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July 23, 2024 8:42 PM

Singleton PCYC clocks 55 years

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It has been the district’s home for gymnastics, boxing, basketball and just about any other indoor sport on offer.

Earlier this month, the Singleton PCYC celebrated its 55th year of operation.

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Life governors Col Macdonald and Kath Pearce invited to cut the Singleton PCYC’s 55t birthday cake by club manager Dave Andrews.

Singleton PCYC club manager was kind enough to share the iconic centre’s early history with our readers:

The PCYC (known back then in 1965 as the Federation of Police and Citizens Boys Clubs) formally took possession of the buildings formally known as the Singleton and District National Fitness Youth Centre on Saturday 8th May 1965.

This was the culmination of an idea that had been germinated in 1952, with PCYC Life Governor Ock Hatherly being a staunch advocate of the handover.

There had obviously been some opposition to the handover as it had taken 13 years to eventuate, and according to the Singleton Argus, Cr Marshall was still voicing his concerns on the day of the handover.

But Police Superintendent Mabbutt (Acting Federation President) noted during his acceptance speech on the day that, “the Federation was the parent body of the organisation, but the Club still belonged to the town”

A management Committee was formed and held their first meeting on Tuesday 20th July 1965.

A subsequent meeting on August 23 determined that the Official Opening would be on 13 September 1965.

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