Graduation Day for our UCI MTB World Cup Stellenbosch outreach programme

 The graduates with eta Director Paul Laemmle

The graduates with eta Director Paul Laemmle

 

When Stellenbosch secured the 1stround of the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, the organisers identified the need for a community-based outreach program to ensure that the growth of the sport in previously disadvantaged communities was addressed in some way. 

Enter ACN SA and the recruitment of 8 energetic young student volunteers from the Stellenbosch community. They began a 25 credit sport coaching and sport administration skills program and were involved in the UCI MTB World Cup event for experiential learning and to encourage and support the graduates in teaching basic cycling skills and promoting the sport to community youth wherever possible. 

Eta College provided the accredited training with ACN SA providing wrap around support and non-accredited workshops. The 8 young people from Stellenbosch community were selected in partnership with Cycling SA, BMT Cycles, etaCollege and Endurocad. 

7 of the 8 candidates successfully completed the skills programme graduated today at a community celebration event, however all candidates completed valuable workplace experience at the UCI MTB World Cup.  The graduates were thrilled to receive their hard earned qualifications and spoke eloquently about how the programme has given them opportunities to progress and confidence to apply for work and further experience in the bike industry.  At the event, Nicole Jennings from ACN SA spoke about the importance of local communities engaging with such large events and organisations in terms of raising aspirations and creating work experience opportunities. Paul Laemmle from eta College talked about how much the young people had developed personally and the confidence gained from achieving an accreditation that they can now put to good use. 

This is an annual programme, if you would like further information about how to get involved or support this initiative please contact nicole@activecommunities.org.za

 

 One of the graduates talking at the graduation ceremony about his experiences

One of the graduates talking at the graduation ceremony about his experiences