Shadow Sports Minister endorses MSA's Let's Go Karting initiative
Hugh Robertson MP, the Shadow Minister for Sport and the Olympics, visited BuckmorePark kart circuit in Kent on Monday to experience first-hand the Motor Sports Association’s Let’s Go Karting programme.
Set up to attract more young people from all backgrounds to try motor sport, Let’s Go Karting provides an opportunity for children from eight to 16 years of age to experience the thrills and spills of karting for just £5. All equipment is provided, as is a full introduction and briefing from experienced instructors, meaning that no-one has to purchase their own equipment before having a go. More than 3,000 experiences have been delivered around the country since the launch last summer and the scheme will be extended to 20 venues this year.
“It’s fabulous to see these youngsters having their first taste of a very exciting and engaging sport,” enthused Robertson, whose neighbouring Faversham and Mid Kent constituency is just a couple of miles from the track. “I am delighted that the MSA is investing in the future generations and breaking down the barriers to make the sport more accessible to people from all walks of life. Lewis Hamilton started here and he is a great example of someone without a lot of money that has come through the ranks through sheer determination and talent. Maybe one of these children might go on to become F1 World Champion in 2020?”
Mr Robertson was joined at BuckmorePark by MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton who explained the scheme and illustrated how it fits into the governing body’s investment in developing the sport at grass roots level.
“There is a surge of interest in motor sport coming through right now, thanks to Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button,” confirmed Hilton. “We are subsidising this programme significantly because we want to make motor sport as accessible as possible and we believe that a structured and safe experience for just £5 is a great message to be sending out. It is also an important part of our wider Go Motorsport programme that is aiming to get new people involved in the sport whether as a competitor, spectator or volunteer.”
For more information on Let’s Go Karting, including a list of participating venues, please visit www.letsgokarting.net.
Image shows Hugh Robertson MP, Shadow Minister for Sport and the Olympics (right) and Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the Motor Sports Association, together with local children taking part in a Let's Go Karting event at Buckmore Park, Kent.
Release MSA08-018: 20 May 2009
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