Young people on the Mid North Coast will be given the skills they need to live well and get back on track with PCYC Coffs Harbour to offer a fun new ‘Fit for Life’ morning exercise program funded by the NSW Nationals in Government.

Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor and Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh visited Coffs Harbour PCYC to announce $130,000 from the Stronger Country Communities Fund for the project.

Mrs Taylor said the program would be staffed by experts and give disadvantaged youth aged 10 to 17 a strong start to their day that included exercise, a shower, a healthy breakfast, a healthy packed lunch and a ride to school aboard a new Fit for Life bus.

“This fantastic initiative sets young people from the region up to have the best start to their day under the excellent care of mentors,” Mrs Taylor said.

“We know that a healthy breakfast and exercise are so important when it comes to being ready to face a long day at school or work and these are things that all young people in NSW should have access to, no matter where they call home.

“This is a great example of the kind of youth project this round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund was designed to deliver – projects that help young people get work or an education, support the local economy and make communities more connected and fun.”

Mr Singh congratulated PCYC Coffs Harbour on the Fit for Life program and said it is one of more than 250 youth-focused projects worth more than $50 million funded by the NSW Nationals in Government program.

“The Stronger Country Communities Fund delivers projects and programs that have a great impact on everyday life and we have already seen that over the past two years with many projects funded across the Coffs Coast,” Mr Singh said.

“PCYC Coffs Harbour already do a great job and this fantastic new Fit For Life program will be another way the club helps to ensure our young people are active and engaged, teaching skills that they will carry though their lives.”

“The whole state is receiving more great initiatives like this for both for the wider community and specifically for local youth. Watch out Coffs Harbour, there is more to come.”