariners Australia’s largest community football club, to establish a Youth Development Academy on Sydney’s North Shore.                               


The Mariners will set up the North Shore Mariners Academy, which will be based at Northbridge FC on the lower North Shore. It will bring a direct pathway from Youth Development to A-League with the Central Coast Mariners.  


Mike Charlesworth, Mariners’ chairman and majority owner said: “This marks the beginning of a vision we share with Northbridge FC to bring excellence and accessibility to youth football development at the highest level to young people across northern Sydney.”

“I have a goal to be in the top 100 development clubs in the world by the next World Cup in Russia in 2018. The partnership with Northbridge FC is the kick-start of a revitalised program. It has included us setting up a state-wide scouting network, plus appointing a  Head of Youth Football (Stu Jacobs) and Head of Junior Development (Rui Tomé),” he said.

The latest move by the Yellow and Navy will create a strong presence for the North Shore Mariners Academy in the extensive player growth areas of northern Sydney from early 2015. It will allow the Central Coast Mariners to directly impart the Club’s junior development philosophy on greater numbers of male and female players, influence their progression as footballers, and expand the club’s brand across the region.

The North Shore Mariners Academy will be administered by Northbridge FC, and will provide kids from Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) through to senior ranks in men’s and women’s competitions the opportunity to represent the 2013 Hyundai A-League Champions.

Rory Grace, President of the Northbridge FC, said: “This is an amazing opportunity that will provide the youth from across the North Shore with access to the best coaches in Australia. It will also create an unmatched pathway to high-performance football and a great opportunity to further educate our own coaches.  


A strong emphasis will be placed on coach education by the Mariners. The mentors selected to oversee the North Shore Mariners Academy will be trained in the club’s coaching style and philosophy, based on Football Federation Australia’s national curriculum.

Northbridge Football Club is recognised as a model Football Federation of Australia club, building the future through youth development and community connection.

The North Shore of Sydney has never had an A-League Team to follow. The Eastern Suburbs has Sydney FC and the west has Western Sydney Wanderers.  


 With the Mariners setting up base on the North Shore in 2015, northern Sydney will finally have an A-League team to call their own and a Youth Academy providing young players an opportunity to play through to A-League right here in Northbridge!