The Singapore Cycling Federation (SCF) and Australia Cycling Academy (ACA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will take effect from 2022 to 2024. ACA is a not-for-profit cycling development program formed by former Australian professional cyclists Ben Kersten and Matt Wilson.
The partnership will provide a pathway for SCF’s cyclists of potential to fast track their progression in the sport and provide opportunities for the professional development of SCF staff.
At the start of the MoU in 2022, SCF will select up to 3 riders who will be contracted to the ACA UCI Continental Team for development in the Australian eco-system under the PCSG (Pro Cycling SG) scholarship. SCF will continue the development of the National Development Squad (NDS) riders’ transition to the National Training Squad (NTS). SCF riders contracted to ACA will also race in Australia for exposure and racing experience.
In 2023, up to 4 riders under SCF will be recommended for the PCSG scholarship. SCF riders contracted to ACA will race in both Asia and Australia. Additionally, when competing in Asia, SCF staff will be provided with professional development opportunities.
Over the course of the MoU, there will be a continued transition of NDS riders to the NTS, and the ACA/PSCG Cycling Academy team will progressively race in both Asia and Australia.
“The partnership is a significant milestone for Singapore Cycling as we build on our high-performance systems and infrastructure. We also hope to inspire young Singaporean cyclists to continue to dare to dream and to push their performance limits to the next level,” said Dr Hing Siong Chen, President of SCF.
“We are thrilled to announce that we have signed an MoU to partner with Singapore Cycling over the next two years. This partnership aims to deliver the Australia Cycling Academy and the Sunshine Coast region with many benefits such as tourism and events opportunities, growth of our racing program across Asia and business networking opportunities,” said Matt Wilson, CEO of ACA.
Mr Wilson added, “Singapore has huge potential for cycling growth both in the high-performance and tourism and leisure space, and this partnership provides us with strong foundations to be on the ground level with that growth. We very much look forward to seeing where the next years will take us!”
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