PCYC Cessnock has been a hive of activity on Friday nights in 2023, with the U-Nites program offering young people free access to all club facilities.

U-Nites regularly draws a crowd of over 100 people, enjoying activities including rock climbing, the indoor skate park, gymnastics, multisports and fitness, plus a free barbecue.

The program started in February thanks to funding from the NSW Government, and was able to continue in Term 4 after the PCYC received $16,378 from Cessnock Leagues Club’s 2023 ClubGRANTS program.

This grant went towards new equipment for the indoor skate park, gymnastics and rock climbing facilities, plus repairs and maintenance.

Among the new equipment is smaller ramps for the skate park, which will provide an opportunity for beginners to learn the fundamentals of skating.

PCYC Cessnock club manager James Frecklington said the ClubGRANTS funding will allow the U-Nites program to continue at no cost to participants, and that the PCYC appreciates the support of Cessnock Leagues Club.

“The U-Nites program plays a crucial role in fostering a positive and enriching environment for young people to connect socially. The young people attending are thrilled that this program is able to continue thanks to ClubGRANTS funding,” he said.

Cessnock Hospitality Group CEO Paul Cousins said the club was pleased to help the PCYC in its efforts to enhance the wellbeing of local young people.

“We are proud to contribute to the U-Nites program and support the Cessnock PCYC in providing a safe and engaging environment for the local youth.”

U-Nites will conclude for this year on Friday, December 15, and will resume on Friday, February 2, 2024.

PCYC Cessnock was one of 16 recipients that received a share of $87,870 in funding from Cessnock Leagues Club’s 2023 ClubGRANTS Category 1 Program, which funds projects, services and programs that benefit the local community, such as welfare and social services, community development, health services and employment assistance.

Applications for the 2024 ClubGRANTS program will open in April.

Meanwhile, applications for Cessnock Leagues Club’s Category 2 funds – including the Cessnock Rural Fire Service Fund, Cessnock Schools Education Fund and Sports & Community Groups Fund – are open year-round, with grants allocated quarterly.