CENTRAL Coast Mariners' star midfielder Glen Trifiro and coach Phil Moss have stressed the importance of supporting regional football during the team's Lismore visit.
"I think it's always important for kids to have a bit of professional presence around," Trifiro said while training talented young Football Far North Coast players.
"I think it's good for them to see professional footballers at their sessions, because it gives them an indication that with hard work there is an opportunity to be a professional and to make a good career out of football.
"As a kid I always used to love it myself."
The Mariners are in Lismore for the week as part of the Hyundai A-League pre-season camp, which finishes with a friendly match against Melbourne City at Oakes Oval in Lismore at 2.30pm on Sunday.
Trifiro and teammates Mitchell Duke, Nick Fitzgerald, and Richard Vernes, as well as coach Moss and assistant Wayne O'Sullivan, conducted training with FFNC's under-10s, 11s, and 12s development squads at Oakes Oval on Tuesday.
The Mariners then trained FFNC's under-13s and 14s development squads yesterday and today eight players will mingle with locals at Oakes Oval as part of FFNC's Community Football Day.
The team will head to Lismore Turf Club tomorrow after training for the first ever Central Coast Mariners Race Day at the venue.
Players will also make an in-store appearance from 3-4pm tomorrow at Newcastle Permanent Building Society Lismore, while Mar
iners youth development co-ordinator and former player Adam Kwasnik will host two Newcastle Permanent Mariners ACTIVE sessions - at Lismore Public School and Goonellabah Public School.
Moss was looking forward to a tough match against Melbourne and expected his team to play well in the face of more experienced opposition.
"Regardless of how hard we're training this week, we're expecting quality in our appearance," he said.
"It should be great. I've heard (attendance) figures of around the 5000 mark."