There was a robust CSI programme associated with the event, with the main focus being partnering with an accredited NGO. Engaging with the local community meant that a number of young volunteers gained invaluable experience in the eventing industry through a sport education programme. In addition, working with the Western Cape Government, we assisted local candidates to take advantage of a government funded bike mechanic skills development course.
As part of our hospitality offering we engaged with a local development academy (BMT) to have their guides lead our VIP cycling experience on local trails. We also continue to work with the 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 is being 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 partnered with Active Communities Network (ACN) as a development/social investment partner to the UCI Mountain World Cup in Stellenbosch. Working together, ACN provided the opportunity for 10 young community volunteers to complete the ACN Sport Education Programme. The programme involved 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 were tasked with working at the UCI World Cup (and the Absa Cape Epic) across the spectrum of event divisions and were mentored in dealing with social problems as well as developing their own community-based bike mechanic businesses for longer-term sustainability. Candidates were selected in partnership with ACN’s network of community partners.