PCYC celebrates million dollar refurb
Maitland PCYC now has the capacity to host state and national gymnastics competitions, following the upgrade of the facility and installation of brand new equipment.
Officially opened by Police Minister Troy Grant on Wednesday, the refurbishment comes off the back of a $1 million State Government grant and further $300,000 of PCYC’s own fundraising.
The funding also facilitated work on the multi-purpose sport area, gym, café and façade.
Work was completed over 18 months, and club manager Ian Jack said the feedback had been fantastic.
“We’ve had over 200 new gymnasts join [in that time], so that speaks volumes for itself,” he said.
“Our gym membership has grown by 15 per cent, and we now have five high schools who use the club for their sports programs.”
The growth has also allowed the club to introduce fencing to its sports program, with other offerings already including boxing, archery and basketball.
There are now more than 700 people enrolled in the club’s gymnastics program.
One of those participants is 13-year-old Zayne Sadien, who said he spends most of his time at the club.
“I see a program with free sport and I join,” he said.
“I like the fact that it’s open to anyone, and there’s a lot of programs to join so if you’re not happy with that one you can find another.
“I’ve made quite a few friends in the artistic gymnastics team, and also with kids who come for other sports.”
Maitland PCYC opened as the Police Citizens Boys Club in 1952.