PCYC Hawkesbury supports region's youth

OPEN DAY: Mayor Barry Calvert and Hawkesbury Jets players with representatives from NSW Police and the State Government.
OPEN DAY: Mayor Barry Calvert and Hawkesbury Jets players with representatives from NSW Police and the State Government.

PCYC Hawkesbury opened in July this year with the aim of delivering a broad range of youth and community activities and support in partnership with NSW Police.

PCYC stands for Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW and the organisation as a whole was founded in 1937.

Manager David Zammit said the Hawkesbury club was established to provide much needed youth facilities and support in the area.

With the help of Rotary, NSW Police, local MPs and Hawkesbury Council government funding was obtained to establish the club in South Windsor.

Mr Zammit said PCYC Hawkesbury was the community's largest indoor sporting precinct.

There is a six-court stadium which caters for a range of programs to suit all ages including futsal, basketball, netball, badminton and volleyball.

In partnership with the NSW Police, the club offers a safe environment for its members to participate in a wide range of activities and community programs.

"Our unique partnership with NSW Police aims to foster positive relationships between police and the community," Mr Zammit said.

"The NSW Police RISE UP strategy - which was developed by the NSW Police Commissioner - aims to build youth engagement with education, employment opportunities and community support in order to divert them from the criminal justice system."

Mr Zammit said one example was the "Fit for Change" program which features a range of strategies including developmental crime prevention, positive relationships, support networking, cognitive behavioural sessions, healthy lifestyles, and a pre-employment skills course which involves resume and budget preparation, reading skills and obtaining first aid and white card certificates.

"We are a not-for-profit that focuses on providing services that contribute back to the community with the aim of having a long term and positive impact," he said.

"What I enjoy most about working within the Hawkesbury is the feeling of being in a tight-knit community where everybody looks after each other. People have been very welcoming to PCYC Hawkesbury and embraced the change with open arms."

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