The Motor Sports Association’s Let’s Go Karting scheme – which offers introductory karting sessions for just £5 – has delivered more than 10,000 experiences since its launch just two years ago.
The programme, which is heavily subsidised by the MSA, currently operates at 20 venues across the UK. It provides karts, safety equipment and qualified instructors to enable young people to experience the thrill of karting – traditionally the first rung of the motor sport ladder – without first needing to invest in their own equipment.
MSA Chief Executive, Colin Hilton, said: “Let’s Go Karting is a fundamental part of the MSA’s strategy to get more people involved in motor sport. It has been hugely successful not only in terms of attracting new recruits, but also in demonstrating that motor sport is not exclusive and elitist. Of course, the full benefits of this type of programme are rarely seen in terms of licence increases in the early years, but we know anecdotally that it is having a very positive impact on the sport.”
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is the national governing body for four-wheeled motor sport in the UK, responsible for the regulation and administration of the sport. The MSA is a member of the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and holds a seat on the World Motor Sport Council. The MSA represents 33,000 licence holders, 15,000 volunteer marshals and officials, more than 750 member clubs and issues permits for 5000 motor sport events every year.
In recent years the MSA has expanded its remit to cover the development of the sport and currently invests in excess of £1m a year in the three elements of its Whole Sport Plan. ‘Grow’ targets an increase in participation levels, ‘Sustain’ invests in the infrastructure of the sport, its clubs and its people, and ‘Excel’ focuses on training future world champions and educating their peers.
Release MSA10-045: 27 August 2010
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