PCYC Goulburn are one of the first clubs to introduce the new youth program ‘Fit for Life’ for 10 to 17-year olds from various backgrounds.
The program is an entry level activity using boxing, incidental education and mentoring to encourage disengaged and at risk young people to connect with PCYC NSW and re-engage with schools in a youth friendly, physically and culturally safe environment.
Police and other positive adult mentors will provide both physical fitness and opportunities for one-to-one communication.
“Boxing is a sport where you need resilience and is one young people like,” PCYC activities officer Paul Zucchetto said.
PCYC Goulburn manager Robert Scott is very passionate about helping young people and says the program will help kids concentrate at school.
“It’s very important for kids to be engaged at school,” Mr Scott said.
“This program will pick them up from their homes at 6.30am each day and then someone from the club will drive them to the venue.
“The boxing activities will begin at 7am and afterwards, breakfast will be served.
“At the end, they will be transported to school.
“There’s been a 100 per cent attendance rate at school for those involved so far.”
There are currently over 20 people signed up to the program, but Mr Scott expects those numbers to grow.
Mission Australia is involved and their South Eastern NSW Area Manager Dan Strickland will join in the boxing, but is unsure about his fitness.
“I’ll be taking part in the program as the young people are,” Mr Strickland said.
“Boxing isn’t something I’ve been a part of in the past, so I’ll be learning new skills like the others.
“It will be a challenge getting back into some physical activity, but I’m prepared to be with vulnerable young people that have experienced challenges far greater than me taking on a boxing course.”
The program will focus on traits that are important to the PCYC, which are commitment, resilience, integrity, citizenship and respect.
To join the program, call PCYC Goulburn on 4822 2133 and they will put you through to Youth Case Manager Senior Constable Amanda Thornthwaite.
‘Fit for Life’ in Goulburn begins on October 15.
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