PCYC Goulburn has been recognized for their positive contribution to the community with a visit from Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott and Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman on Friday.

The aim of the visit was to support the PCYC’s Fit for Life program which is connecting with young people facing challenges at home or school. The club has 23 young men and 11 young women registered for the program, aged from 11 to 16-years-old.

The program collects participants up from their home early in the morning where they then participate in boxing training at the club alongside Police Officers, with mentors and volunteers, before having a healthy breakfast together and being driven to school.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said since 2011, a record investment of close to $80 million in State Government funding has been committed towards PCYC club infrastructure, programs and staff across NSW.

“This Government is committed to investing in our youth and police to build a stronger community.

“Seeing how these funds have been put to work in Goulburn PCYC was time well spent. I encourage all the young people involved in this organisation to use the time wisely and go on to bigger and better endeavours,” Mr Elliot said.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the Fit for Life program is promoting wonderful benefits for Goulburn’s young people.

“Fit for Life is not only encouraging young people to get active in life, it is also promoting the development of relationships with the local Police and of course to attend school.

Mark Croker, Club Manager of PCYC said “The majority of young people involved are referred to the program by the Department of Education and Family and Community Services. We are also building partnerships with 23 Government and non-Government agencies, who are involved in the program.

“We’ve got 49 volunteers assisting in the delivery of the program who came together to produce last month’s Youth Week event that reached 500 young people.

Fit for Life in Goulburn has seen significant success and as a result, will be developed for Yass in the coming months.