|PCYC chief executive officer Dominic Teakle, Northern Beaches Council administrator Dick Persson and PCYC youth commander Supt David Scrimgeour.
The following is an extract from a feature published over the weekend by the Manly Daily celebrating the impending opening of PCYC Northern Beaches.
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IN a matter of months, the Police Citizens Youth Club at Dee Why will open, almost exactly 80 years to the day after the PCYC movement was established to provide young people with a safe and positive alternative to the streets.
And long before the State Government mentioned council mergers, the PCYC at Dee Why was always going to be called PCYC Northern Beaches.
What makes the PCYC at Dee Why special to the movement is that it’s being built during the 80th anniversary of the movement in Australia
PCYC spokesman Michael Blaxland said the club at Dee Why, which will be officially opened on May 12 by NSW Governor David Hurley, will always be “an important and significant club” because of the timing of its opening so close to its anniversary.
He also said it was the first of a new generation of PCYCs, as evidenced by its distinctive design.
And while the PCYC movement began as an organisation for young boys, since the 1970s it’s been for both genders and for all ages.
“It’s not just for young people — our programs range from KinderGym for 18-month-olds to gentle exercise for seniors,” Mr Blaxland said.
“The programs are for all people on the northern beaches of all ages, not just 12- to 18-year-olds.”