The Motor Sports Association (MSA) – governing body of UK motor sport – has secured a grant from Sport England to help promote the British Schools Karting Championship and develop karting as a sport within British schools.
The grant represents the first ever funding secured for motor sport from Sport England and recognises the recent progress made by the MSA which included the development of a Whole Sport Plan for motor sport earlier this year. Significantly, the grant – which was secured in partnership with the CCPR – also serves to recognise motor sport as a bona fide physical activity and the social benefits and opportunity that it can bring.
The British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) is a nationwide team-based karting championship for school and college students aged 13 to 18. In just three years the BSKC has grown from a handful of schools in the London area to include 193 schools across 27 different regions in the UK. The Sport England award will help to grow the championship further and increase the opportunity for thousands of young people to take part in this exciting sport.
It is anticipated that the grant will enable the number of participating schools to pass the 300 mark next year, thanks to the provision of additional marketing resources and the possibility of financial assistance through the form of bursaries for schools from economically deprived areas.
Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive said:
“It is highly significant that we have been able to make a successful application to Sport England for funding and we are grateful to the CCPR for their assistance. The BSKC has great potential to reach a whole new audience of motor sport enthusiasts with a cost-effective and well organised offering and ticks all the boxes in terms of social inclusion and accessibility. We look forward to working closely with Will Tew to achieve his targets.”
Will Tew, founder of the BSKC, commented:
“I am delighted that through working with the MSA we have been able to secure substantial funding from Sport England. I setup the BSKC because I know how much I wanted to race karts when I was younger but I never had the chance. It gives me great pleasure therefore to think how many more young people will get the chance to take part in this fantastic sport because of the award from Sport England and the hard work of the MSA.”
For more information about the British Schools Karting Championship please visit: www.bskc.co.uk
Release MSA09-054: 2 December 2009