In Australia, the YMCA is made up of 19 Member Associations supporting over 741 communities in the areas of Healthy Living, Empowering Young People and Social Impact. Wherever the Y is, we strive to make a positive difference by providing each and every person opportunity to be healthy, happy and connected. We have over 12,000 staff across the country and around 4,000 volunteers, who are the backbone of the YMCA. Each year we record 30 million participations in our programs and services across the country! The majority of these are in the healthy living space – with 20 million participations in our health clubs and 4.3 M swimming lessons a year! Just over 1 million participations are recorded in our youth specific programs and another 1 million in our camping programs. And we have almost 3 million participations in our children’s services including kindergartens, early learning centres, outside school hour’s care and vacation care.
The Skate Park Leagues is the main national program from YMCA Action Sports. YMCA Action Sports (YAS) is a not-for-profit social enterprise that specializes in the innovation, development and delivery of programs and events relating to action sports across Australia. YAS currently manages the Skate Park Leagues, the Australian Skateboarding League, along with offering clinics, other competitions, skate park activations and other action sport based events and programs.
Since 1996, the YMCA has been managing skate parks and for the past 20 years, the YMCA has invested in YAS to build and support the Australian action sports community. Thanks to YMCA’s support, along with working with many other like-minded organisations, YAS is able to train, employ and empower young people so they can deliver action sport events across Australia.