THE first Police Boys Club opened at Woolloomooloo, Sydney in 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.
This year marks 75 years and celebrations across the state are being planned.
Lithgow is no different except they have secured the funds to bring Lithgow PCYC into the future.
With Lithgow PCYC also celebrating a milestone renovations are well under way after 60 years of opening their doors to local gymnastic enthusiasts as well as boxers, dancers, martial art students, weight lifters and many more sport related activities.
All this has been going on in the same building all these years and with the $450,000 grant from State Government and extra help from PCYC headquarters it will continue in the same popular spot but with a completely new look.
Gone are the leaks in the roof, scratched walls, unreliable electrical issues and a very tired look.
The walls have received a fresh coat of paint and the gymnastics stadium is about to become a permanent fixture so there will be no more packing away and pulling out mats and other gymnastics equipment.
What was once the police officer’s residence and then an activity room for vacation care and after school care will become the new multipurpose room.
It will have concertina doors mid way in the room so the room can be divided for conferences and similar events.
The room will also have mirrors in it for the purpose of dance instructors using the facility to enable them the ability to check dance positions and steps from two sides.
The old drop in centre will be the new police officers office and the drop in centre will be just across the hall in a room currently used for storage.
Table tennis will remain however the weights room will become a fitness room and be permanently set up.
The internet will be connected and computers will have Xboxes or Play Stations set up for the drop in centre as well as other toys and games for children to play before they take on their chosen sport within the centre.
The walls don’t have ears at Lithgow PCYC but they will have eyes when the new cameras are installed so every room will have surveillance and supervision will be at its best.
All this will be completed before the relaunch and open day set down for October 28.
The PCYC will remain open during renovations and Holiday Fun is still on from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday.
All you need is $10, your lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
Activities will change each day so there will be no bored little beings at the PCYC.