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Umoya Africa Acad­emy came into exis­tence when Tiaan Ven­ter, a Sports Sci­ence Grad­u­ate and coach with a lead­ing Ten­nis Acad­emy in Pre­to­ria relo­cated to Ficks­burg, East­ern Free State in South Africa. He quickly became aware of a des­per­ate need among young peo­ple from under­priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties, for role mod­els and qual­ity activ­i­ties to fill their free time.

With the help of friends and fam­ily Tiaan man­aged to secure suf­fi­cient dona­tions to pur­chase 5 moun­tain bicy­cles and acces­sories. With the con­sent of a local school prin­ci­ple, he held tri­als and selected a core group of five young men to par­tic­i­pate in an exten­sive train­ing pro­gram and pre­pare them for the local schools moun­tain bike rac­ing league. In the first year these five young men got into a reg­u­lar rou­tine and con­sis­tent train­ing. Tiaan also engaged with a local school and reg­u­larly led weekly assem­blies with devo­tions and moti­va­tional talks to stu­dents. In 2015 these ambi­tious boys com­peted in the Free State regional school moun­tain bike series and achieved an incred­i­ble 4th team posi­tion in the youth boys cat­e­gory. For many of these boys it was their first ven­ture out­side the bound­aries of the small bor­der com­mu­nity which they call home.

Umoya for­mally came into being when Tiaan real­ized that there was a greater call­ing on his life to grow the moun­tain bike pro­gram in an effort to reach a wider group of young peo­ple. With the help of a Pre­to­ria busi­ness­man and friend, Andre le Roux, they reg­is­tered Umoya Africa Acad­emy as a sec­tion 21 non-​profit organization.

While Andre and his pro­fes­sional team offer mar­ket­ing, admin­is­tra­tive and account­ing sup­port, Tiaan con­tin­ues to look for fur­ther oppor­tu­ni­ties to engage with the local com­mu­nity and reach a larger group of boys and girls with a view to help them rise above their cir­cum­stances and real­ize dreams of a future they never believed existed before.

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Tiaan Ven­ter
Cell: +27 72 825 9689
Email: tiaan@​umoyafrica.​com
P.O. Box 576, Ficks­burg, 9730

Umoya Africa Academy

20 Lang Street
Fiks­burg
9730
Reg­is­tra­tion # 201416827008
Dep. Social Devel­op­ment # 163131 NPO