Marshals are a vital part of motorsport and the numbers needed to run a race meeting, stage rally or hillclimb can be really quite high. Clubs across Scotland have been recruiting heavily through 2015, and we now have 274 registered marshals across Scotland. There are also many more who haven’t yet registered but continue to provide invaluable support at events across Scotland.
Learning more about marshalling as a trainee, progressing through the different grades, trying a new discipline or just keeping up to date are all important to ensure that Scotland’s marshalling volunteers continue to be world class.
To support this the Scottish Association of Car Clubs and the Scottish Motorsport Marshals Club, together with a number of other clubs across Scotland have put together a comprehensive training programme for marshals for 2016. This continues to develop and includes training for everyone whether new to marshalling, or senior officials who have been running events for many years. For race marshals this will be based at the home of Scottish Motor Racing, at Knockhill Circuit in Fife, hosted by SMRC, whilst for Rally, Speed and Cross Country Marshals there will be a number of days throughout the year, and in different locations in the North, central areas and South of Scotland covering the range of modules to allow marshals to progress through the grading scheme.
We are currently developing web pages to host details of training events, and to enable people to register to attend events. This will be coming soon but in the meantime check out www.scottishcarclubs.com or www.smmc.org.uk for details of these training days as they emerge.
The New Year starts with a few dates for your diary:
23-Jan-16 Rally Radio Training Central Scotland
30-Jan-16 Rally/Speed/XC Training North of Scotland
30-Jan-16 Rescue Training Newbridge, Edinburgh
31-Jan-16 Rescue Training Newbridge, Edinburgh
6-Feb-16 Rally/Speed/XC Training South of Scotland
13-Feb-16 Club Stewards Central Scotland
14-Feb-16 Senior Event Officials Central Scotland
13&14 Feb-16 Rally Stage Commanders Central Scotland (2 day course)
27-Feb-16 Rally/Speed/XC Training Central Scotland
13-Mar-16 Race Marshals Training Knockhill, Fife
26-Mar 16 Rally/Speed/XC Training North of Scotland
3-Apr-16 Rally/Speed/XC Training South of Scotland
Further details of these events, and those later in the year, including the modules they cover will be available on the website soon. This will include details of how to register. To contact us you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
First up will be the Radio Training aimed at Radio Marshals or budding Radio Marshals at Rallies or Cross Country Events. This will be held at Knockhill Racing Circuit in The Clubhouse on 23 January, with signing on from 0900. There will be a limit to attendance so please book early to avoid disappointment – if you are interested or to register your attendance please email email@example.com
This training programme is being made possible through the support of the British Motor Sports Training Trust. We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!