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Life Development Cycling Academy

The Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy – or Velokhaya for short - is a not-for-profit organisation based in Khayelithsha which uses a range of holistic, educationbased cycling programmes to give children from disadvantaged communities in South Africa – such as Khayelitsha - the skills and opportunities they need to make a success of their lives. In other words, we grow champions on and off the bike.

The word Velokhaya is derived from the French word for cycling (velo) and the Xhosa word for home (khaya) – as such, we’re regarded as the ‘home of cycling’ in Khayelitsha.

We currently run two programmes – a road and a BMX cycling programme – and use these to involve township youth in a positive, after-school activity and to supplement their formal education by teaching them important life skills such as discipline, determination, dedication, teamwork and how to win and lose.