Basketball courts repairs at St Kilda Police and Citizens Youth Club (St Kilda PCYC) will now be undertaken following a $52,000 grant by the Napthine Government.
The repairs will improve the safety at the courts which have had very little maintenance since they were built in 1973.
Member for Caulfield David Southwick MP, welcomed the investment.
“The St Kilda PCYC continue to be a strong leader in our community in assisting youth and encouraging people to be more active, more often,” Mr Southwick said.
“This funding will assist the great work performed by the St Kilda PCYC and their dedicated team in engaging with young people and creating a more active community.”
Clem Newton-Brown MP, Member for Prahran said repairs to the basketball court would be a great benefit for kids who currently use the court as well as encouraging more young people to participate in a range of activities held on the site including basketball, hip hop lessons and drama classes.
“The St Kilda PCYC was founded in 1947 and over the years has evolved to include a diverse range of activities for all ages in the community while still maintaining a focus on being an encouraging and supportive space for young people,” Mr Newton-Brown said.
“In particular, the St Kilda PCYC Youth Outreach Service has been helping to engage young people on the Horace Petty housing estate in South Yarra several nights of the week as part of an early intervention youth crime prevention program. This includes encouraging young people to be involved in a number of activities such as playing team sports.”
“Our kids living on the housing estates are often at a greater risk of disengaging from school and becoming involved in anti-social behaviour that has serious long term effects for their future. Playing a team sport has significant positive effects for young people. Health benefits aside, it is great for boosting confidence, making new friends and learning how to work cooperatively as a team with others,” Mr Newton-Brown said.
Photo (L-R): David Southwick MP, Member for Caulfield and Clem Newton-Brown MP, Member for Prahran