The Central Coast Mariners celebrated the life of Archie King on May 29 and 30 and at the #F3Derby on June 1, with a series of special initiatives across the Club.
Archie, aged 12 and a member of the Mariners’ Academy, was tragically killed in a car accident while travelling with his father and brother to training one Saturday morning.
Archie’s brother has made a full recovery; however, his father requires ongoing medical care.
On May 30 at Pluim Park, the Mariners’ NPL Men’s and Women’s First Grade teams played their part of a day to celebrate Archie’s life, wearing a one-off Fit for a King jersey.
The A-League team also wore a similar jersey during warm-up at the #F3Derby at Central Coast Stadium on June 1.
The NPL jersey was available to be purchased, while the A-League warm up shirts have been signed by the squad and will be auctioned off to raise money for the Kings.
Merchandise proceeds and donation collections from the days will go towards supporting the family, with father, Neil, still in hospital care in Sydney.
Mariners’ CEO, Shaun Mielekamp, said that it was important for the Club to stand up and support the King family at an important time.
“This devastating tragedy has touched everyone at the club and the whole football community on the Coast, as such it is so important for everyone at CCM to do what we can to support the family in the toughest of times.
“The football community on the Coast is one big family and to see the strength shown by the Kings has been nothing short of inspirational to all of us.
“The Fit For a King fundraiser and Go Fund Me page are extremely important and special initiatives and I implore everyone to give as much support as they possibly can.
“Sunday was a very special day out at Pluim Park, as was Tuesday’s F3 Derby,” Mielekamp said.
A fundraiser dinner will be held at Mingara on June 19.
Tickets are available to be purchased via the Fit for a King website.
Media Release, May 28
Central Coast Mariners