Don Bosco Youth Centre is a joint project by the Salesians of Don Bosco, the Penrith City Council and the Diocese of Parramatta, for the enjoyment of all youth in the area.
Don Bosco (Italian for Father Bosco) is the affectionate name given to Saint* John Bosco, a Catholic priest who worked to educate disadvantaged young boys in the industrial areas of Turin (Italy) during the 19th century. Don Bosco opened up an ‘oratory,’ which served as part trade-school, part boarding house, playground, and parish, where the young boys could learn useful trades, receive food and shelter, enjoy healthy recreation with friends, and grow in their Christian faith.
In the spirit of Don Bosco’s original oratory in Turin, the Don Bosco Youth Centre in St Marys primarily exists to provide young people with a place to enjoy safe and healthy recreation among peers, at no cost. Critical to Don Bosco’s vision is the consistent presence of SDBs and FMAs at every session, who aim to promote an environment of mutual responsibility and friendship through reason, gospel values, and kindness.
Recreational activities made available at each session are: two indoor basketball/soccer/volleyball courts; table tennis, table soccer, and pool tables; four in-ground trampolines; and a full-sized outdoor tennis court (concrete), basketball court, and volleyball court. There is also a carpeted foyer area with a tuck shop selling drinks, snacks, and fresh coffee, with table, chairs, and a large aquarium to sit and relax.