Mariners Academy builds unique development pathway with Upper 90

Upper 90

The Central Coast Mariners Academy and Upper 90 have entered a ground-breaking relationship that designates Upper 90 as the Central Coast Mariners Academy’s official USA college soccer-football route partner.

In order to identify the best academic and athletic match for each person, they assist student athletes and their families in locating scholarship possibilities throughout all American collegiate sports divisions.

The Mariners and Upper 90 will work together to provide chances for football players of all skill levels to learn more about what college sports have to offer.

In business since 2010, Upper90 is a top USA college sports recruitment firm that assists its clients by advising and training them to communicate with US collegiate sports programmes. Upper 90 College’s expertise includes training and development of competitive athletes, sports marketing, with an extensive network of college sports coaches within the US college sports system, as well as educational and sports pathways into European Universities.

John Stevanja, a representative for Upper 90, expressed his satisfaction at joining forces with the Central Coast Mariners Academy which has a reputation of producing quality players – most recently Garang Kuol who went on to sign for Newcastle in the Premier League.

The US college system is a proven process whereby players can access scholarships that give them best of both worlds,” he said via press release

“This includes a range of scholarship and playing standard levels for male and female football players, as well as educational bridging courses to college levels, first class college sporting infrastructure, facilities, coaching and scouting networks, as well as a range of post college semi pro and professional football leagues.

“Upper 90 have provided access to sporting and academic scholarships to Australian athletes for 13 years now and we have seen incredible success for our clients as sporting and academic levels.”

Central Coast Mariners men’s academy first grade coach Abbas Saad is excited to see the club add another bow to the Academy’s string, providing opportunities for all members. 

“This is an exciting new partnership that comes at a time when the Academy is entering an incredible period having had lots of player development success, including being rated the number one academy in Asia,” he added via press release.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for those Academy players that may not be quite ready for first team promotion or who want to balance their academic opportunities as well as football development moving forward. The opportunity will give players a chance to both improve their academics and football overseas in a tried and tested college system, before potentially returning to Australia in the hunt for an A-League contract.” 

The Mariners and their academy will look to maintain their reputation of being one of Australia’s best talent factories and continue producing high level youth players. 

Melbourne City FC and Tarneit United to promote grassroots growth

Tarneit United and Melbourne City

Melbourne City FC announced that Tarneit United Soccer Club are a Macca’s City Clubs Platinum Partner for the current 2023/24 A-Leagues season.

Melbourne City have used their partnership with McDonald’s Australia to create The Macca’s City Clubs program. This program aims to engage junior grassroots football clubs across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria with the aim to help grow football on and off the pitch.

The club seek to create purposeful long-term relationships with every club they work with and make a huge impact on the development and participation numbers of the sport.

It was originally launched in the 2021/22 A-Leagues season, and the club continues to grow the club network utilising this amazing program every season.

There are plenty of benefits for Tarneit United SC that come out of this partnership including “Coach the Coach” workshops led by our experienced Melbourne City coaches, player meet and greets, and the opportunity to take part in exclusive matchday experiences and offers.

Tarneit United President, Burhan Farah explained why this partnership would benefit the members of the club greatly.

“Tarneit United is in the heart of the west and we’re excited to partner with the best A-League club in the country. Farah mentioned in a Melbourne City press release

“A love for football is our number one driver, and by aligning our club with Melbourne City FC, we hope to inspire our coaches and players to continue to grow our game in the community.

“It’s an honour to be a Macca’s City Club Platinum Partner and we look forward to supporting Melbourne City from the stands this season.”

Melbourne City FC CEO, Brad Rowse explained the importance of growing grassroots football in Victoria.

“We’re delighted to welcome Tarneit United to the Macca’s City Club program on the eve of the 2023/24 A-Leagues season. Rowse added in a club press release.

“Supporting grassroots football is important to us at Melbourne City FC, and with the addition of Tarneit United, we now have thirteen Macca’s City Club Platinum Partners stretching right across Melbourne.

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Tarneit United and can’t wait to give their participants plenty of unforgettable experiences and opportunities in the years ahead.”

Melbourne City through their Football School and Maccas City Clubs programs have set a standard for the other teams in the league to hopefully follow in the near future.

The importance of setting a fantastic grassroots foundation of football in the country can never be undermined and this partnership provides another great example of it.

PSG eyeing huge Parc des Princes redevelopment

Parc des Princes revamp

Despite uncertainties over its future at the 48,000-capacity Parc des Princes, Paris Saint-Germain is continuing to investigate possibilities for significant redevelopment work.

According to the French publication L’Équipe, PSG is considering putting a roof and a retractable pitch to the Parc des Princes as part of an ambitious expansion proposal. The stadium is owned by the City Council of Paris, and any substantial renovations would need PSG to buy the site.

PSG has many possibilities on the table, according to L’Équipe, and the club is still interested in purchasing the Stade de France. PSG must submit an offer to purchase the Stade de France by January 3.

PSG held a survey with its supporters in March about the club’s stadium alternatives, outlining four ideas. A “significant” refurbishment of the Parc des Princes, a shift to a restored Stade de France, a new stadium to the west of Paris, and a new site within a 20 kilometre radius of the Parc des Princes that may include the town of Poissy were all possibilities.

If the team is unable to execute a deal to buy the Parc des Princes, it may attempt to buy the Stade de France or relocate to one of two new locations in the city.

The French government presently owns the Stade de France through the Consortium Stade de France. In 1995, the state handed the two corporations control of the 77,083-capacity stadium under a deal with the partnership created by construction firms Vinci and Bouygues.

The agreement between Vinci and Bouygues will expire on July 1, 2025. The cost of acquiring the facility is estimated to be over $657 million, with additional expenditure necessary to transform it to the demands of a football club.

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