About City in the Community

About City in the Community

City in the Community (CITC) – the foundation proudly supported by Melbourne City FC – was officially registered as a charity in November 2015, with a ceremonial launch event at Melbourne’s Parliament House. Celebrating the Club’s ongoing commitment to the Victorian community, CITC’s primary objective is to develop and grow the Club’s existing football programs to create positive social impact within the community.

With the support of fans, City in the Community uses the power of football to promote employment, social inclusion and physical activity

Established in 2010 in the year of the Club’s foundation, the community outreach program has engaged with over 500,000 young Victorians using the power of football to promote health, education and leadership development and create safe community spaces.

City in the Community also aims to forge closer links between the football club and the local Victorian community, with social responsibility an essential part of the fabric of Melbourne City.

Projects such as Cityzens Giving, City at Work and the Young Leader training allow the Club to engage and empower a variety of groups from local communities.

Globally, the City Football Foundation uses the power of football to address five social issues:

  • Social inclusion
  • Health
  • Education
  • Unemployment
  • Crime Prevention777

We work with CITC in Manchester City FC and New York City FC on the Cityzens Giving program. Cityzens Giving is a global fund supporting youth led charity football projects, with fans deciding how the grants are allocated. The Melbourne program “I Speak Football” is a social inclusion football program for young people newly arrived in Australia.

Some of our key programs include:

  • Young Leader training
  • I Speak Football
  • CALD Carers is an innovative new project funded by VicHealth aimed at getting culturally and linguistically diverse carers active and connecting them with the club.
  • Walking Football is a program for older adults aimed at keeping them active and playing football.
  • Welcome to Football is a football program to ensure youth newly arrived in Australia feel supported and included. This program is supported by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
  • Free School Holiday programs
  • Disability programs including Powerchair Football and Blind Football supported by the Westpac Foundation
  • City in the Community Week

Schools Programs

City in the community runs free programs in Primary Schools for children in Years 5 and 6.

City Robots is a six week program aimed at using football to teach coding and robotics. Robots are constructed and then coded to play football matches and perform tricks and skills. The program is supported by Manchester City FC and UBTech and includes a practical fun football component.

Healthy Hat Trick is a four week program aimed at teaching children the importance of healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. Melbourne City players share their tips in the booklet. A fun practical football component is included in the program.

Free School Holiday Programs

CitC runs free clinics for children every school holidays, including All Abilities clinics, Girls Only clinics and for children for Multicultural backgrounds who are unable to afford other football programs.

These programs will be promoted through Melbourne City FC social media channels.

Casual Coaches and volunteers for our City in the Community program

City in the Community is looking for reliable and energetic coaches for our City in the Community programs. We are offering paid positions for casual coaches and opportunities for volunteering within our programs. All applicants need to have a current Working with Children check and a minimum Grassroots Coaching qualification.