There is a robust CSI programme associated with the event, with the main focus being partnering with an accredited NGO. Engaging with the local community means that a number of young volunteers will gain invaluable experience in the eventing industry through a sport education programme. In addition, working with the Western Cape Government, we will assist local candidates to take advantage of a government funded bike mechanic skills development course.
As part of our hospitality offering we have engaged with a local development academy (BMT) to have their guides lead our VIP cycling experience on local trails. We will also work with Stellenbosch Municipality and Stellenbosch University to ensure that the course is maintained year-round to allow the Stellenbosch biking public to enjoy the benefits of a world class route. This will be done through a job creation programme created to employ a team of local individuals who will maintain the World Cup course throughout the year.
We have partnered with Active Communities Network (ACN) as a development/social investment partner to the UCI Mountain World Cup in Stellenbosch. Working together, ACN will provide the opportunity for 10 young community volunteers to complete the ACN Sport Education Programme. The programme involves an accredited sport administration skills programme combined with life skills, entrepreneurship and bike mechanic skills training. As a practical component of the course, the candidates would be tasked with working at the UCI World Cup (and the Absa Cape Epic) across the spectrum of event divisions and will be mentored in dealing with social problems as well as developing their own community-based bike mechanic businesses for longer-term sustainability. Candidates will be selected in partnership with ACN’s network of community partners.