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 300,000 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 Prevention

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:

  • City in the Community Week
  • Young Leader training
  • Soccer Mums – a VicHealth funded program in partnership with FFV, Soccer Mums aims to encourage inactive Mums to become more active through football
  • City at Work – football and job skills programs in partnership with MatchWorks and supported by the Scanlon foundation
  • Disability programs including Blind Football supported by the Westpac Foundation and the Manchester City Supporters club
  • I Speak Football
  • School Holiday programs

City in the Community is also a provider for Sporting Schools and can be booked through https://www.sportingschools.gov.au/

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 Sporting Schools and other 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.

Please send an Expression of Interest with your availability to Cara Matsa cara.matsa@melbournecityfc.com.au