Australian Cycling Academy announces two-year partnership with Singapore Cycling Federation
This week the Australian Cycling Academy announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Cycling Federation that will take effect until 2025.
The partnership will create several opportunities for both the ACA and SCF to grow the racing program across Australasia, maximising race invitations and development opportunities for young athletes.
ACA CEO Matt Wilson was excited to officially announce the partnership this week.
“We are thrilled to announce that we have signed an MOU to partner with Singapore Cycling.
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,” Mr Wilson said.
“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!”
As part of the partnership the ACA will provide professional development for Singaporean high-performance staff and aims to directly assist Singaporean athletes.
The partnership will also provide a direct pathway for selected SCF cyclists to fast track their progression in the sport.
“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.
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 Pro Cycling SG (PSCG) scholarship.
SCF will continue development of 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 continued transition of NDS riders to the NTS and the ACA/PSCG Cycling Academy team will progressively race in both Asia and Australia.