The Motor Sports Association has been awarded significant partnership funding by the FIA’s Motor Sport Safety Development Fund to run a series of safety-related seminars in the UK.
The MSA will arrange two full-day seminars each on the topics of Facility Safety Improvement and Officials Skills Safety Training, both of which are open for applications both from UK personnel and also from other national governing bodies (ASNs) around the world.
The MSA will receive additional funding to promote driver safety training and development for each of the members of the MSA’s Elite and Academy schemes. This will involve recognised advanced driving assessment, discipline-specific track tuition, competitive evaluations and psychometric testing to improve driver safety on both public road and in elite competition. An evaluation workshop and subsequent training sessions will be delivered as part of the ongoing 2009 MSA Elite Driver programme.
The FIA Motor Sport Safety Development Fund, which is part of the FIA Foundation, has been created to manage the distribution of motor sport safety-related grants worldwide and is administered by the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety. The Fund’s resources were donated by the FIA as a result of the fine arising from the dispute between McLaren and Ferrari in the 2007 Formula One Championship.
For the Facilities and Officials seminars, the MSA has sent invitation letters to MSA-registered Clerks and Stewards, Championship Co-ordinators, Track Licence holders, Venue operators and MSA clubs, as well as to many international ASNs. To date, more than 100 people have booked their places and international attendance has been confirmed from at least seven ASNs.
The seminars will take place on 10th & 11th October at Donington and 5th & 6th December in Coventry.
The Officials Skills Safety Training takes place on the two Saturdays and will include topics such as legislation, risk assessments and incident analysis, reporting protocols and procedures. The Sundays’ Facility Safety Improvement events will include topics such as venue design, construction, maintenance & management all under the overall umbrella of safety and risk management. Importantly, each session will provide an important opportunity to discuss best practice in facilitated groups to achieve a greater level of learning and understanding.
As a result of the FIA funding, the full-day seminars will be completely free of charge for all attendees, including lunch and refreshments.
Anyone wishing to be considered for attendance must complete an application form which is available from Richard Nunn at the MSA: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01753 765000.
Release MSA09-034: 2 September 2009