Melbourne residents will be able to take a special football-themed tram for the next three months, after Melbourne City FC’s charity, City in the Community (CITC), was selected as one of Yarra Trams’ inaugural community partners.
Melbourne City player Scott Jamieson attended the big reveal, where he was joined by young people from City in the Community’s youth-leadership development pathway.
A specially designed tram will travel on Route 48 (North Balwyn to Docklands) and Route 109 (Box Hill to Port Melbourne) in order to promote the work of Melbourne City FC’s charity, City in the Community.
City in the Community was one of eight organisations selected in the Yarra Trams Community Partnerships program for its work around diversity and inclusion within Melbourne’s tram network.
The charity was founded in 2015 with the mission to use the power of the global game to promote social inclusion, employment and physical activity.
Yarra Trams CEO, Nicolas Gindt, said: “I’m delighted Yarra Trams is partnering with a much-loved community organisation like City in the Community. Our partnerships program is designed to celebrate organisations that champion diversity and inclusion in Melbourne every day and we are proud to provide a unique platform for the valuable work that they do. It’s timely that we launch the City in the Community tram on our network when soccer is on the world stage, with the World Cup bringing together communities from across the globe in the spirit of sportsmanship.”
City in the Community’s Head of Community, Sue Crow, said: “We are incredibly proud of the work that we do with under-served communities in Melbourne, and this support from Yarra Trams, a real Melbourne institution, means a lot to everyone involved with CITC. Any opportunity to further highlight the work that we do is of huge benefit to the charity and is a source of great pride to our staff, our Young Leaders, and Melbourne City fans.”
Faisal Aden, Young Leader for City in the Community, said: “Football is the most accessible game, wherever you are from and whoever you are, you just need one ball and a couple of friends. For that reason, we can engage with so many people from all backgrounds, and that’s what we try to do at City in the Community. I am so proud that people all over Melbourne are going to be able to see some of the work that we do, and maybe they will want to get involved or even just be encouraged to pick up a ball. Thank you to Yarra Trams for this opportunity.”
The tram sets of from the Kew Depot at 4:30pm on Friday June 22nd and will run across Melbourne tram lines for three months. People can find the tram by entering 3009 in the MyTram section of the tramTRACKER app.