Making a tangible impact on the sport’s future, The Rapha Foundation’s latest grantee shares our passion for making cycling more accessible. British Cycling aims to increase participation in under-represented groups through their new City Academy Hubs, striving to sustainably change the face of cycling.

At Rapha, our simple goal is to make cycling the most popular sport in the world. With this in mind, the Rapha Foundation launched in 2019 to empower and support the next generation of racers, ensuring that the sport we love continues to grow. While the foundation’s roster of over 15 grantees are based in almost every corner of the globe, our latest grantee will be doing valuable work right here in our hometown, trialling a transformative project in a London community.

Establishing City Academies is a three-year pilot project aiming to increase participation by marginalised groups and communities in the sport. The first City Academy Hub is set to launch in London, with a view to expand the project across Britain.

Each City Hub will aim to represent the community in which they are based, from both a rider and a workforce perspective, with the hopes of creating a more inclusive sporting culture. Bringing in-person cycling inspiration and motivation to the heart of communities, the project will play an important role in promoting diversity and inclusivity in cycling, giving underserved riders an opportunity to progress. The participating young riders will get to develop their skills through quality coaching that’s both constructive and, more importantly, fun.

British Cycling’s first Hub will be opening in Hackney and Newham this September, and we will be keeping you up to date with the program every step of the way. Stay tuned for updates on the City Academy Hubs and the people the project is reaching.


The Rapha Foundation's mission is to build a better future for the sport of cycling by inspiring, empowering and supporting the next generation of racers. We will provide direct funding to grassroots and not for profit organisations that introduce under-served audiences to the sport. We will champion these organisations and take aspiring racers on a journey from their local park to podiums at the top of the sport. We will do this all over the world.

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