Kids get cycling

2017-12-12 06:00

Active Bodies Sports Development, previously known as Team Spartans Development Cycling Club, is hitting the road to ensure youth in underprivileged communities participate in its development programmes.

The cycling club was established in 2011 and is dedicated to promoting cycling in the Western Cape.

Group captain Abbas Harris says the members focuse on and support the development of young and aspiring cyclists from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Most important is the introduction of cycling and sporting activities to the communities to keep the kids off the street.

“In the past six years, we have supported and enabled several top cyclists from previously disadvantaged areas in the Boland to gain podium positions in cycle events,” he says.

“Two years ago, the team changed its focus to grassroots level and introduced 25 kids from, amongst others, local soccer club Greenhaven Spurs FC on the Cape Flats to the Cape Town Cycle Tour. This was repeated the following year.”

Harris says the team is recognised by the Pedal Power Association of South Africa and works with children and schools in gang-ridden suburbs.

The team also visited Bellmore Primary School in Hanover Park and helped introduce cycling to the learners.

“As part of working towards sustainable solutions, Spine Road High School, with 1500 school kids on the edge of Tafelsig in Mitchell’s Plain, were given bicycles as part of the programme to enable cycling as a sport code at the school and in the community,” says Harris.

Last year and this year a few schoolchildren from Hanover Park, Manenberg, Athlone and surrounding areas were taken on an outing to the Coronation Double Century, the largest team time trial in South Africa, where they spent time with semi-pro riders.

Harris says the idea behind this was to inspire the youth to dream big.

“We have secured funding for one primary school and high school to be introduced to the cycling programme. We also intend taking 40 kids from the Cape Flats to the Cape Town Cycle Tour next year,” he says. V Continued on page 2.

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