|In 2007, under the existing Training Steering Group, the MSA will create the Marshals Working Group and the Volunteers in Motorsport Working Group. These sub-committees will be responsible for bringing issues affecting marshals and volunteer officials to the legislative process, particularly pertaining to recruitment, retention, training and working conditions.
It has also been proposed that marshals` interests should be better represented on the Motor Sports Council and in this respect specific responsibility will be taken on by Nicky Moffitt, Chairman of the Regional Committee.
In addition, the hugely respected Barry ‘Whizzo` Williams – President of the British Motorsport Marshals Club – will join the Race Committee from the start of 2007, bringing his wealth of experience to the table with regard to circuit racing.
Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the Motor Sports Association, says:
“Volunteer officials and marshals are essential to the sport and the falling numbers have been identified as one of the most serious issues facing the future development of the sport. In recognition of this we launched the MSA Volunteers in Motorsport programme last year and this has not only helped to halt the decline but has also led directly to an increase of more than 500 registered marshals in its first year.
“We have now looked at the structure of the sport to make sure that the marshalling community is well represented on our committees and these changes should ensure that they have a stronger voice in the legislative process. We believe that this is a significant step forward and is recognition of the important role of marshals and volunteer officials in the sport.”
These proposals will be taken to the Motor Sports Council for approval at its next meeting in February 2007, after which time the make up of the sub-committees will be finalised.
Release MSA06-051: 13 October 2006
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