Today at the Council Chamber “Giulio Marinozzi” of the University of Studies of Rome “Foro Italico”, the International Advanced Course in Motorcycling Management, organized by the Foundation Foro Italico in collaboration with FIM Europe has been presented to a large media audience.
The course is the second edition of a project of FIM Europe which kicked off last year with the intention of perfecting a format to make available to the European Motorcycle Federations and their respective Universities.
From the left, Alessandro Sambuco, FIM Europe Secretary General, Silvia Monatti, FIM Europe Secretariat Coordinator, Dr Wolfgang Srb, FIM Europe President, Prof Fabio Pigozzi, University Foro Italico Rector, Prof. Gennaro Terracciano, University Foro Italico Pro-Rector and Carlo Pernat, MotoGP Team Manager
The main reason why the Course was launched is that recruitment, selection and development of sporting talent in Motorcycling are prioritaire for European National Motorcycle Federations. The principal actors in the process of creating the Champions of tomorrow are certainly the Federations themselves but, in the light of the recent economic crisis that has plagued and is still plaguing our Continent, it is necessary to look for synergies.
From the left, Alessandro Sambuco, Dr Wolfgang Srb, Fabio Pigozzi and Gennaro Terracciano
These synergies will allow, without providing further expenditure from the budget of the Federations, to increase these activities both in terms of quantity and quality as for their regional presence and professional interventions.
The educational activities of the Course will be aimed at acquiring specific knowledge for the formation of a professional able to work effectively as Manager of a Motorcycle Team.
In particular, the lessons of the Course will be aimed to:
– acquire knowledge of international sports law and of the motorcycling institutions at International, Continental and National level;
– acquire the ability to manage the team through the knowledge of the legal, tax and economic aspects, as well as corporate and marketing strategies, defining the objectives and evaluating the relative performances;
– acquire the ability to target the team communication;
– acquire and develop the personal qualities of leadership;
– acquire the necessary skills related to Team Building and Problem Solving.
The Course is divided into 6 macroareas, 42 modules of 4 hours each,
168 hours of frontal lessons, 32 hours of internship in a Team engaged in Continental Championships, 8 hours of lessons at the University of Nürburgring.
Almost 30 teachers are engaged.
Among the lecturers, Prof. Dr. Bettina Reuter, Dean of the MBA Course of Studies Motorsports-Management, Nürburgring, University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern. The lesson will deal with Motorsports Logistics and is scheduled on November 4th from 2 pm to 6 pm.
“I am particularly happy to start this new phase of the pilot project we launched last year with the University of Rome ‘Foro Italico’. This phase will assign an International dimension to the Advanced Course in Motorcycling Management”, stated Alessandro Sambuco, FIM Europe Secretary General. “In addition to the usual contents in English on the International Sports Organization, we planned new contents and lectures, also in English, to be held both at the University ‘Foro Italico’ in Rome and at the University of Nürburgring”.
The participation to the Advanced Course is open to graduates who wish to acquire specific knowledge and skills, in order to operate as part of the Motorcycle Sport as Team Managers, even if not in possession of a specific experience in this sector. The participation to the Course is also open to those who already hold such a role, although not graduates, but in possession of a high school diploma.
The lessons of the Course will start on Friday 3rd November 2017 and will end on Friday 2nd March 2018.
The training activities with the Teams will be held between March and May 2018.
The publication of the access procedure to the Course will be on the website of the University of Studies of Rome “Foro Italico” and on the website of the University Foundation “Foro Italico” from 13th September 2017. The deadline for enrollment in the Course is within the 31st October 2017.
This second edition of the course will take place in Italy with the intention to extend the initiative to all 47 Federations which are members of FIM Europe. Each national edition of the Course in Motorcycling Management will provide for the direct involvement of the respective National Motorcycle Federation.
The choice of where helding the course fell on the University of Rome “Foro Italico” for its enthusiasm for Sport, being the only Italian university, and one of the few European ones, to be fully dedicated to physical education.
Fabio Pigozzi, Rector of the University Foro Italico of Rome, stated: “The University Foro Italico of Rome is particularly pleased of organizing this Course which combines the academic skills with the specific expertise, which all those are engaged in this wonderful activity must have. To give value to a Course also means providing the best possible skills, which is what we are doing. It is an important experience, which has created a best practice for other initiatives we are going to undertake”.
“We are proud to say that the partnership with FIM Europe is giving its fruit”, stated Gennaro Terracciano, Pro-Rector of Foro Italico University. “Last year we had great results and now we are improving the content of the Course for further internationalization, which will allow participants to take advantage of the experience of both the teachers and the stage that will be done at the teams. We believe that this relationship can continue to develop more and more skills in such an important field as motorcycling”.
“It’s a very useful project: it’s a complete project, which makes us understand how to approach this career”, comments Carlo Pernat, MotoGP Team Manager. “It’s also important because it offers the opportunity to gain experience from academic teachers and in the circuits. I like the fact that it is more and more international and that among the subject matters there is Psychology, which is one of the most important aspects of our job”.
“The ‘Advanced Course in Motorcycling Management’ at the famous University “Foro Italico” in Rome is of utmost importance for FIM Europe”, stated Dr Wolfgang Srb, FIM Europe President. “I wish to say thanks to the University Il Foro Italico of Rome for this opportunity and for this partnership which brings the Course at a very high level. FIM Europe is particularly strong in sport, but now we are working to develop the second pillar –safety and education at the top level. For those who want to work at a National Federation or as a Team Manager a broad knowledge and a general overview in the sport and business law, contractual and fiscal law, sport marketing, communication, etc. is indispensable”.