Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and the NSW Police Force have joined together to launch a new Fit For Life program on the Northern Beaches.
Launched on Tuesday at Northern Beaches PCYC, Dee Why, the Fit for Life program is aimed at developing confidence, life skills and positive influences through mental and physical well-being activities.
Twenty-one students from Pittwater High School were joined by Sea Eagles NRL player Brad Parker and Manly Pathways players Cameron Brown, Latu Fainu, and Samuela Fainu, for a morning fitness session before heading to school.
As a Northern Beaches local, it’s great to see there is a safe place for the young kids to hopefully become better versions of themselvesBrad Parker
“We have missed these types of community engagements because of Covid over the past couple of years."
Pittwater High Deputy Principal, Carol Roulston, said it was great to have the Sea Eagles involved in the program.
"Pittwater High School has been associated with PCYC for four years now. Every Tuesday, I bring students to Dee Why to participate in this valuable program,'' Roulston said.
"The students thoroughly enjoy seeing the players, who they look up to as community role models.
"Over the years the students who have participated have engaged with getting scholarships, apprenticeships, and advice from the Police who run the program.”
Sea Eagles Elite Pathways Manager, Kristie Fulton, said the club was proud to be behind the program.
"The Sea Eagles have a long-standing association with the Northern Beaches PCYC through the work of our Careers Coach, Glenn Moore, so it's a natural extension for us to partner on this initiative and involve players across all levels of the club,'' Fulton said.
“Our partnership not only supports local youth but it also benefits our players as they are actively contributing to their local community in a valued way by imparting their knowledge and experience as athletes to help guide young men and women."
PCYC Chief Executive Officer, Dominic Teakle, said the new partnership with sporting codes would strengthen Fit For Life programs and help put a stop to young people making poor choices.
“Through physical fitness, nutrition and social engagement, Fit For Life aims to improve overall well-being as well as prevent and divert youth from offending behaviours,” Teakle said.
NSW Police Force Inspector, Carlene Mahoney, was pleased with the program's launch on the Northern Beaches.
“We are excited that other sporting codes are also joining our program and we look forward to more clubs including, the AFL, Cricket NSW, NSW Rugby and A-Leagues soccer," Mahoney said.
"This will allow the partnership to spread across NSW and run at metropolitan, regional and remote PCYC locations, enabling the project to reach youth across all of NSW”.
Learn more about the Fit For Life program