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Teenage cyclists aged 13-15 years in Selangor were given the opportunity to participate in a free cycling clinic Clever Speda School (CSS), sponsored by Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad (Perangsang Selangor).
Based on the 'Sports for All' concept, the programme was organised in collaboration with the Selangor Education Department, the Selangor State Cycling Association (SSCA) and the Selangor State Sports Council (SSSC).
"The CSS programme is part of the Selangor Sports Stimulus (SSS) under Perangsang Selangor's Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, which was launched in March this year. The aim of the programme is to expose and scout for talented young cyclists in Selangor. In addition, cyclists who fulfilled the selection criteria will be included in the Selangor state's back-up cyclists" said Mohd Ismail Zam Zam, Perangsang Selangor's CSR Assistant Manager.
"Since May 2014, a total of 145 students from five districts have been involved in the CSS. These students were mainly from Banting Jugra Secondary School, Banting (40 students), 31 from Klang Shahbandaraya Secondary School (31), Hulu Selangor Bestari Hebat Secondary School (18), Shah Alam Section 24 Secondary School, Shah Alam (22) and Kuala Selangor Secondary School (34). To-date, Perangsang Selangor has spent RM26,000 for the implementation of the CSS programmes", said Mohd Ismail.
Kuala Selangor Secondary School students with NSC officials
The CSS programmes are coached by two professionals, Mohd Mahadzir Hamad, a former Selangor and Malaysia cyclist and Hadi Putra Ismail, former Selangor cyclist with the assistance of Mohd Sabri Md Taib from the State Cycling Association.
Mohd Mahadzir said, "The clinic activities organized, include introduction to Riders and Cycling Bikes, Cycling Technology and Pre Fitness Test. It is aimed at exposing and identifying new talented cyclists amongst young children. The clinic also teaches novice cyclists on the techniques, equipment and cycling discipline while fostering their interest to participate in cycling events".
Mahadzir identifying talented young cyclists
"For the next phase, Perangsang Selangor will propose to SSCA to select 35 potential students for the Advance CSS level to be trained as back-up squad for the Selangor cycling team" added Mohd Ismail.
The programme has also attracted the attention of the National Sports Council (NSC) officers, who was present at the 5th series, held in Kuala Selangor. The Malaysia's National Cycling Programme Manager, Graham Seers, said, "In Malaysia, there are only two states actively developing young cyclists, one of which is Selangor. I probably would consider taking 5 athletes from the Advance CSS level to join our training in Bukit Jalil to be part of the Malaysia's Youth Team".
Seers considering 5 cyclists from CSS to join Malaysia's Youth Cyclist Team
The next programme will be held at Taman Melawati Secondary School, Gombak and Sungai Rawang Secondary School, Sepang in September 2014. Interested cyclists can contact Sabri at 012-4845996 or Mahadzir 019-2885633.