City Football Group's global community initiative has returned for a fourth consecutive year as we again ask fans to make a difference to the lives of people around the world.
CFG and its partners have pledged $650,000 to the campaign, which will fund community football projects delivered by inspiring young leaders who are attempting to tackle pressing societal issues.
It’s up to City fans in Manchester, New York and Melbourne to decide how this funding is allocated between six projects and we are calling on you to vote for the cause which inspires you the most.
Head to www.cityzensgiving.org/melbourne to see the projects and vote today!
Melbourne City’s Homework Club runs on Tuesday afternoons for Grade 5 and 6 students from local primary schools, giving them the opportunity to have afternoon tea and socialise with their friends before settling down to complete their homework tasks.
With the help of our volunteer tutors, the club assists students with their homework and reading - either in small groups or a 1-on-1 session - with 20 enrolments in the program so far.
The second half of the session sees the group heads outside to take part in a structured, fun and safe session run by City in the Community coaches. Students learn new football skills and compete in small-sided games against fellow members.
Melbourne City Head of Community Sue Crow said the program has brought fun to one of school’s tedious tasks.
“The Homework Club has not only been a fantastic opportunity to engage with our local community through football but also help with their schooling as well,” Crow said.
“Participants range from those who have come from disadvantaged backgrounds to those with English as their second language.
“We hope to roll out the Homework Club in more locations with the help of Cityzens Giving and we’re excited to continue to deliver this program.”
Young Leaders Training Program
The Club is once again holding another three-day Young Leaders Training Program at CFA Melbourne, designed to inspire and empower young individuals to tackle social issues in the wider community.
The program will be led by community coaches and will consist of a mixture of classroom activities and practical football sessions.
- Date: Tuesday 16th January - Friday 19th January
- Time: 9am-5pm everyday
- Cost: Free
- Attendance is essential everyday
- Location: City Training Academy, 2 Crissane Road, Bundoora
Please send expressions of interest to Annabel Finch at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 15th December.
City in Community raffle
City in the Community volunteers and staff will be selling raffle tickets during the next three home matches.
There are some fabulous prizes to be won, including the opportunity to walk out with the players at the Melbourne Derby on March 4, First Touch tickets to the Derby, a signed Melbourne City jersey and a Fitbit Charge, with all proceeds going to the CITC programs.
Clayton North Primary School
CITC Week was off to a flying start on Monday as City in the Community coaches delivered a clinic at Dandenong North Primary School.
Grade 5 and 6 students were treated to a range of football activities including some hotly-contested small sided games. We’ll be heading to Dandenong next week for the second week of the program.
Dandenong North Primary School
City in the Community coaches were out running their final clinic of a three-week program at Clayton North Primary School.
The last session saw students take part in a football tournament, showcasing the new skills students have learned in the two previous clinics, including our disability awareness program.
Clinics and events
We would like to thank the MiniRoos and junior players from the following City Clubs who have participated during our match day activations.
- Glen Eira FC
- Rosebud Heart FC
- Manningham United
- Doveton SC
- Bendigo Amateur Soccer League (BASL)
- Mornington SC
- Ringwood City FC
- Bundoora United
- Brighton SC
- Glen Waverley SC
- Williamstown SC
- North Caulfield JFC
- Eltham Redbacks
- Geelong FFV
- Melbourne City’s community coaches worked with the Victorian Churches Football Association to run clinic for over 80 girls as a ‘come and try’ event to grow female participation across the league. The event was held at the Knox Regional Football Centre
- The Club held clinics at William Ruthven Secondary College to 75 Year 7 and 8 students, CBC St.Kilda High School to 110 Year 7 and 8 students and Western English Language School to 80 students from a range of different backgrounds.
- Premier Schools Cup boy’s winners CRC Sydenham participated in a champions parade on AAMI Park prior to our home match against Sydney FC with St Monica’s collage also celebrated for their feat in the women’s competition.