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sportscotland confirms funding for motor sport Development Officer in Scotland

Scottish Motor Sports, the new strategic body representing the interests of both two- and four-wheel motor sport in Scotland, has secured funding from sportscotland to recruit a full-time Development Officer.

SMS was formed as a result of a project started with sportscotland by the relevant governing bodies, the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and the Scottish Auto Cycle Union (SACU) in 2011. It provides a single channel for the sport to communicate with the Scottish Government and its associated agencies, such as sportscotland, Event Scotland and Visit Scotland.

The group unveiled a new website at the start of the year and released a brochure aimed at raising awareness of the extraordinary impact that Scotland has had on the history of motor sport. Building on this great heritage, SMS believes that the creation of a Development Officer position is critical to establishing future success.

Reporting to the SMS group and acting as an integral part of the SMS management team, the role of National Development Officer will be to:

  • Lead and manage the Development function of SMS, taking responsibility for the creation of a new SMS Strategic Plan
  • Shape the strategic direction of Scottish Motor Sports at senior management, local and grass roots levels
  • Provide impetus to vital development priorities
  • Maximise the benefits to both four- wheel and two-wheel motorsport of strong partnerships at national, regional and local levels.

“This is an exciting time to be involved with motor sport in Scotland,” says Tom Purves, SMS Chairman. “Initially we wanted to demonstrate the significance of the sport to our country and I am delighted that as a result sportscotland has subsequently supported our funding application. The role of the Development Officer is now a critical one; he or she will be required to work with us in establishing what the sport needs in Scotland and how best that can be achieved. If we get this right, it will have a significant impact on our sport and all its participants.”

Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said: “We are delighted to have supported Scottish Motor Sports with an investment of £40,000 to create a development officer role. Scotland has a proud motor sport history, and this position will help the next generation of champions to flourish, as well as providing a solid base from which to progress the sport to another level.”

The Development Officer job description and application form can be found at

For further information and the latest updates, visit or follow @SMS_Scotland on Twitter. To download the SMS brochure, please click here:

7 July 2013