Program Profile: City Strikers

City in the Community makes age no barrier when it comes to football and our City Strikers program with VicHealth brings the world game to everyone.

City Strikers Program Co-ordinator George Halkias runs the program which uses a modified version of the game called walking football to make the game more accommodating for those who may not have the full physical attributes to play the full version of the game.

Skills, drills and games are tailored towards the program which in 2016, saw the average age of participants reach 67 with 77% of those involved being completely inactive before the program.

City Strikers addresses social isolation and inactivity in seniors and brings the program to a range of community organisations and aged care services, working with local governments to improve the health of its residents across the board. It also allows participants to attend matches and take in the full version of the game as City take the field at AAMI Park.

The program is not only tailored to seniors but also those who have experienced brain injury, disability and homelessness, specifically working with Foley House in Footscray.

Are you interested in hosting the City Strikers program within your local community group or aged care service? Contact George Halkias via email to bring the program to you.