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PCYC is Australia's leading youth development organisation with 59 clubs & over 54,000 members.

Our Mission is to:

- get young people active in life;

- work with young people to develop their skills, character and leadership; and

- prevent and reduce crime by and against young people

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


   

       

    PCYC HISTORICAL - FIRST OPENING 1937

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The first Police Boys Club opened at Woolloomooloo, Sydney, on 1st April 1937.  Officially known as the Police-Rotary Boys Club, it was set up in a disused Police Station as an initiative of the Rotary Club of Sydney, and the Police Commissioner, William John Mackay. 

The purpose of the Club was to provide a venue where boys could engage in healthy sporting, cultural and recreational pursuits and mix in a safe, non-confrontational environment. 

By the time the Club officially opened on 1 April 1937, it had a membership of 400 boys and facilities including a library with 3000 books, areas for wrestling and physical culture classes, debating, and teams in the rugby league competition.

In July 1937 the founders of the Woolloomooloo Club began the process of bringing together the other clubs and placing them under a central authority. Clubs had been established at Bega, Cooma, Cootamundra, Goulburn, Tamworth, Yass and Young, and moves were afoot to set up Balmain, St George, and Wollongong.
 

 

Opening Day - Woolloomooloo, 1st April 1937

 

 

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Police Commissioner William Mackay arrives.

   
 

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