The International Cycling Union (UCI) has announced that it has established the so-called UCI Academy in partnership with IF Education. Over the next 12-18 months, this Academy offer specific courses for athletes as well as for Sport and Major Event Executives. All executive courses will be produced in conjunction with Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester.
The UCI currently has Member Federations in over one hundred and sixty nations and hopes that the UCI Academy services will become another means to fulfilling the UCI mission of "promoting cycling in every country throughout the world and at every level."
Committed personally to this new initiative, the President of the UCI Pat McQuaid said on Tuesday, April 26 that "many athletes are exposed to constant travel for training and competition purposes. The UCI Academy will assist them to continue their studies whilst maintaining the highest quality of their training, helping to ensure a holistic approach to their personal and career development. It will provide these athletes with the essential skills to move easily into their chosen career when they retire from competition."