Diepsloot Mountain Biking Academy
What? Run by the Red Apple Foundation, a Not for Profit organization, with the aim of enhancing basic learning skills through the use of English reading circles and Math tutoring, the Diepsloot Mountain Bike (MTB) Academy provides basic MTB and life skills training for underprivileged youth sourced from schools in Diepsloot and surrounding areas.
How? DMA uses sport as a vehicle to drive change, boosting the skills and self-confidence of its members and instilling the values of courage, commitment, concentration, and consistency.
It engages 150 youth (aged 10-23) in a mountain bike (MTB) training programme. Those participating also benefit from: Academic Support (weekly Maths and English tutorial sessions offered to younger participants (aged 10 – 16)); Training & Employability (Training opportunities related to the cycling industry e.g. bicycle technicians and coaching); and Enterprise Development (current ED projects include a bicycle rental operation and a coffee shop).
Aim? The project aims to empower youth to pursue goals, inspiring them to become active change agents in the social upliftment of their community.
Andre Ross (Project Manager)