Robben Island Educational Experience

Updated: Feb 21, 2018

Celebrating 12 years of development cycling on Robben Island At 06:30 on 24 February 2017

138 development cyclists from 12 Western Cape schools will arrive at the V&A Waterfront and board the ferry to Robben Island. They will only know where they are going on the morning of what will be a celebratory event hosted by The Sports Trust's Schools Development Cycling programme in the Western Cape, which Nedbank has funded since 2005 in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.

The event is a celebration of 12 years of this highly successful development cycling programme, and brings together the development cyclists, their educators, the media, programme funders and top government officials. As the group steps off the ferry onto Robben Island soil, a guard of honour of development cyclists in their electric green cycling kits will lead the way.

Jackie Mathebula, Chairman of The Sports Trust says, “We are very excited that this development cycling programme continues to show sustainable growth and transformation, and we acknowledge the hard work and dedication by the educators, learners, and staff and the support of our valued stakeholders of Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and Nedbank, as well as Cycling South Africa, who are all committed to ensuring that these talented cyclists are provided with further opportunities in order to take them to the next level in this sport This tour provides the learners with a once in a lifetime experience and supports our vision of enhancing education through sport. “

90 development cyclists competing in the 2017

CTCT The group will experience the official tour of the island, followed by the celebration and ceremonial handover of 15 bicycles to the development cyclists who will be competing in this year's Cape Town Cycle Tour (CTCT). All 90 development cyclists who will be competing in the CTC will receive kit at the ceremony. The CTCT takes place on 12 March this year, and it is a programme record to have 90 development cyclists competing. Twenty of these cyclists form part of the programme's elite team who may potentially be selected to represent Western Province and South Africa. The group visiting Robben Island will spend two-and-a-half hours there, and will also have an opportunity to experience cycling on the island.

An unforgettable experience

Tobie Badenhorst, Head Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing of Nedbank says “This educational tour will be an unforgettable experience as these learners have never been to Robben Island, and seen where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years. Madiba was a keen athlete who believed in the power of sport to inspire all people and to change the world. He made sure that he kept fit and active all his life, including while he was in prison, where the learners will see firsthand where he trained and developed as a leader against the odds.”

The formalities and the kit and bicycle handover will take place in the courtyard where Madiba played most of his sport when he was incarcerated here.

Sport creates hope

To encourage greater participation in cycling 2015 saw the launch of The Sports Trust Community Cycle Races in the communities where the development cyclists live. This is a partnership between the Nedbank Sport Affinity, the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, local cycling clubs, the Western Province Cycling Association and Cycling South Africa. This development cycling programme has supplied bikes, supported and trained up to 220 learners from 12 high schools in disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape and includes schools in the Cape Metro region, Boland and West Coast areas.

Positive youth development in the Western Cape

Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Mrs Anroux Marais said “The partnership with Sports Trust has indeed been advantageous to our communities across the Western Cape. Through the collaborative efforts between the Trust and the Department, we are able to realise our vision of a socially inclusive and active Western Cape. We look forward to further enhancing this partnership as we increase wellness, tackle social ills and encourage mass participation in the code of cycling better together”.

For more details please contact:

Carol Crawford, Marketing and Communications Manager,

The Sports Trust Cell: 082 802 2899

Mike Tippett, Cycling Development Manager,

The Sports Trust , Cell: 062 159 1011

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