What do I Need to Know?
From social care to renovating historic monuments, charity fundraising to grass roots football, volunteers are a hugely important resource. According to the latest Active People survey, over 5.5 million people regularly volunteer in sport and motorsport is no exception.
Marshalling is a great way for motor racing enthusiasts to become actively involved with the sport, contributing towards its ongoing success. Without the dedicated men and women who regularly support circuit racing, hill climbs, sprints, rallies and more, there would be very little motorsport in the UK. And, under current international regulations, without marshals, no ‘licensed’ motorsport could take place.
The UK has established a global reputation for the highest levels of motorsport safety. Marshals are part of a team that ensures these standard are consistently maintained, helping the sport we love to thrive. Every competitive motorsport meeting the BARC organises needs marshals and whatever their role, this contributes to both the event’s success and the smooth running of the entire organisation.
Accessible to All
Most of us know that maintaining good mobility and a general level of fitness contributes positively to personal wellbeing, helping us to get more out of life. They’re also beneficial for dealing with the long, demanding days marshals are sometimes expected to endure. However, the BARC Marshals Team is committed to making motorsport volunteering accessible to all. So, whatever your level of ability, we will work with you, endeavouring to identify a suitable role. And, if your circumstances change, we will make every effort to find ways of keeping you actively involved.
Opportunities are also available for those individuals fortunate enough to be under eighteen years of age. However, these are governed by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) Under 18 Marshal Policies. As the UK’s governing body, the MSA classifies those between eleven and sixteen years of age as Cadet Marshals and those between sixteen and eighteen years as Marshals. Under these policies, the duties a Cadet Marshal can fulfil are limited and they must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or formally authorised temporary carer at all times. Those marshals between sixteen and eighteen are allowed far more freedom and scope, but still require the consent of a parent or guardian for each day they attend an event.
To discover more about the opportunities available for younger motorsport enthusiasts, please get in touch with our Officials Secretary, Paula Brown. Paula is normally available from 09:00 until 17:00 most weekdays on 01264 882 210 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you prefer.
Does Marshalling Involve a Big Commitment?
As with many other activities, the more you put in, the greater the benefits that will result. However, your level of commitment is totally flexible and every contribution made will be greatly appreciated. As a guide, the MSA recommends a minimum of four days marshalling every year, in addition to attending a training day every two years.