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Future of Scottish Rallying – Open Meeting: 18 August, Stirling

 
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Future of Scottish Rallying – Open Meeting: 18 August, Stirling
by Garry Headridge - Sunday, 28 July 2019, 11:28 PM
 

An open meeting for everyone with an interest to give their input to help shape what our sport will look like. There is one agenda item: How can we ensure our sport survives and thrives going forward?

You may have seen the following message on social media last week following the unfortunate cancellation of the Solway Coast Rally, an event where the Club was due to provide radio communications.

This is an open meeting and you are welcome to attend or provide your input direct to the organisers. However, as a Club we would encourage you to provide any thoughts and views direct to us and we will submit a consolidated list to the organisers on behalf of our members.

If you wish your views to be included please provide these to me, garryheadridge79@btinternet.com, by 12 August at the latest.


Rallying in Scotland going forward
– Open Meeting

I think it’s fair to say that a great many of us within the sport we love in Scotland have concerns for what it’s going to look like going forward.

In 2019 alone we have seen events cancelled due to both weather and lack of entries. We have seen long established existing events struggle to be viable, and entries have been down across the board. If we look back just a little further there is a worrying trend there.

This has affected both gravel events in the SRC, and tarmac events in the STRC, and we believe that it’s time to try and put our heads together, and have some input into what the sport will look like for 2020 and beyond.

We have the return of Mull and the Jim Clark on closed roads, and the legislation in place with the possibility for more of these type of events. A lot has changed in the last few years

To that end, a group of competitors have arranged a venue at Stirling University on Sunday 18th August to hold an open meeting. We would like to invite everyone with an interest to give their input to help shape what our sport will look like. We feel it’s important to point out that this meeting has been organised and driven forward by competitors, although it has been done with the knowledge and buy-in of the two main championships. But the meeting is open to anyone who feels passionate enough about the sport to attend

Championships and Individual Event organisers will be invited, and encouraged to attend, as will representatives from Motorsport UK.

The idea is simple – there is one agenda item. How can we ensure our sport survives and thrives going forward? We will all have our opinions and ideas, but unless we share them with a wider audience and try and develop these ideas, then how can we expect things to get better? We are all passionate about our sport, and we believe that we can use that passion, knowledge and experience to get through this difficult time.

With people from all sides of the sport in the same room at the same time it’s a chance to get any ideas and opinions in an open format, with the people who matter in the room. Event dates and championship calendars will be fixed for next season shortly, so this meeting is a chance to have your say about what you want them to look like.


Meeting Details

Date: Sunday 18th August

Venue: Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Time: 13:30

To help us gauge numbers, can you please get in touch with any of the following people:

We realise that not everyone who would like to attend will be able to, and we would welcome any input through social media, e-mail, phone, letter, carrier pigeon etc.

This is your sport and we look forward to hearing from you.