On Wednesday 10th of July it was the first time that MXGP Academy was organized outside Europe. This project that has been previously carried out in Europe together with FIM Europe and Youthstream was now done in Zimbabwe, Africa with the support provided by FIM, Youthstream, FIM Africa and the national motorcycling federation of Zimbabwe.
The training had three main objectives. Firstly children, boys and girls got basic training for motocross. Beside Zimbabwe few participants were also coming from South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. Second target was to train parents of the children how to help and support their children to be motocross racer without giving them too much pressure. Third part of the Academy included training of local trainers. Their session included subjects such as how to be a trainer, how to set up training camps or schools, how to evaluate young riders as well as taking care of insurance and safety asbects.
The academy was organized a day before the national Motocross Competition which enabled the use of the track, marshals, ambulance etc.
The FIM is already planning to have two more MX Adacemy events in Africa and the objective is to expand the project into other continents.