Lake Macquarie Police Citizens Youth Club today officially opened its refurbished gymnastics room and amenities, upgraded through a Commonwealth Government grant of $104,624 under the Community Sport Infrastructure Program.
Speaking at the official opening, Federal Member for Shortland Pat Conroy said he was pleased to have supported Lake Macquarie PCYC in its application for funding and impressed with the new facilities.
“Lake Macquarie PCYC is so important to the youth of our area, particularly to those in the Windale and Gateshead area who live close by,” Mr Conroy said.
“I congratulate PCYC staff and volunteers, police, the Rotary Clubs of Belmont and Charlestown, and members of the community who support this great organisation.
“PCYC Lake Macquarie brings significant social benefits to our area. Its work to increase sport and support program participation, especially of at-risk young people and those who are marginalised and socioeconomically disadvantaged, is vital.
“I spoke to a family today in which three generations had made use of the PCYC. And I met a group of young people taking part in the “Fit For Work” program, which gives them entry-level qualifications to make them job-ready.”
The official opening was attended by Senior Sergeant Ed Beazley and Bede Humphries from Juvenile Justice, two-time world super middle weight champion boxer Sakio Bika, PCYC Lake Macquarie, Hunter and NSW representatives, and members of Belmont and Charlestown Rotary clubs.