The Collingwood Knights Football Club participates in the Victorian Reclink Australian Football League. Participants face varying challenges in their lives, including homelessness, mental health issues, unemployment and drug and alcohol abuse. Our vision is to create a platform for a positive future by providing a means for social connection, improved health and wellbeing and access to support services. Established in 2008 with five players, the Collingwood Knights has since provided over 200 participants with an opportunity to improve their social, physical and mental health outcomes. The club’s motto ‘more than just footy’ encapsulates the value and holistic nature of the program.
Our home at Victoria Park creates a hub for participants of diverse cultural backgrounds from all over Melbourne. The inclusive nature of the club caters to individuals facing barriers to participation in mainstream football clubs, including financial, behavioural or social issues. We train and play on alternating Wednesdays, with off-season activities outside of the football season. Through our partnerships with Victoria Police, Headspace Collingwood, and Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) participants are provided with support and access to services. We’re run solely through volunteers and the donations from partnerships and local businesses.