FNB Schools Mountain Bike League Underway

FNB Namibia is the main supporter of the FNB Schools Mountain League which is currently underway and supports the league with an amount of N$ 40 000.

Ingrid Goeieman, Manager: Sponsorships and Donations: “Skills development is one of the Foundation’s focus areas and this includes for example rugby, tennis, cricket and netball to name but a few but we are most certainly no strangers when it comes to supporting cycling considering the FNB Desert Dash, Pick n Pay Cycling tour and the like.”

She continued to say that the league was aimed at bringing an awareness of the outdoors to all scholars of ages U8 to U18. “Scholars leading a healthy outdoor lifestyle will be able to approach school with a healthy mind-set and we like the idea of a healthy mind and a healthy body coupled to our young people.”

Scholars participating in this league generate points for their respective schools over four events, culminating in the annual award to the school with the most points. Four events will be held and scholars are required to participate in at least three of these in order to qualify for final championship points. The first event was held in April and the last one will take place on 2 August 2014.

Aiden de Lange, organiser: “The goal is to have as many schools as possible, from all parts of Namibia, participating in the finals. On completion of the league, a Namibian team will be selected to participate in Magaliesberg, South Africa in the SA Schools final planned for early October 2014.”

De Lange said that over the past three years scholars from various schools in Windhoek have been participating in the Schools Mountain Bike League. “In Namibia this series has been recognized by FNB Namibia as a premium platform to bring awareness to the importance of a healthy and outdoor lifestyle to the youth of Namibia. In line with the rapid growth of the sport of mountain-biking the FNB Namibia Schools Mountain Bike League has drawn additional participation from coastal riders at each of the events hosted in both Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, and Coastal riders will also be included in the run up for selection to compete in South Africa.”

“The upcoming Namibian finals scheduled for 2 August hold the promise of a great turnout with the student riders using this event as their last chance to increase their schools and their own points qualifications.”

Adding momentum to the FNB School Mountain Bike League, Pantum Copiers in conjunction with Waltons Namibia, also proudly support this series.

Source : The Namibian