Exciting changes are planned to improve the Marshals’ Pathway, creating a clear development route for new and existing volunteers in the sport.
Volunteer marshals are the beating heart of UK motorsport. Proudly standing out in their orange overalls or marshals’ tabards, they are vital to the safe and effective running of events all over the country.
For anyone who is passionate about motorsport but does not necessarily want to get behind the wheel, becoming a marshal is a great way to get close to the action.
The role involves a wide range of essential duties to help events to run safely and effectively, from clearing debris and managing spectators to operating a start, finish line or assembly area. Being a marshal affords you one of the best seats in the house and the opportunity to go behind-the- scenes at all of the most exciting championships and events.
Motorsport UK is keen to encourage more people to take up this role, young or old, and is undertaking a review of the Marshals’ Development Pathway in conjunction with the Marshals’ Advisory Group and other key stakeholders including clubs and regional associations.
As part of its ongoing commitment to deliver a sustainable future for the sport, one of the aims of the governing body is to help increase volunteer participation in every discipline. To that end, all discipline-specific Trainee Marshal grades (Accredited Marshal in Rally and Cross-Country) will be renamed Registered Marshal, meaning that volunteers will be able to expand their knowledge by experiencing some of the other exciting disciplines on offer. Those who currently hold a grade above Trainee will also have Registered Marshal added to their registration card, which will create a larger pool of marshals for organising clubs to call upon. This change will automatically happen upon renewal for 2022, so current members do not need to take any action.
James Betchley, Officials’ Pathway Manager at Motorsport UK, said: “Marshalling is a fantastic way to get involved with motorsport and by creating a multi-discipline marshalling grade, our volunteers will have the opportunity to utilise their skills in different environments, boosting the number of marshals available to events and providing an opportunity to experience all of the different disciplines.”
As the governing body of four-wheeled motorsport in the United Kingdom, Motorsport UK have a duty of care to its volunteers and competitors and will also be launching introductory online training modules for new marshals.
James explained: “These will be undertaken as part of the registration process for first-time applicants and this means we can equip them with the correct knowledge to be able to carry out their role safely, leading to a safe, fair and fun sport for all.”
Nadine Lewis, Chair of the Marshals’ Advisory Group, said: “Bringing in the multi-discipline Registered Marshal grade recognises the importance of all our volunteers and is a clear first step on the Marshals’ Pathway. This is a great step forward in recognition of our volunteers, and I look forward to its continued development.”
All marshals are strongly encouraged to register with Motorsport UK, as this is the best way to ensure that they receive the proper training for their role regardless of the discipline. Those participating in Clubman level events (such as Autotests, Sporting Trials and Navigational Rallies) are particularly encouraged to join. Being a Motorsport UK Registered Marshal also gives access to the governing body’s Member Benefits Programme, which provides exclusive discounts and offers from major retailers and automotive partners.
Current marshals will be able to renew their membership and new marshals can access the online training and registration system via: www.motorsportuk.org from late August.
Source: Revolution, July 2021