On Thursday 18 April, Fairfield Outreach held a three versus three basketball tournament as part of Youth Week.
Our young people had a fantastic day playing amongst PCYC workers, making new friends and keeping active.
The day followed a week full of activities to help celebrate Youth Week where the nation is asked to come together to raise much needed awareness for issues of child and youth homelessness.
Craig Steele, manager of Fairfield Outreach, said the turn out and overall atmosphere for the day was amazing.
“The response that we’ve had from local services and young people in the area that have turned up today has been amazing,” said Craig.
“We were only expecting about 12 teams but ended up with 20 registered teams which just goes to show the passion for basketball in the LGA. We run a local outreach at the park next door every week and due to the exposure from there, the PCYC and from the other services here today we have ended up with a great turn out and have all had an awesome day. “
Youth worker at Cabramatta PCYC, Mark, said it’s been an important day for youth in the community to engage with local workers and services.
“It’s really good to see a lot of kids here getting active and getting involved for Youth week,” said Mark. “It’s been good involving the police as well as it gives young people that opportunity to engage with these officers, showing them a completely different side to policing.”
The hard work the kids put in was rewarded with a barbeque lunch provided by the Cabramatta PCYC.
Through positive diversionary programs such as events like these, our Outreach teams can continue to connect and engage with young people who need support.