Social youth projects

ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY

Where Education, Sport and Challenges Meet

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”

Nelson Mandela

Israel Cycling Academy isn’t just about races and victories. It was also established with the aim of making the cycling culture, both professional and leisure, accessible to youth throughout Israel, bridging gaps in society and augmenting sport culture among Israel youth.

By applying mountain bike training as part of a “youth team,” Israel Cycling Academy has created an educational-sport platform with the goal of developing a firm base for the future and improving cycling culture in Israel.

Israel Cycling Academy has established youth cycling teams in educational centers, boarding schools, youth villages and community centers throughout Israel.

The work model in the youth teams is based on a cooperative funding agreement between Israel Cycling Academy and the local institution, in which the various expenses are divided by funding the activity, the cost of employing the instructor, purchasing equipment, constructing a bicycle warehouse, insurance costs and overhead expenses.

Israel Cycling Academy’s youth teams are led by trained instructors who are employed by Israel Cycling Academy and meet the professional standards of the organization.

The work with youth teams focus on education on the values of excellence, teamwork, healthy lifestyle, environmental protection and love of the country.

The educational institutions that
Israel Cycling Academy is part of (As OF March 2019) :

  1. Kadoorie Youth Village – Kfar Tavor.
  2. Ramat Hadassah Youth Village – Tivon.
  3. Ayanot Youth Village – near Nes Ziyona.
  4. Ben Shemen Youth Village – near Ben Shemen Village.
  5. Aloney Yitzhak Youth Village – Giv’at Ada.
  6. Alriada Min Ajal Baladi Youth Team – Shfaram.
  7. Eden Boarding School in Karmiya – Girls’ Team – Gaza area.

Israel Cycling Academy’s Youth Teams project provides solution and skills for a wide range of youth from various background, including:

  • At-risk-children
  • Children with Special needs
  • Children with ADHD
  • Leadership youth programs
  • Military service preparation
  • Professional training as mechanics and instructors

Much more than just a sport:

While working, we understood that teenagers are attracted to cycling for various reasons. The sport’s attractiveness lies in our ability to provide challenging experiences that combine effort, pleasure and satisfaction, and thus motivate youth who do not engage in physical activity in other frameworks.

Motivating for action:

As part of the process of engaging youth into cycling, we hold “inspirational events” for the children in the educational institutions, in order to expose them to the sport and enable them to explore and experience cycling before sorting out for the team’s orientation process.

Israel Cycling Academy’s mission is to increase the number of youth villages, schools and educational institutions throughout Israel, that operate youth teams, and to expand the number of children reached by them. At the same time, our goal is to deepen the professional development processes that the boys and girls undergo in each of the cycling teams, and the educational processes that accompany the development process.

The Youth Villages project is being run and managed, by Ran Margaliot, ICA’s co-founder.