All motorsport events, from Formula 1 grands prix to club-level Hill Climbs, need volunteers to help run them safely and effectively. From pits and paddock to trackside, they do everything from essential administrative work to providing life-saving safety cover.
In general terms, there are none. Volunteers are welcome at any age, although the duties of young people may be limited in certain situations. Those aged between their 11th and 16th birthdays qualify as cadet marshals and though are unable to perform trackside duties can get involved in a host of other interesting roles.
Motor sport offers ‘equal opportunities’ at all levels, although there are a few legal exemptions, including certain competitor disabilities and minimum ages for both competing and officiating.
If you already have special skills – technical, mechanical, rescue, vehicle recovery, medical, first aid or administration – you may wish to use them as a volunteer in motor sport.
Who should I contact?
The best place to start is Volunteers in Motorsport, an MSA-backed initiative to encourage more people like you to become involved with the sport. This programme has been set up specifically to get you on track for action, a crucial involvement in motor sport and making new friends.
Other useful contacts include:
In fact the majority of local and national motor clubs will be looking for a range of volunteers.
Seminars and Training Days
Attendance at Training Days and Seminars is an integral part of being a motor sport official. All MSA-supported training days are online on the Volunteers in Motorsport website – you can even register for the day online.