Sir Jackie Stewart joined representatives from sportscotland, the MSA and the Scottish Auto Cycle Union at Ingliston to announce a new partnership to grow motorsport in Scotland.
Backed by a sportscotland cash injection worth £360,000 over four years, Scottish Motor Sports (SMS) has created two new roles – National Development Manager and National Development Officer – to deliver a new strategy, which aims to increase membership by 10 per cent in Scotland.
This will be achieved by working with the clubs to increase the number of qualified coaches, building stronger relationships between clubs and local authorities, and developing greater opportunities for student participation.
Speaking at the Ingliston launch today, sportscotland Chief Executive Stewart Harris said: "This new partnership is about providing SMS with the resources to capitalise on the popularity of the sport and to give more people the chance to experience the excitement for themselves.
"This initiative, together with others like Susie Wolff’s Dare to Be Different programme for girls, have a big part to play in highlighting participation opportunities in motorsport in Scotland and crucially, to create more."
Sir Jackie echoed Harris’s sentiments. “Scotland needs more champions in the world of motorsport,” said the triple F1 champion. “To be global champions is a very big challenge. We have to excite more people in Scotland about motor sport in general. We have also got to encourage more people to come to racing and rally events."
SMS Chairman and MSA Board member Tom Purves added: "I am delighted to see the commitment of sportscotland to developing the sport which has brought so many world-class participants from Scotland and given Scots immense pride in their success."
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