TASMANIAN ASSOCIATION OF PCYC INC.
About the Launceston PCYC
The Launceston Police and Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) was founded in 1946 and was initially established as a boys club catering for boys who had lost their fathers as a result of the Second World War. The club is the second oldest PCYC within Australia.
The Launceston PCYC has operated from several premises within the Launceston area before settling at its current location at 146 Abbott St, Newstead in 1968. The premises were previously utilised as the Alexander Tennis Racket factory.
The philosophy of the Launceston PCYC is to provide the community as a whole, while particularly catering towards youth, with the opportunity to participate in healthy activities or art, whilst in a safe and supervised environment. The PCYC aims to expose young people to positive role models and thus forges a link between Police and the broader community. The opportunity to participate is provided at a well below market cost so as to be affordable to all members of the community regardless of their socio-economic means.
This philosophy is reinforced in the stated objectives in both the constitution and business plan of the Launceston PCYC. Accordingly, the Launceston PCYC vigorously attempts to gain funding from grants, sponsorship and other fundraising activities to facilitate keeping membership and participation costs to a minimum.
The Launceston PCYC currently offers activities such as gymnastics, trampolining, martial arts, weights gym, youth theatre, kindergym, eightball, table tennis and basketball. The club also runs after school and vacation care for children aged between 5-12 years. Several community ‘in house’ and outreach programs are also run by the Launceston PCYC, aiming to provide extra recreational opportunities for disadvantaged or ‘at risk’ youth.
The club is currently run by a ten person board of management and two full time serving Police Officers. The Launceston PCYC enjoys a unique and enviable reputation and standing within the Northern Tasmanian community, derived from over 50 years service to the public.