School-based Cycling Programme
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Bergsig Primary School is off the beaten track in the heart of Bonteheuwel in Cape Town and is home to the JAG Foundation’s JAGRiders programme, and is be spearheaded by former professional South African Cyclist, Graham Hector.
Mountain biking has seen great growth in South Africa and Internationally, and so have the opportunities for aspiring young mountain bikers. South Africa too boasts some of the best and most beautiful mountain biking tracks in the world, however is largely inaccessible to children in high-risk communities such as Bonteheuwel due to high travelling costs and bicycle transfers.
It is for this reason that Graham Hector set to work to layout a 1km mountain biking Cross Country course on the Bergsig Primary School grounds. The course includes drops, hills, berms,jumps, tight corners, and flat straights, allowing the children to experience the all aspects of cross-country and mountain biking.
The importance of ‘Safe’ transport
Utilisingschools has many benefits when creating a safe space, such as the potential of having a sports field or grassed area for our programmes, but most importantly, that most school boundaries are fenced with lockable gates allowing for a space free of thoroughfare. This lessens the likelihood of being caught in gang cross fire, drug deals, and general community violence.
Howeverutilisinga “Safe Space” is only possible if we can transport the children to and from activities.
Gang territories prevent children from walking for one side of a community to another, the danger of getting caught in criminal activity, gang flairs, and abduction are all a very real issues when it comes to walking.
It is for this reason that JAGRugby,supplieshiredtransport to just short of 1000 children, split between 65 teams, from 15 schools, in age brackets U9, U11, and U13, every Monday and Wednesday to a single safe school venue. This excludes the transport required for u14 to U19 teams.
Coaches & Mentors
The impact of the human factor
There is a culture of deep-rooted fear of abuse, gang violence, and seemingly endless spiral into poverty. Escape seems impossible. But every problem allows for a solution. This is education and learning, broadening the horizon. But this learning is not all happening in the head. It is largely provided through influence and guidance.
The ability to relate is a key element to being a mentor. It is for this reason that all of our mentors and coaches come from and reside within the communitiestheycoach. This affords the children a mentor with real knowledge of the difficulties, struggles, and societal stresses the children are susceptible to.
Our favourof qualitative over quantitative measurements requires incremental increases in number of mentors for ensuring sustainability.
Our Values and Pillars
In line with our mission of offering children an alternative lifepath,our programme have 7 pillars to ensuring a successful and efficient imparting of positive values such as tolerance, integrity, respect, discipline, teamwork, accountability, and goal setting.
These key pillars are;
• Creating a Safehaven
• Coaches and Mentors
• Core Value Training
• Skills Training
• Inclusion and Nation Building
• Talent Identification and Enfranchisement
• Coach and Mentor development