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City in the Community (CITC) – the foundation proudly supported by Melbourne City FC – was officially registered as a charity in November 2015, with a ceremonial launch event at Melbourne’s Parliament House. Celebrating the Club’s ongoing commitment to the Victorian community, CITC’s primary objective is to develop and grow the Club’s existing football programs to create positive social impact within the community.

Established in 2010 in the year of the Club’s foundation, the community outreach program has engaged with over 500,000 young Victorians using the power of football to promote health, education and leadership development and create safe community spaces.

City in the Community also aims to forge closer links between the football club and the local Victorian community, with social responsibility an essential part of the fabric of Melbourne City.

Projects such as Cityzens Giving, City at Work and the Young Leader training allow the Club to engage and empower a variety of groups from local communities.

Globally, the City Football Foundation uses the power of football to address five social issues:

  1. Social inclusion

  2. Health

  3. Education

  4. Unemployment

  5. Crime Prevention

We work with CITC in Manchester City FC and New York City FC on the Cityzens Giving program. Cityzens Giving is a global fund supporting youth-led charity football projects, with fans deciding how the grants are allocated. The Melbourne program “I Speak Football” is a social inclusion football program for young people newly arrived in Australia.

Some of our key programs include:

  • Young Leader training

  • I Speak Football

  • CALD Carers is an innovative new project funded by VicHealth aimed at getting culturally and linguistically diverse carers active and connecting them with the club.

  • Walking Football is a program for older adults aimed at keeping them active and playing football.

  • Welcome to Football is a football program to ensure youth newly arrived in Australia feel supported and included. This program is supported by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

  • Free School Holiday programs

  • Disability programs including Powerchair Football and Blind Football supported by the Westpac Foundation

  • City in the Community Week

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