Federal Member for the Seat of Dobell, Karen McNamara, was on hand to officially open stage one of the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence in Tuggerah on Friday.
McNamara, together with Central Coast Mariners Chief Executive Officer, Mr Bruce Stalder, joined a variety of local politicians, the club’s players and staff, as well as media, at the official opening as the Mariners shone the spotlight on the first part of their multi-million dollar development.
“I am delighted to officially open this new campus which will have a number of benefits for the community such as improved sporting and recreational facilities, increased tourism and visitation to the region, as well as the capability to provide venues for visiting teams such as the Socceroos,” McNamara said.
“The Federal Government has strongly supported the development of this Sporting Campus and is committed to funding projects that will not only boost productivity and growth but also help ensure the long term viability and longevity of our communities.”
Stage one of the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence features an Aquatic Centre managed by YMCA Swim Schools, eight five-a-side and two seven-a-side all weather pitches leased to Soccer5s, plus a tournament sized football pitch which provides the primary base for Central Coast Mariners first team training.
The venue also currently features football offices, physiotherapy rooms, an on-site gym, two changing rooms complete with bathrooms and showers, and the licensed Copa Café attached to Soccer5s.
Check out some pics below of the stage one opening courtesy of David Earp.