The FIA held its first Rally Marshals training seminar this week, on 13-14 March in Geneva, having identified improved safety at Rally events as a priority, particularly for spectators.
The FIA, through its Global Training Programme (GTP), is committed to developing the consistency of content delivered to motor sport officials worldwide, as well as seeking to standardise delivery methods and ensuring the trainers themselves are appropriately trained, or ‘Training the Trainers’. Rally Marshals Training has been selected as a pilot project for this initiative and eight of the FIA’s Regional Training Providers were present at the seminar, with three FIA experts delivering the training.
The content for the Rally Marshals Module was collated by a team of FIA experts, including representatives of the Regional Training Provider network, and was supported by both the FIA’s Volunteers & Officials Commission and the ASN Development Task Force. It was a highly interactive event, with a strong contribution from each delegate, who will now go on to deliver this material in a consistent way around the world.
The Regional Training Providers will deliver the module to ASN trainers on regional basis. Thereafter, the ASN trainers will deliver this module to their own marshals. The marshals will also be provided with new resource kits and handbooks containing this latest training information.
Andrew Papadopoulos, President of the ASN Development Task Force, commented: “Since the creation of the ASN Development Task Force in 2013, many training modules of the “Global Training Programme (GTP)” have been delivered to all of our ASNs/ACNs key leaders worldwide. Now, with the launch of this new module, we expect to improve consistency of content delivered to motor sport officials worldwide and reinforce rally safety, which remains a main priority for the FIA”.