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.