TRANSFORMATION

During 2020, CyclingSA has established a supporting pillar designated to Diversity and Inclusivity specifically with a focus on youth, transformation, and development.

Within the structures of CyclingSA, grassroots development is introduced on club and schools’ levels with the support of the regional and provincial members of Cycling SA in those areas. Development is driven through the identification of talent and the support of the regional and provincial affiliates.

The National Development Plan drives a higher development mission which is outlined in a 4-year plan, #DevelopWithPurpose. To implement this plan, a Diversity Committee consisting of a Vice President from the Executive Board and the chairpersons of the supporting commissions had been inaugurated as part of the constitution in August 2020.  The commissions are the Youth, Transformation and Development Commission, the Women’s Commission and Para-Cycling Commission.   In addition, this committee also works very closely with Schools Cycling South Africa where more than 1,000 schools with 25,000 scholar cyclists can now exercise cycling as a recognised school sport.

The main objectives of this committee, commissions and SCSA are to:

  • work closely together and ensure development is taking place at a youth level, to create more opportunities for women as well as athletes with disabilities.
  • play a leading role to ensure that cycling in South Africa transforms and that the sport has demographical representation in all disciplines.
  • Evaluate the implementation of the Diversity Charter with the associated implementation directives and goals to transform through national scorecards.
  • Ensuring that we safeguard vulnerable groups as identified by DSAC, SASCOC, the UCI and CyclingSA.

Responsibilities of the Youth, Development and Transformation Commission:

  • To put in place the necessary criteria for the affiliation clubs and of academies within the national guidelines of the Department of Sport, Art and Culture as well as the International Cycling Union.
  • To put in place necessary plans that introduce the sport in underdeveloped communities by working closely with Youth, transformation and Development commissioners on both Cycling SA and Schools Cycling South Africa’s provincial structures.
  • To put in place National Youth Festivals inclusive of all the disciplines around the country and to meet the demographical requirements outlined in the National Development Plan.
  • The regional and provincial representatives are in addition responsible to put in place regional and provincial series of development events in Road Cycling , Mountain Biking, Track Cycling and BMX disciplines to increase and feed the number of participants on Provincial and National levels by working closely with the discipline representatives in each province and region.

The composition of each commission shall comprise of:

  • A chairperson.
  • A representative from Road Cycling, Mountain Biking, Track Cycling and BMX.
  • A representative from each of the nine (9) members, one from each province, but may also include a representative from each of the affiliated regions of CyclingSA and representatives.

CAPACITY BUILDING

In driving development, capacity building of all supporting and technical individuals is required. A department within CyclingSA had been established with designated staff to drive this process. 

To drive the National Strategy, #GrowCycling, which outlines the steps we are taking from 2021 – 2024 to improve the support and also increase the number of black, female and disabled support and technical individuals.

The main responsibilities of this department:

  • Planning and implementations of capacity building and educational program calendars in association with the relevant commissions
  • Facilitate the sharing of knowledge on different levels by rolling out a curriculum on different levels ranging from grassroot to high performance as either online or face to face courses.
  • Establish CATHSETA recognised curriculums, educational programmes and ‘how-to guides’ by working closely with volunteers / commissions and facilitators for:
    • Administration
    • Coaching
    • Management
    • Trail Building
    • Mechanics
    • Technical Officiating
  • Facilitate and manage the implementation of education programmes either in person or through Cycling SA DigiCademy offering of online tutorial and theoretical training inclusive of:
    • Coordination of in-person sessions and courses as may be required per level of each programme and exit exams.
    • Coordination of certification and assistance with licensing applications of qualified individuals for the relevant programmes.

These resources include:

  • Transformation and Capacity Building Manager(s)
  • Coaching Commission with coaching experts to facilitate a new curriculum and to roll out an online and in person educational program.
  • Technical Capacity Building Commission with technical experts to facilitate a new curriculum and to roll out an online and in person educational program incorporating officials and team management.
  • A governance and administration committee to share knowledge amongst provincial and regional administrators in order to assist and train newcomers to our systems and processes.

TRANSFORMATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING GOALS

In driving development, capacity building of all supporting and technical individuals is required.   A  department within Cycling SA had been established with designated staff to drive this process. 

Our amended constitution now make provision for affiliates to have more say through an innovative ‘motivation’ proposition. In essence a provincial affiliate can have either just 1 standard vote,  or up to 10 votes. 60% of the voting structure is positioned around transformation, development and inclusivity:

One (1) standard vote:

In good standing with Cycling SA at the time of voting.

One (1) additional vote:

Individual members exceeding five thousand (5 000) in number who are not affiliated to the provincial cycling association and who are not affiliated any to another member association of Cycling SA.

One (1) additional vote: 

Hosted at least one (1) National Championship in any Cycling Discipline. 

One (1) additional vote: 

Hosted Provincial Championships in each of the Cycling Disciplines of Road, Track, Mountain Biking and BMX.

One (1) additional vote: 

Rolling out and managing a grassroots youth development project contributing to the demographic transformation of cycling, endorsed by the Executive Board.

One (1) additional vote: 

Rolling out and managing a project for women contributing to the demographic transformation of cycling of cycling, endorsed by the Executive Board.

One (1) additional vote: 

Rolling out and managing a capacity building project contributing to the upskilling, education and training of coaches, officials or support staff, endorsed by the Executive Board.

One (1) additional vote:  

Every ten (10) Youth Cycling Academies registered in the relevant Province, endorsed by the Executive Board. 

One (1) additional vote:

Representation of 25% women on the Executive Committee of the Provincial Body. 

One (1) additional vote:

Representation of 25% Black individuals, as defined in the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003, on the Executive Committee of the Provincial Body.

Goals and targets had been approved by the general assembly and is also available in the diversity and inclusivity charter.  These targets include more representation of  represetnatives at different levels.

  • Executive Level Representation – Cycling South Africa
    • Gender
      • Meet the same standards as the UCI in terms of gender diversification and representation of at least 25% per gender on all executive committees (national and provincial) by December 2021 and to increase every quadrennial election year until such time that 50% of the executives represent each gender.
    • Race
      • Meet the national transformation charter and governments steering directives in terms of representation to have minimum 25% representation of black persons as classified in this category on all executive committees (national and provincial) by December 2021 and to increase every quadrennial election year until such time that 50% of the executive is represented by black representatives. 

  • Executive Level Representation – Provincial and Regional Affiliates
    • Gender
      • Ensure at least one Executive member and / or administrator to be a female elected member in 2022 and to increase by one every election year until such time that 50% of the executives are female.
    • Race
      • Ensure at least one Executive member and /or administrator elected to be black members in 2022 and to increase representation by one every election year until such time that 50% of the executive is black.

 

  • Committees and Commissions – CyclingSA and affiliates.
    • Gender
      • Ensure at least one committee / commission member and / or administrator to be a female elected member in 2022 and to increase by one every election year until such time that 50% of the executives are female.
    • Race
      • Ensure at least one committee / commission member and /or administrator elected to be black members in 2022 and to increase representation by one every election year until such time that 50% of the executive is black.

 

  • Clubs and academies
    • Increase the number of black managed clubs and academies by assisting with guidance on administration and governance with the aim of establishing at least 25% black managed clubs by 2024 through each province and region.

  • Cyclists
    • Encourage and support all demographics to become take up the cycling as a recreational activity.

Our new capacity building initiatives has specific targets in terms of representation which will be reviewed every two years:

Capacity Group

 Level

Facilitation

Target

Cyclists

National Youth Festival

–       Provincial and regional teams with a composition to Youth Festivals

–        

–       9 Riders in a team

–       At least 3 cyclists from different race.

–       At least 2 female cyclists

–       A least 1 para cyclist.

UCI international  level Tier 2 events (e.g., 2.2 Road Cycling)

–       Federation Teams

–       30% representation of PDI riders.

 

Coaches

Skills and Club Level

–       Make accessible to all through online facilitation

–       Maximize.

Cycling SA / UCI Level 1

–       facilitated online through a variety of modules. 

–       exit exam

–       6 Courses per annum

–       At least 25% black.

–       At least 25% women

–       At least 10% disabled.

Cycling SA Level 2 (higher development)

–       In person course

–       exit exam

–       2 Courses per annum

–       At least 25% black

–       At least 25% women

–       At least 10% disabled.

UCI Level 2

–       UCI facilitation dependent

–       Request 1 per annum

–       At least 25% black

–       At least 25% women

–       At least 10% disabled.

UCI Level 3

–       Application to UCI (Selection / approval by UCI)

 

Club Administrators

Skills and Club Level

–       Make accessible to all through online facilitation

–       Maximize.

Provincial Level

–       Facilitated online through a variety of modules. 

–       2 Courses

–       At least 25% black.

–       At least 25% women

–       At least 10% disabled.

Team managers

Level D

–       Facilitated online through a variety of modules. 

–       Exit exam

–       2 Courses per annum per discipline.

–       At least 25% black.

–       At least 25% women

–       At least 10% disabled.

Level C

–       Facilitated online through a variety of modules.

–       Exit assessment

–       2 Courses per annum

–       At least 25% black.

–       At least 25% women

–       At least 10% disabled.

Level B

–       Facilitated online through a variety of modules.

–       Exit assessment

–       2 Courses per annum

–       At least 25% black.

–       At least 25% women

–       At least 10% disabled.

Level A*

–       Experienced based + UCI Director Sportif dependent on UCI criteria.

–        

Mechanics

Skills and Club Level

–       Make accessible to all through online facilitation

–       Maximize.

NQF Level 4

–       Dependent on Project Funding

–       At least 1 mechanic per regional training centre per quarter

–       At least 25% black.

–       At least 25% women

–       At least 10% disabled.

Safety Marshals

Skills and Club Level

–       Make accessible to all through online facilitation

–       Maximize.

Regional and Provincial Level

–       In person facilitation

–       2 Courses per annum per zoned training centre

–       At least 25% black.

–       At least 25% women

–       At least 10% disabled.

Trail Builders

Regional and Provincial Level

–       Make accessible to all through online facilitation

–       Maximize.

Race Officials

Probation

–       Online Facilitation

–       Open book exam

–       Practical experience as required.

–       Maximize

Regional

–       Online Facilitation

–       Practical experience as required.

–       1 course per discipline per zoned training centre

–       At least 25% black.

–       At least 25% women

–       At least 10% disabled.

National

–       In person facilitation

 

–       1 course per discipline per zoned training centre

–       At least 25% black.

–       At least 25% women

–       At least 10% disabled.

International

Application to UCI (Selection / approval by UCI)

 

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

National Development Plan

A National framework to develop cycling from grassroot to professional levels.

Level / StandardsKey activities Focus
  • UCI World Tour
  • UCI Pro Tour
  • International Partners
  • World / Pro Tour Teams 
From 2023


OBJECTIVES

  • The end goal is to create an environment that is conducive to role players and stakeholders in South Africa to benefit from the commercial aspects of the sport.
  • Ensure that strong foundations are in place and that CyclingSA is positioned as a well organised national sport that competitive internationally in all the disciplines.
Level / StandardsKey activities Focus
  • UCI Continental 
  • National Youth Festivals
  • Performance Programs
  • Recognition 
From 2022


OBJECTIVES

  • Introduction of multi-discipline National Youth Festivals  – participation of regional and provincial teams to allow for cross-pollination.
  • Ensure structured performance programmes with support.
  • Give recognition for performance.
Level / StandardsKey activities Focus
  • National
  • CAC (Sub-Saharan neighbours) 
  • Aspiration Framework
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Improved Calendar 
From 2022


OBJECTIVES

  • The objective of the development programmes, apart from introducing the sport to as wide a base of participants as possible in all fields, is to create opportunities for talented riders and individuals  to be become internationally competitive at Olympic and Paralympics standards. Benchmarks to progress will be setup through an Olympic and Paralympic Aspiration Framework.
  • Strategic partnership with the African Cycling Confederation (CAC) and World Cycling Centre Africa (WCCA). 
  • Improved National Calendar to incorporate more leagues and series of events and higher level of competition standards. 
Level / StandardsKey activities Focus
  • Provincial
  • Regional
  • Long term development
  • Membership
  • Upskilling of support staff
From 2021


OBJECTIVES

  • Establishment of a long-term program to develop South African Cycling and improve the social and competitive level of previously disadvantage communities by increasing the capacity of athletes and support staff over a period of years.
  • Implement an aggressive capacity building programme for administrators coaches, mechanics, safety officials, event organisers, race officials and marshals through digital transformation.
  • Encourage youth membership and participation.


 INTRODUCTION HIGHER DEVELOPMENT HIGH PERFORMANCE 
Coaching 
  • Introduction to Cycling + skills
  • Monthly district cycling clinic days
  • Regional / Provincial Academy Teams
  • Talent Camps 
  • High-Performance training camp
  • Advance Training – discipline-specific
Participation
  • Affiliated academies and clubs
  • District / Regional Teams
  • Provincial teams
Racing 
  • Monthly district development races.
  • Quarterly provincial / regional event – a congregation at central point to select riders to participate.
  • Inter regional / provincial racing calendars.
  • Provincial Championships.
  • Inter-provincial racing competitions
  • National Youth Festivals. 
  • National Championships 
Recognition 
  • Qualified riders are included in a district squad and teams to compete against each other at Provincial level.
  • Selection of Provincial Development Squads / Teams.
  • Higher development optimisation. 
  • National Academy Teams
  • Selection to UCI WCCA
  • International Participation 
Aggressive Capacity Building
  • Academy, Club, District Administrator
  • Skills Level CyclingSA Coach 
  • Introduction to Bike mechanics 
  • Probation Technical Official 
  • D Level Manager
  • Regional Administrator
  • Level 1 UCI Coach (mentorship) 
  • Level 1 Mechanic
  • Provincial Technical Official
  • C Level Manager
  • National Administrator
  • Level 2 UCI Coach (mentorship) 
  • Level 2 Mechanic
  • National Technical Official 
  • B / A Level Manager
Level / StandardsKey activities Focus
  • Community 
  • Diversify
  • Structures 
  • Having presence
  • Government Partnerships
From 2020


OBJECTIVES

  • Building effective relationships and lift the barrier to entry to increase capacity and position cycling as a recognised priority sport.Have a national presence of community-driven initiatives supported by CyclingSA.
  • Diversify through clear instruction in CyclingSA Constitution.
  • Athlete centric approach – aligning with SASCOC, the UCI and ICO guidelines for athlete representation at government levels.
  • Building effective relationships to increase capacity, position cycling as a recognised priority sport and lifting the barrier to entry.
  • Have a national presence.
  • Improve regional and provincial governing bodies position as a key supplier in the value chain to subsequently improve the position of cycling as a national sport.
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