Motorsport targets under-16s

The chairman of the Motor Sports Council, Graham Stoker, has called upon all disciplines within UK motorsport to investigate how the sport can attract more young people into its ranks, in particular those aged under 16

Motorsport targets under-16s

"There is ever increasing competition for the attention of young people," Stoker said. "If motorsport doesn't catch their interest when they're young, it's unlikely that we'll be able to get them later on. There are many ways of getting involved in motorsport that are not governed by age or financial restrictions and these are the areas we want to highlight to people."

The new initiative is aimed at drawing attention to the huge number of opportunities for young people to become involved in motorsport, not just through driving, but through rally schools, volunteer officials and marshalling.

"It's not just about driving," said John Richardson, chairman of the MSA's Rallies Committee. "We need to show young people that they don't have to be behind the wheel to have a great time with motorsport. It is a fantastic way to get involved with the sport and, if and when they do start driving competitively, they will have a much better knowledge of the sport which can only help their progress."

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