“Cycling their way to a bright future”
Pioneer Slots and African Pioneer Group, yet again has identified and this time, although we have provided a bit of a helping hand, we have been inspired by the Imveli Cycling Academy, a team lead by Lukholo Badi.
It was a pleasure being with the team when they participated in the Makro Bestmed Cycling tour, which took place at the beginning of September 2017. We were also part of the Spur Schools Provincial Championships, an off-road mountain biking challenge (not the speciality for Imveli). Even though they were out of their comfort zone Vuyolwethu Grootboom, one of the female riders, placed third overall for her performance in the Under 15s.
Imveli Cycling Academy a non-profit organisation that was founded in 2014 by Lukholo Badi, who is an experienced engineer by profession. Imveli cycling Academy focuses on two aspect namely: Sports and Education. The Academy grooms riders from the young age of 8 years, and right through to the age of retirement. Focusing on the previously disadvantaged communities in the Eastern Cape.
The majority of riders at the moment are 19 years and younger, and this is why this group is so inspiring. Its vison is to create a platform for young previously disadvantaged township sports people, for an international career in cycling. Imveli uses the sports programme to break the social ills (Crime, Drug abuse) faced by the youth, daily
Lukholo Badi is truly an inspiration to these young kids, apart from him being a keen sportsman, with a particular passion for cycling, he is a family man with 2 kids and comes from East London. Follow him and the Imveli Cycling Academy on Facebook: Imveli Cycling Academy.