Melbourne City FC's City in the Community team have kept busy over the past fortnight, bringing plenty of football fun to our local community.
A successful term of UBTECH Robotics
Melbourne City combined with UBTECH robotics to help teach 10-12-year-old Melbournians computer coding skills using a unique mix of programable robots and their love of football.
In term 1, the City robots program visited six schools with the aim to use football as a platform to introduce digital technology and coding for students in years five and six. The aim of the program was to deliver a six-week program using UBTECH Jimu Robotics kits. Students looked at the importance of understanding and learning about technology, as well as participating in physical activity.
Each session went for 90 minutes, split into two 45-minute intervals, where sessions were split between technology sessions and playing football related games and drills outdoors. The purpose of this was to showcase the importance of a balanced lifestyle.
City in the Community visited Lower Plenty Primary School, Reservoir Views Primary School, Olympic Village Primary School, Ivanhoe Primary School, Richmond West Primary School and Reservoir West Primary School. During its six-week duration, the program reached over 500 students from a range of diverse backgrounds.
City Sisters Graduation
Paired with Match Works, Melbourne City’s City Sisters program is designed to help young unemployed women find work. The women complete three classroom sessions per week, where they undertake job preparation and job search training, alongside an hour of fun football activities every Tuesday night for seven-weeks.
After a successful seven-week period, the group of women improved their communication, time management, problem-solving, planning and organisational skills as well as learning how to job search and search courses. The program was a success with several group members departing during the seven weeks, having either obtained work or commenced courses in hospitality and customer service.
Young Leaders Training Program returns
A two-day Young Leaders Training Program kicked-off on Monday 8 April at the City Football Academy in Melbourne, to help educate and empower the community's future leaders during the April school holidays.
The two-day program will focuses on community leadership and developing skills and attributes needed to deliver community football programs that address social issues and impact the community. The program covers a range of skills and topics, including mentoring, group dynamics, communication and coaching for social impact.
Young Leaders will build confidence, values and mind-set to lead effectively, and also develop skills in inter-cultural awareness and respect across different backgrounds and cultures.