Gryphons Abroad 12 Hour Spin-a-thon

On Monday 30th November, the Gryphons Abroad team are going to be running a Spin-a-thon event at The Edge to raise awareness and funds for the life changing programme that they will be delivering in one of the least privileged areas of South Africa during June 2016.

The Spin-a-thon will be a 12 hour event running from 8am until 8pm, taking place in the café area in The Edge. Bikes will be manned for half hour slots by staff, the gryphons abroad team and are also open to members of The Edge! Sign up for a half hour slot at The Edge reception or just come along on the day to show your support to the team and this fantastic cause! A little background information on the programme itself can be found below:


In June 2016, a team of 11 University of Leeds students travel to South Africa to work on the inaugural Gryphons Abroad programme. The team will travel with three members of the Leeds Sport team to deliver life changing programmes to the people of Zulu Natal and also at home in the Leeds Area. This brand new programme aims to develop and deliver an innovative and sustainable programme that inspires and motivates change in young people and communities both in Leeds and South Africa through sport, learning and leadership.

The plan is to deliver a mix of sport and education in two different areas of Zulu Natal based on the needs of each local community and the strengths of the staff and students delivering.

Working together with St Mary’s Menston School and the Bambisanani Partnership this new programme will work alongside the programmes that are already established.

Inspiring through Education

The first part of our project trip will be concerned with the delivery of a Mini Gryphon Degree in a local Primary School. Working alongside our student volunteers we will plan and prepare a mini degree programme linked to the strengths of our student team.

We will deliver a wide range of educational lessons alongside a sporting programme to a chosen cohort of students over a five day spell. The final day will include a Mini Degree presentation and a sports day.

Cycling to Success

The second part of our project trip will be concerned with the delivery of a Learn to Cycle programme in a rural secondary school. Working alongside our student volunteers we will plan and prepare a Learn to Cycle programme to deliver to South African learners and to South African teachers.

Over the course of five days we will show learners how to ride and maintain their bikes to enable them to get better access to education and their wider community.

Part of this programme back in the UK will be to source and deliver bicycles to the school in South Africa.