Junior Representative Leagues
This season will see us move away from CCU’s teams being named as countries, to team names that have significant meaning to CCU.
Dean Heffernan was Central Coast United’s Technical Director for three years. Dean worked with Central Coast Football as a coach educator to help improve local football on the coast. He also facilitated a pathway for our kids to play representative football with Football NSW. Dean was passionate about supplying a program for as many kids on the coast as possible. As Dean signed his first professional contract when he was 23, he understood that kids develop at different stages of their youth. Dean’s playing career is an admirable one – playing and scoring in the a-league and playing and scoring a goal for the Australian Socceroos.
Dean played for the Central Coast Mariners in their inaugural year and lived and played on the Central Coast for 5 years. Heff’s game intelligence, strength and playing career are qualities that all CCU kids should aspire to.
Daniel McFarlane was Central Coast United’s first Club Captain. Daniel was a Killarney Vale Districts Soccer Club junior and is not only a player, but also one of our coaches. He has assisted the club for 4 years in the coaching programs that helped build the foundations of CCU. Daniel was voted the best senior player at the club and the best senior player in the State League in our inaugural year.
Daniel coached his first junior teams in 2018. He has a passion for coaching the young kids, which is evident when many of his team come to CCU home games to support coach Dan. Daniel’s involvement in many aspects of the club, and undisputable playing creativity are qualities that every CCU kid should aspire to.
Geordie Howe was the first player ever signed to Central Coast United. Geordie spent his junior football at Gosford City Football Club where he developed as one of the strongest central defenders on the coast. He was the club’s first vice-captain and played every second of First Grade in our inaugural year where he won the grandfinal’s player of the match.
Geordie’s time in the local premier league made him well renowned across the coast and he was a true coastie signed to CCU.
Geordie’s leadership abilities, determination and positive communication on the field are qualities that every CCU kid should aspire to.
Ash Grant started the first ever RDP program with our General Manager, Matthew Crowell, that would be the start of an academy, and later a football club. Ash was an enthusiastic advocate for developing local youth players in a positive environment. He worked with Soccer5s and Central Coast Football over many years to help develop the programs and academies that would become Central Coast United Football Club. Ash coached both in our SAP programs and in local leagues – building a strong affiliation and relationship with many kids on the coast.
Ash coached Terrigal United Football Club Men’s Grade, getting them promoted from Division one, into the premier league. When CCU was built in 2018, Ash was the first choice for our U20’s coach. His legacy is forever felt throughout the club. Ash’s passion for football, enthusiasm and dedication are qualities that all CCU kids should aspire to.