The Tasmanian Association of Police and Community Youth Clubs Inc. (TAPCYC) is a not-for-profit, youth-based, community organisation.
The first PCYC Club opened in Launceston in 1946, with a focus on supporting young people whose fathers had not returned from the battlefields of World War II.Based on the good outcomes at the Launceston Club, PCYCs were opened in Deloraine in 1947 and in Hobart in 1953.
PCYC clubs have since been in operation in many towns around the state and in the early 1980s the Tasmanian Association of Police and Community Youth Clubs Inc. was incorporated as the peak-body for PCYCs in Tasmania.At one point, there was 21 PCYCs offering low-cost sporting and recreational opportunities to their local communities. Today, there are nine affiliated PCYCs currently operating in Tasmania Launceston, Hobart, Bridgewater, Clarence, Burnie, Queenstown, Longford, East Coast and Derwent Valley.
The mission of PCYC in Tasmania is to support the provision of low-cost, positive, sporting, recreational, social and cultural programs in a safe environment, primarily for 'at-risk' and disadvantaged children and youth.The State Association assists its member clubs through providing administration, marketing, human resources, training, fundraising and governance support.
The vision of the TAPCYC is to be widely recognised as a professional provider of quality programs that benefit youth and the greater Tasmanian community.The Association aims to be a significant contributor to a reduction of the involvement of young people in dangerous or anti-social activities, as well as a reduction in the involvement of young people in criminal activity.
By having Tasmania Police officers in each of the clubs, the Association seeks to increase levels of communication, understanding and mutual respect between police, young people and the Tasmanian community.
The TAPCYC also offers sport and recreational opportunities to young people and the wider community, as well as school age care services and gym and fitness facilities through its affiliated clubs.