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Singleton PCYC funding packs a punch

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Young people in the Upper Hunter will have even more opportunities to play sport and extra support to develop valuable life skills.

That’s all thanks to the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).

One of the major beneficiaries of the latest funding round was the Singleton PCYC, which secured $156,090 to continue and expand its popular Friday Afternoon Fun Disability Sport and Support Program.

“I’ve seen first-hand the profound effect the initiative has had on locals,” club manager David Andrews said.

“It’s helped them build resilience and confidence, which improves their mental health and wellbeing.

“As well, it allows youngsters to develop a great sense of community spirit and connection, while getting fit and having fun.

“We’re humbled to be a recipient of the SCCF to provide opportunities for the youth in Singleton.”

NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the government was investing in the next generation of locals.

“I’m proud this grant will deliver fit-for-purpose, modified equipment so that every child can have greater access to sport and fitness activities,” the Minister for Police and Minister for Regional NSW added.

“PCYC is also expanding its offerings to include job readiness training, youth-led community events, holiday programs and workshops, as well as bringing in specialist educators and mentors to talk to young people.”

Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell admitted it was important to invest in similar projects to help make the region an even better place to call home.

“Stronger Country Communities Fund has been a game-changer in the Singleton area, delivering projects like upgrades to Singleton Swimming Pool and Singleton Rugby Club,” he said.

“The Singleton PCYC has a proud 55-year history of delivering activities for the local community.

“So, we understand the vital role that these inclusive and accessible groups play in creating connection and building skills and wellbeing for local youth.”

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