Member for Watson Tony Burke today announced support to install new rubber matt flooring for the Martial Arts and Boxing Gym at the PCYC in Belmore.

Mr Burke said today’s announcement would ensure the safety of PCYC members, coaches and visiting patrons in one of the most utilised rooms at the club.

“PCYC Belmore is a hub of community activity,” Mr Burke said. “You can’t learn martial arts without knowing sometimes you’re going to hit the ground; this will help make sure kids get straight back up and enjoy their time.”

Club Manager, Andrew Shenouda, said the martial arts programs were some of the most popular offered by the Club.

“This new flooring is important in providing safety for everyone who attends our activities,” Mr Shenouda said “With it there will be more opportunities for greater participation, better activities and higher demand for the Club as a community asset.”

PCYC Belmore has served the Canterbury region since 1955, offering a range of activities including martial arts, boxing, basketball, music and a traffic offender’s intervention program.

The Watson Stronger Communities Programme provides grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to local not-for-profit community groups for small capital projects.

Last year the Watson Consultation Committee, managers of the program, approved 18 projects in the local area. Around $150,000 is expected to be announced in community grants throughout this year.