Our TFG Team
Owner & Program Co-ordinator
Nick has a football background of the highest pedigree, having played professionally for 20 years in the English Championship, Premier League and A league.
Nick arrived in AUSTRALIA in 2012 and immediately helped the Central Coast Mariners to their inaugural A league championship as well as
qualifying for the latter stages of the Asian Champions league.
Playing alongside local legend and grand final winning skipper John Hutchinson, Nick “Monty” as he is known became a crowd favourite and took over captaincy when Hutchinson retired.
Nick hung up his boots and playing days however is now currently the Head coach of the Central Coast Mariners.
His vision for The Football Grounds was to provide programs to help develop young players and keep them fit, healthy, active and passionate in the off season. Football should be fun and he believes in playing for your local team and enjoying the beautiful game with like minded friends.
Nick and his family, wife Josie (who runs everything behind the scenes at TFG along with Centre Manager Heidi), and 3 daughters Chloe, Leah and Eva live here on the central coast and are now Citizens enjoying everything the central coast has to offer a young family. A local family run business for other local families to enjoy.
Lucas Fajardo Vilela is the Head Coach here at TFG but also the Head coach of the U20s and assistant coach of the U23’s at the Central Coast Mariners
He is a proud Brazilian/Uruguayan citizen and has been living and breathing football since the age of 4. In his hometown, Porto Alegre, he had the chance to play through his youth phase for Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, where he understood the game and training objectives at a high level.
He graduated in Physical Education at the Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul where Lucas also played for the University Team and helped create a semi-professional Team - SC. Ipanema.
After completing his degree, he had the golden opportunity to experience the professional level when working with Douglas Costa - Brazilian National Team, Juventus (ITA), Shakhtar Donetsk (UA). From that experience, Lucas decided to move to Australia and learn English to restart his football coaching career.
He holds a CBF "B" Licence, and it is on top of the development of both PROgress Sports Management and DVLX Football philosophy and methodology. Lucas understands that through football, players can develop all senses of human beings and so becoming better people. He is very passionate about his coaching work and loves developing young athletes. The whole program is over seen and run by Lucas to ensure top level coaching so kids can develop up the Mariners Pathway.
Heidi has a degree in Business Administration and has enjoyed a variety of high end administration roles within different fields over many years. With both her children playing football at a high level, it was a natural transition for Heidi to use her skills in managing the centre. Heidi's
responsibility as Centre Manager is to ensure not only that The Football Grounds is run efficiently, but above all, that we offer a quality product for everyone on the Coast. Heidi will be the one the other end of the phone or emails dealing with the day to day running.
I am from Brisbane where I started playing at the age of 6. I started playing NPL for Moreton Bay Jets from under 12s to making my senior debut as a 17 year old. That is when I got my chance to trail with the Mariners. I also made many different Queensland representative teams along the way. I fell in love with coaching when I had a long term injury and I started working with my long term coach Jason Groth and he mentored my coaching, assisting him with Junior NPL teams at Moreton Bay.
I have played football since the age of 10. I started from the bottom and worked my way up to WPL where I am in my third season of premier league.
I love playing and working football. I especially love seeing young girls
enjoying themselves playing football and really enjoy coaching the younger kids.
I grew up here on the Central Coast and still live locally.
I began my football career at the age of 8 for local side Terrigal United. At the age of 13 I made the CCM Academy side and have since gone on to play for Apia Leichhardt (U14) and Marconi Stallions (U15) before
returning to the Mariners at the age of 16.
I am still at the Mariners and currently playing under Monty and Sergio.
I have also represented Australia at an under 19s level. I found my love for coaching within the last few years and coach at both Mariners and here at TFG