See what Melbourne City FC have been up to in the community over the past week with the launch of the Yarra Pathways Program.
Yarra Pathways program
Yarra Pathways is a joint initiative between Melbourne City FC and the City of Yarra to engage 24 local boys (mainly from African and Afghan backgrounds) in a weekly football program aiming to help young men become better footballers as well as better people. The program is run at Atherton Gardens in Fitzroy and is led by Frank McGrellis. The boys will be given opportunities to hear from Melbourne City FC coaches and players, visit training and attend matches. The intention is to link the boys into local clubs that will encourage their integration into Australian society.
Visit by Tom Pitchon
Tom Pitchon, the Director of City Football Foundation, visited Melbourne last week to learn about the 'City in the Community' football programs, meeting all staff at the Club who support the initiative. Tom and Sue Crow, Head of Community at Melbourne City FC, worked on the strategic plan for CITC while also meeting key personnel from the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) who will be running the 'I Speak football' 2015 Melbourne 'Cityzens Giving' program. Tom also attended the launch of the Yarra Football Pathways program for youth in the City of Yarra and spent time with the Game Development Officers, Louisa Bisby and Simon Zappia.
City Football Academy, Melbourne, Community Pitches
Students from John Fawkner College and Charles La Trobe College participated in football activities on the Community Pitches at the launch of City Football Academy, Melbourne. Led by Game Development Officers Louisa Bisby and Simon Zappia, the Melbourne City School of Football team from John Fawkner College, the Girls’ football team and primary students from Charles La Trobe College were put through their paces on a beautiful Melbourne morning. Thank you to all for coming along to celebrate the opening of our new home at CFA Melbourne.
Melbourne City FC were delighted to be a part of Moreland Active Week which kicked off on Sunday 22 February. The community team was joined by ambassador Massimo Murdocca as the midfielder conducted a clinic at Clifton park in Brunswick for 35 young boys and girls. Melbourne City would also like to thank John Fawkner College for their support during the clinic.