AUTOMOBILISMO EDUCACIONAL (Educational Motorsport) will start in October in Greater Belo Horizonte area
Motorsport is recognized as one of the sports that generates the greatest fascination and interest in people. The adrenaline, high speed and emotion of the disputes stir the feelings of us all and, even more intensely, of children and teenagers.
Currently, one of the icons of the sport in the country, the driver from Minas Gerais Sergio Sette Câmara, only 23 years old, competes in the events of the Formula-E World Championship (electric vehicles). Since he started his career in karting competitions, on the tracks of the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte, the driver has always wondered why the sport has such glamorous idols and events and, on the other hand, does not offer any kind of encouragement to introduce more young people to it.
“I always wondered why, in most sports, children who were interested could practice their activities several times a week and in different places. Thinking about the values and safety issues involved in motorsport, how could it be done to broadly include more young people and children in the practice of the sport that has become my profession” – commented Sérgio Sette.
In this sense, with the benefits of the Federal Sports Incentive Law and, later, of solid companies that believed in the idea of making motorsport also an inclusive sport, the Educational Motorsport project was born.
The inaugural class of the Project was held this Monday (04) at an event that was attended by the driver Sérgio Sette Câmara, local authorities and the press. The ceremony was held at Kartódromo RBC Racing, in Vespasiano, in the Greater Belo Horizonte area.
AUTOMOBILISMO EDUCACIONAL (Educational Motorsport)
The Automobilismo Educacional project was approved and its funds were raised through the Federal Sports Incentive Law. Its main objective is to offer 100% free sports activities and educational support as a tool for the integral formation of young students in conditions of social vulnerability, contributing to the construction of citizenship.
a) Offering sports activities as a complement to the education of public school students;
b) Improving the school performance of participating children and teenagers;
c) Promoting complete integration among Project students;
d) Developing sports activities compatible with the age groups of the participants;
e) Offering the practice of karting for children and young people from socially vulnerable families;
f) Promoting the city of Vespasiano and the state of Minas Gerais as trainers of new sports talents.
Children who would be assisted in the first 12 months
20 children | 11 and 12 years old -> Category: Cadet
20 children | 13 and 14 years old -> Category: Junior
Children Selection Process
Through an unprecedented partnership with the Municipality of Vespasiano, the Sérgio Sette Câmara Institute arrived at an equation that was able to select the first children who would be assisted by the EDUCATIONAL MOTORSPORT project.
Through the direct participation of the Municipal Department of Education and the principals of 10 municipal schools, students were selected taking into account school performance, class attendance and, finally, social vulnerability (all students participate in the Bolsa Família program in the Federal government).
RBC Racing Karting Track
The RBC Racing Karting Track, since the Project’s study phase, was conceived as the “home” of EDUCATIONAL MOTORSPORT. Located on the banks of an important highway in the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte, the Karting Track, has an area of 65,000 m² and houses the best infrastructure for the practice of karting in Minas Gerais.
In addition to the 1,200-meter long track approved by the Brazilian motorsport Confederation – CBA, RBC Racing has a large classroom, comfortable changing rooms, new and regularly revised karts, as well as an experienced group of teachers and monitors for the initiation of children and teenagers in the sport.
Before being invited to host the EDUCATIONAL MOTORSPORT project, RBC Racing Karting track has been the permanent host, for some years, of the regular classes of the Project Racer of the Future, and is also one of the headquarters of the Brazilian School of Karting.
Equipments being used
For the practical classes of the Project, EDUCATIONAL MOTORSPORT students received a kit containing overalls, helmet and sneakers. In addition, rotationally, RBC Racing offers gloves, neck protectors and balaclavas (disposable) so that children are 100% protected and within the rules governing motorsport.
Practical classes will be held in karts specially prepared by the technical team of the karting track. The 11 and 12 year old children will use the Cadete – Indoor kart model , equipped with a 5.5 Hp engine. The teenagers aged 13 and 14 will use the Indoor – Standard model, with a 13Hp engine and power restrictor flange.
Through the EDUCATIONAL MOTORSPORT project, children and young people receive regular kart lessons, the first contact with the motorsport world. The classes and training are held twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays, always at the RBC Racing Karting track.
Theoretical and practical kart classes will last 30 minutes, and take place simultaneously. In other words, while some of the students are in theoretical classes, the others are involved in practical classes. At the end of this first activity, classes are inverted, that is, students who were in practical classes go to theoretical classes and vice versa.
During the break between classes, students receive a reinforced snack. In this way, each student has a total of 5 hours of activities per week (2 hours of practical classes/psychosocial care + 2 hours of theoretical classes + 1 hour of snack).
The content of the classes is appropriate according to the theory of motorsport for each age group served, aiming to enable a healthy practice, consistent with the specific needs and abilities of each age.
a) Stimulate the physical, motor and technical capacity of the project participants.
b) Guide young people about topics such as: drugs, violence, social inclusion and racial prejudice.
c) Keep the frequency of participation in the project at 50%.
d) Keep the attendance of project students in schools at 70%.
e) Create new drivers to represent the city of Vespasiano and the State of Minas Gerais in motorsport.
The Sérgio Sette Câmara Institute, through its tax waiver projects department, has already approved the continuation of the project for the subsequent periods from months 13 to 24 and also from months 25 to 36 with the Federal Sports Incentive Law In other words, the Educational Motorsport Project starts with a minimum of three years existence .
Sérgio Sette Câmara – Project Creator
“I really want to show with this Project that motorsport can, regardless of the focus on high income, include people who are socially vulnerable and have low income. The sport that I have always loved, and today it has become my profession, just like football, volleyball or basketball, has the magic of bringing together people, families and building bonds that are very important in shaping the character of the adults of the future. It is not because motorsport is an expensive sport that, somehow, a child or teenager will never be able to experience this practice in their life”, explained Serginho.
“At this first moment, honestly, we are not looking for a new Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton or Schumacher. Above all, we want to introduce the sport to a new audience and give a different opportunity to children and young people who, certainly, would not have the chance to learn about motorsport”, concluded the Dragon Penske Autosport team driver in Formula-E.
The EDUCATIONAL MOTORSPORT project is an achievement of the Instituto Sérgio Sette Câmara through the Federal Law of Incentive to Sport. The initiative has the support of the Municipality of Vespasiano, Kartódromo RBC Racing and MG Pneus. Sponsorship: MRV Engenharia, Banco BMG, Multibrand Consortium, Gasmig and Cedro Mineradora.
Photos: Gustavo Brandão
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