07 July 2020, 11:00 to 12:00

DIRTT Project Webinar - EU Reference Group

The DIRTT project (Developing Intereuropean Resources for Trail building Training) springs from the core of Europe’s mountain bike enthusiasts, volunteers and professionals trail builders and training provders in the MTB trail sector. The aim is to develop trail building guidelines with an educational framework addressing the needs of professionals and volunteers in the domain planning, design, construction, maintenance and management.


As part of the second work package, a MTB trail sector survey has been executed by Napier Edinburgh University to define the training needs of various stakeholders and identify possible skills & knowledge gaps. In total, 121 survey respondents (representing organisations that operate in the domain of trail planning, design, construction and management) from 16 different European countries provided data suitable for inclusion in this project. The main findings of this report are that there is clear demand within the mountain bike trail sector for certified training, and that particular priority is based on the construction and maintenance sectors. Key themes for training requirements included but were not limited to sustainability, safety, drainage, and documentation. 

In addition to this, a rider (consumer) survey has been conducted by the project partners to learn more about current trail preferences, motivation and attitudes towards nature conservation and sustainability principles. 

During this one hour webinar, the main results of the survey will be presented. The last part of the seminar will focus on the next stage of the project in which we will outline the contours of the future training framework. The delivery of the framework can change slightly per country. One of the deliverables of this project is to develop a level 5 EQF (higher vocational education) program in the field of trail building. 

Target group

This webinar is aimed at people working in the MTB trail sector and are part of the European reference group. If your organisation or company is located in one of the project partner countries (Norway, Denmark, Scotland, the Netherlands, Switzerland or Portugal) we suggest to contact the relevant project partner to participate in a national reference group. 

Register in advance 

When: July 7th, 2020, 03.00 - 04.00 PM CEST
Zoom meeting
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