New Wagga Wagga PCYC opens on Crown land
The Riverina town of Wagga Wagga now has a new $23 million multi-purpose PCYC club following a grand opening on 25 November.
The NSW and Federal government’s each contributed $10 million and Wagga Wagga City Council $3 million for the 10,000 square metre multifaceted sports facility.
NSW Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said the new home for Wagga Wagga’s PCYC is on Crown land and is made available through a lease.
“It’s fantastic to see Crown land supporting outstanding community facilities and encouraging healthy lifestyles through PCYC, which is one of NSW’s leading not-for-profits,” Mr Anderson said.
The new club is PCYC NSW’s largest development to date and includes four full-size multi use sports courts in a naturally lit 3,200 square-metre sports hall.
Community facilities include studios for martial arts, boxing, dance and yoga, a public café, conference and meeting facilities, an out-of-school-hours-care centre, a youth drop-in hub and over 100 under cover parking spots.
Older residents will be supported with gentle movement sports, exercise programs and activities such as pickleball.
The club will offer a driver education program, extensive school holiday activities, various court sports for both adults and youth, amongst many programs and activities available.
PCYC CEO Dominic Teakle said well-run and supervised sports activities provide a vehicle for young people to keep active, build a sense of teamwork and find a sense of belonging.
“But it’s not just about sport. The multifunctional spaces facilitate social, creative, and educational programs and activities which develop life changing skills and resilience for young people,” Mr Teakle said.
The new club will also maintain the PCYC mission to empower disengaged and disadvantaged young people to reach their potential through Police and community partnerships.
Programs will work with at-risk youth on crime prevention, vocational education, youth capacity building and social responsibility programs.