Police and Citizens Youth Club
The Darwin Police and Citizens Youth Club Incorporated began in 1952 when a group of police and civilians decided to recondition an old derelict boarding house and make it suitable for youth club activities.
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Some hard physical work ensued, such as scrubbing, wall demolishing, and altering and rebuilding of parts of the original building. Finance was unobtainable and materials could be procured only by using cast off bits and pieces from various government buildings, which were gradually being brought back into reasonable condition following the War.
The then administrator, Mr F J S Wise, was a strong supporter of the project and many Darwin citizens donated labour, machinery and surplus materials to keep the job moving. The Police and Citizens Youth Club was opened in 1952 by the Administrator.
Over the first 10 years the Club flourished and became integral to the social life of Darwin, particularly for young people and police. However, by 1962 the original building deteriorated to such an extent, despite maintenance, that entirely new premises became necessary. Mr RM Taylor, a local architect, offered his services and late 1962 saw the start of the construction of new premises, which were completed in 1966.
Until 1974 the Club provided 17 activities, including a Pony Club (which began in 1965). There was an overall membership of 950 boys and girls.
From 1974 to 8 October 1976 the Club was non-functional, owing to the severe damage by Cyclone Tracy, which demolished not only our premises but the whole of Darwin.
After this, the first aim of the Club’s committee was to assess the damage to buildings, equipment and stock. What at first seemed an impossible task gradually became a reality, with financial help from Lions International, the Darwin Rotary Club, and the Government.
When the Police, Fire and Emergency Services complex was built at Berrimah in 1985, the Police and Citizens Youth Club moved to its new premises at Berrimah, where it remains today.
The Police and Citizen’s Youth Club has always operated as a non-profit organisation.
The PCYC caters for all members of the family.
For further information about the PCYC, contact the office on 8947 1370 during business hours.
The Gymnastic Club is fully equipped and has an "Olympic" sprung floor, and offer a very cool and breezy environment in which to train. The club is open for business after 3.30 pm Friday and all day Saturday. Class fees vary according to the level of activity. The following programs are currently running:
- Kindergym - from 18 months - 5 years
- General gym - these classes offer fun and imaginative activities for beginners, with emphasis on co-ordination, spacial awareness and physical fitness
- Competative Womens Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) - Female Levels 1 - 10
- Competative Mens Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) - Male Levels 1 - 10
- Display groups
- Sports acrobatics
- Adult general gymnastics
The club employs quality accredited coaching staff. All primary and secondary school groups are welcome, and after-school care coordinators can avail themselves of our excellent facilities. We also provide school holiday programs.
For further enquiries please phone 89471370 after 3.30 pm or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The air-conditioned weight gymnasium is offered to NTPFES members who are PCYC members and have purchased a full membership. Change rooms and toilets are located in the building, which is opposite the swimming pool. This activity is not supervised and person's train at their own risk. Footwear is to be worn and a towel is to be used when training at the gym.
Circuit style and basic Boxing technique class designed for all ages and fitness levels. Our emphasis is on having fun and working hard at the same time.
- Boxercise - Mon / Thur 5.15pm - 6.15pm
- Bootcamp - Tues & Wed 5.15pm - 6.15pm
Lessons cost $3 for PCYC members.
We allow for a trial attendance at a rate of $8 (maximum of 3 attendances) after which attendees have to join up as members.
Contacts: Sharmini Edwards, Roshini Wilson or Neil McDade on 8922 3543 during business hours.
Powerbar classes involve using a weighted bar to music. It uses individual muscle groups and is a workout for the entire body. Moves are not high impact, thus allowing anyone to participate. See table above for times.
Brasilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)
BJJ is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting.
It teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique—most notably by applying throws, joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person.
Brasilian Jiu Jitsu can be trained for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self defense . Sparring (commonly referred to as 'rolling') and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through grades/belts.
The PCYC BJJ Club is an affiliate under the Australian Federation of Brasilian Jiu Jitsu (AFBJJ) and belongs to the Peter de Been – Gracie Barra Australia 100% Jiu Jitsu Team.
BJJ Classes are available Seniors, Teens and Children –
All classes are held at the PCYC Martial Arts & Gymnastic Facility which is located on Vanderlin Drive, Berrimah (adjacent to the Peter McAulay Centre, Police Complex).
Traditional Shotokan Karate
The Traditional Shotokan Karate Federation (TSKF) is a body that teaches Karate as Practiced by the founder of Modern Karate.
The emphasis is on self defence within a Traditional setting with a strong emphasis on Etiquette and Respect.
It is an ideal way to learn self defence while improving fitness and flexibility and meeting new people.
Karate primarily uses strikes and kicks as a vehicle to self defence.
TSKF Clubs exist across Australia and New Zealand and the body is affiliated to the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF).
Classes cater to Children, teens and Adults in a mixed environment.
Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 6 p.m. The Venue for training is the PCYC Martial Arts and Gymnastic Facility on Vanderlin Drive Berrimah.
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact sport and self defense system that incorporates a wide variety of fighting techniques and skills ranging from boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and BJJ.
The rules allow the use of both striking as well as grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground. Such competitions allow martial artists of different backgrounds to compete.
The PCYC MMA Club trains under the Alpha MMA Curriculum which is nationally & internationally considered as ‘best practice’ in Mixed Martial Arts training.
MMA Classes are only available to Seniors (15 years and above) at this stage – see timetable for details.
Contact Des Green 0405 147 214.
For further information on any of the above activities telephone 08 8947 1370, (Monday to Friday between 8 am and 4 pm), or e-mail email@example.com.
Postal address: PCYC, PO Box 38580, Winnellie NT 0821.