Junior Development Program
The Junior Development Program for 14-17 year old youths is a collaboration between Cooma Car Club and Motorsport Australia (CAMS). It is managed by CMHAC and funded by CAMS. The purpose of the program is to ultimately introduce new participants to motorsport and to car clubs in general, which will help bolster the ageing population of most car clubs. Along the way the participants will learn some basic car maintenance, how to control a car in controlled safe conditions, and how a car behaves at higher speeds, all in the company of experienced instructors.
The program begins with a Motorkhana for the initial introduction, and this is usually attended by RMS Cooma staff who explain to the youths the requirements and skills required to gain a Driving Licence. The second phase is participation in a Hillclimb at Mt Gladstone where they have an instructor in the car with them until they have the confidence and are assessed by the instructor to be able to run on their own. They usually have a great deal of fun in these programs while learning skills required both for future driving endeavours and life.
The program commenced in 2016, and in 2019 Snowy Monaro Regional Council sponsored eight members of the local Youth Hub through the program to provide them with both skills and much needed mentoring. Council is keen to continue the sponsorship in future programs. Our next program will be run in 2022.