The Central Coast Mariners will take on the iconic red and yellow colours of Surf Life Saving patrol uniforms for Sunday's Hyundai A-League clash against Brisbane Roar.
For the second time in the club’s history the Mariners will wear the special strip to acknowledge the tireless efforts of Surf Life Saving Central Coast (SLSCC).
SLSCC & the Central Coast Mariners have worked hand-in-hand on the Central Coast for several seasons and the relationship will be highlighted as the team steps onto the pitch in their unique Surf Life Saving inspired football kits.
Surf Life Savers from the 15 Central Coast Surf Clubs selflessly volunteer their time to protect the Central Coast community whilst enjoying the Coast’s beautiful beaches. Last season, they:
- Protected over 1,241,243 beach users
- Saved 1,162 Lives
- Prevented a further 21,338 people from getting into difficulty
- Administered 2,836 First Aid cases
- Performed 97,400 volunteer patrol hours
To help launch the Central Coast Mariners Limited edition SLSCC kits, Josh Bingham, Jake McGing and Harry Ascroft were joined by some local lifesavers at Toowoon Bay Beach to show off their temporary new colours.
“Surf Life Saving Central Coast is proud of our community partnership with the Central Coast Mariners and excited to once again see the players wear red and yellow in recognition of the fantastic service volunteer surf life savers provide to the Central Coast community,” Parker said.
“The red and yellow playing strip will also be a timely reminder to the Central Coast community to swim between the red and yellow flags during the School Holidays which is the busiest time on Central Coast beaches.
“As far as I am aware, the Central Coast Mariners are the only professional team of any code to don the red and yellow which is iconic to the Australian way of life.
"With the Beach being such a huge part of the Central Coast lifestyle it is fitting that “Our Team” is supporting surf lifesaving via this initiative which gives fantastic recognition to volunteer surf lifesavers while promoting beach safety at the same time.
“The message is clear: don’t swim at unpatrolled beaches. Only swim at patrolled locations between the red and yellow flags. If the Lifesavers can’t see you, we can’t save you!
Central Coast Mariners’ CEO Shaun Mielekamp is proud that that club can continue their support of Surf Life Saving Central Coast by wearing their colours for the second consecutive season.
“We couldn’t be more proud to show our support towards SLSCC, they are an enormous part of this community and whilst we play football, they save lives,” Mielekamp said. “Living in the Central Coast, I can truly appreciate the tireless efforts and energy of the surf life savers who work incredibly hard to keep our beaches safe,” Mielekamp said.
As a curtain raiser on Sunday there will also be a Westfield W-League match kicking off at 2:30pm between Canberra United and Brisbane Roar.