Manager's plans to diversify

EXPECT to see more and more of Taree PCYC as the centre's new manager leads a push for the wider community to embrace the longstanding community organisation.

Adrian Lee-Archer stepped into his new role as club manager in February but admitted he'd done his research before applying for the position.

"Taree PCYC is one of the premier gymnastics clubs in NSW, we're right up there at the top," he said.

"I want to see this club diversify so that we're at the top for a range of services."

Adrian assumed the role following four years in the employment services industry, particularly disability employment services, but admitted that he had felt quite burnt out and was looking for a change.

"I wanted a new change and this was a great opportunity," he said.

Adrian has lead a somewhat "nomadic" life that has taken him all over the world, including a five year stint that saw he and his wife manage a 450 year old castle in Scotland, for a "wealthy Russian".

"We've had an interesting life," he laughed.

Adrian has three main objectives in his new role that include upgrades to the PCYC facility, diversifying and expanding the services on offer, and raising the profile of the centre.

"This is the community's asset and I really want to see it used to its potential and for people to know what we are and what we do," he added.

Adrian said he has a great affinity with youth that stems from work with Scouts, and hopes to build up strong relationships in the community through his new role.

His first major event as club manager is the upcoming, annual Time 4 Kids fundraiser that is run nationwide by PCYC during Youth Week.

This years T4K will happen on April 10 and 11 and has always had strong support from the Manning community in the past.

"It's a great initiative and one that I'm looking forward to driving this year," said Adrian.

"I'm hoping to use the funding from this year's event to put towards resurfacing our basketball courts, but we'll need some extra assistance for that."

Securing funding and grants is another of Adrian's focus areas, to ensure that the facilities grow, along with the PCYC's popularity.

He is also looking for 11 community members to come forward for a voluntary committee.

"We have been running without a voluntary committee but it's an integral and important part of a PCYC so I'm looking for 11 community members to help form one here," said Adrian.

The volunteers will be on committee for the next 15 months, in the lead up to the first election in June 2015, with two youth members required, aged under 25.

"I'm hoping to have everyone in place for our first meeting to happen mid-April."

In the meantime, anyone wanting to take part in this year's Time 4 Kids fundraiser, that will see community members 'locked up' in a mock jail in the CBD, where a minimum of $500 is needed for bail, should contact Taree PCYC.

"People can volunteer or businesses can nominate employees even employers, and we've had some people offer to pay to keep the participants in the cell," he laughed.

Further information can be found at time4kids.org.au

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