Velokhaya BMX Oval

Brief description and main aims
Discipline and hard work – Velokhaya arose out of the Life Cycling Academy (LCA), an organisation founded in 2003 by former postman Amos Ziqubu and gym owner Glyn Broomberg. Through the LCA, the pair planned to motivate children living in disadvantaged communities and help them acquire respect and status, craved by many young people, through healthy means rather than crime. www.velokhaya.com
Main Activities
At the Velokhaya BMX Oval, opened in the township in 2008, over 60 youngsters have a safe environment in which to practise their moves. The oval’s buildings, which include a club house, office and commentary box, were constructed from recycled shipping containers donated by Safmarine.

Velokhaya’s main services are to teach athletes and school children the necessary skills needed for road cycling, BMX cycling and safe road cycling. These activities have components of HIV awareness, academic assistance and life skills programs. There are also cycling for fun and health programs.

Volunteer tasks
Volunteer Programme Assistant:
  • Assisting with the cycling programs.
  • Assisting to develop a leadership skills based training program.
  • Assisting with the Nutrition and Healthy lifestyle program.
  • Work alongside local staff and volunteers in organizational development, marketing and fund raising.
Volunteer requirements / Skills
  • Passion for sports and cycling
  • Administration skill
  • English language
  • Self motivated
  • Creative
  • Ability to communicate with young children and adults
  • Strong organizing skills.
Location
Khayelitsha, Cape Town. The organization is situated in the densely populated African township of Khayelitsha – situated approximately 20km from the city centre and established as a dormitory town for migrant black workers and their families during the Apartheid regime.
Hosting Situation (Board & Lodging)
Host family in the local community of Khayelitsha. The spoken language of the area is Xhosa.   Volunteers will be required to use local mini-bus taxi transport.
Additional info
  • This placement is an “after school” programme and great flexibility will be required in managing “African time”.  
  • THIS PROJECT IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR VOLUNTEERS WHO DO NOT CYCLE – OR REQUIRE A STRUCTURED PLACEMENT WITH HIGH LEVEL SUPERVISION.
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