Newcastle Permanent Building Society has agreed to sponsor US$117,000 in aid of the Central Coast Mariners' community football programme.
The new programme, officially known as the Newcastle Permanent Mariners Active, will be available to all Central Coast Primary schools from the beginning of term four and will focus on encouraging children to participate in playing and enjoying football.
Newcastle Permanent Building Society chief executive officer, Terry Millett, said, "Newcastle Permanent is a long term supporter of Surf Life Saving on the Central Coast, presents the annual Christmas Carols at Bluetongue Stadium and is a partner in the highly successful Give Me 5 for Kids fundraising campaign.
"We are delighted to play a part in nurturing the development of junior football in the region and the Mariners Active Schools Program will play a large part in promoting healthy lifestyles to young students," Millett added.
Mariners development coordinator, Damien Brown, said, "The Newcastle Permanent Mariners Active is a great programme for kids to be involved. They will gain improved coordination and fitness, and for many it will be an introduction to football. We thank Newcastle Permanent for supporting this programme and the funding they have provided will allow school children throughout the Central Coast to participate at no cost the schools or parents."
The Hyundai A-League club is currently placed third in the 2010/11 league table.