PORT Stephens is home to two PCYC clubs, one at Raymond Terrace and the other at Nelson Bay.
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The Nelson Bay PCYC reached a milestone this week and celebrated 40 years of delivering youth programs and activities in the Bay.
PCYC NSW is a not-for-profit organisation delivering a broad range of youth and community activities and support.
Founded in 1937, with 66 clubs and centres across the state, PCYC NSW is one of Australia’s leading youth organisations.
The organisation focuses on empowering young people to be the best that they can be through personal development programs in partnership with NSW Police Youth and Crime Prevention Command.
Offering over 15 Youth development programs and over 100 sport, educational, vocational, creative and recreational activities, PCYC clubs are welcoming and accessible reflecting the community they serve by offering classes and programs to suite all ages and lifestyles.
The PCYC at Nelson Bay is not just all about youth.
On arrival at the centre in Nelson Bay, NOTA found a group of older residents enjoying a game of Pickleball.
Meryl Swanson, Member for Paterson, attended the centre to mark the milestone and also indulged in a quick try at Pickleball, which is a fast growing sport that takes elements from a range of sports to create a fun, socially engaging game which delivers some great physical exercise.
Dominic Teakle, Chief Executive Officer of PCYC was in attendance at the centre in Nelson Bay for the celebration of its 40th anniversary. as were members of the community who serve on the committee as volunteers as well as members of the Rotary Club of Raymond Terrace.
Rotary was a part of the founding force behind the launch of PCYC in 1937.
Dominic Teakle told News Of The Area, “Most of our programs are funded by donations and grants, we only get 10% government funding.”
PCYC Life Governor Laurie Toscano told News Of The Area, “I have been involved for 40 years and started teaching gymnastics and I am still involved in the committee.
“We try and get the local kids on the right track and provide a safe place to go,” he said.
Over the years the PCYC has delivered fun activities like Blue Light Discos.
At PCYC Nelson Bay there are plenty of sports activities on the program and membership is affordable.
PCYC is still delivering programs which help get youth off the streets and engaged in positive activities.
They also deliver driver training programs which knock 20 hours off log book hours for L plate drivers.
By Marian SAMPSON