Almost 100 delegates attended the first two in a series of safety-related seminars given by the Motor Sports Association last weekend. The two full-day events, created in association with the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and with the support of significant partnership funding from the FIA’s Motor Sport Safety Development Fund, covered the topics of Officials Skills Safety Training and Facility Safety Improvement.
Saturday’s seminar for Officials was aimed at senior Clerks of Course and Stewards. Topics covered included safety statistics, the role of the Event Safety Officer, links between motor sport and road safety, communications and the media and the judicial process.
Sunday’s event was for the benefit of venue owners and operators and covered subjects including the design of circuits, safety considerations of temporary venues, managing the risk, the requirement for kart venues and a case study on the project to prepare Wembley for the Race of Champions.
Each topic was delivered by respected experts in their field and well received by the delegates. On Saturday afternoon, informative sessions of facilitated workshops then enabled some of the issues raised during the presentations to be explored in more detail.
There was a strong international presence with representatives from Australia, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands. The FIA Institute’s Education Programmes Co-ordinator, Jennifer Larkin, was also in attendance to observe the proceedings.
The two seminars will be repeated on the first weekend in December and although the Officials session is already full, a few places may be available for the Facilities event on Sunday 6th December.
Allan Dean-Lewis MBE, Head of External Affairs for the MSA, commented:
“We had a very productive and enjoyable two days. Among the delegates were some of the most senior people in UK motor sport, as well as a number of our international colleagues. We strongly believe that no one country is more important than another in motor sport, but that we can all learn much from each other and this was very much reflected in the feedback we received. We are grateful for the support of the FIA Institute and the FIA Motor Sport Safety Development Fund which has been instrumental in enabling us to put on such a high level seminar to raise awareness of safety issues throughout the sport.”
Release MSA09-044: 21 October 2009