Truro High School in Cornwall has broken new ground by becoming the first school in the country to be recognised as a Motorsport UK club.
After seven years competing in the Greenpower F24 and F24+ series, the independent all-girls school joins the ranks of over 700 Motorsport UK registered clubs.
David Richards CBE, Chairman of Motorsport UK, welcomed the news as an important step towards broader representation within motorsport.
“At Motorsport UK, our major focus is directed towards encouraging young people into motorsport and the benefits that participation can offer to their education and the curriculum in general,” he said. “To see a girls’ school join 720 other clubs as members of Motorsport UK is an encouraging endorsement of our efforts.”
Motorsport UK recognition means the school can now take part in events organised by other recognised clubs, and invite entries to its own events, too. There are also plans for the students to train as marshals.
Sarah Matthews, the school’s Headmistress, said: “It is a real honour to be the only school in the UK to be invited to join the national community of car clubs and the opportunities this will offer our girls are completely unprecedented. To be recognised in this way is a testament to the dedication of our Greenpower staff and volunteers as well as the enthusiasm of our girls.”
Motorsport broadcaster Louise Goodman is among the high-profile supporters of the school’s motorsport endeavours. “Motorsport is a long-held passion of mine and it’s great to see that so many of the students at Truro High School for Girls share that passion,” she said. “The fact they’re girls makes it even better as it helps to quash the silly belief that still pervades in some quarters, that motorsport is ‘for the boys’.”
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