Anglia Motor Sport Club recognised with 2022 Motorsport UK Club of the Year Award
Motorsport UK is pleased to announce Anglia Motor Sport Club (AMSC) as the winners of the 2022 Club of the Year Award.
In its 30th year, the Club of the Year Award celebrates the fantastic activity that Motorsport UK’s member clubs put on over the course of each calendar year, and the promotion of opportunities by a club to compete, volunteer and socialise as part of the UK’s vibrant motorsport community.
Formed in 2012, the AMSC were among the first approved clubs to sign up to Motorsport UK’s StreetCar campaign under the backdrop of their mission statement – to help improve the grassroots motorsport scene in East Anglia, with a focus on uniting and promoting positive collaboration between the 12 principal motor clubs in the region.
The AMSC have been at the forefront of a push for greater inclusivity and accessibility within grassroots motorsport through their Better Together initiative. Launched in 2021 and formed of presentation evenings, social media campaigns and a code of conduct for participants, the initiative has had a marked difference.
This includes the adoption of the Better Together logo by member clubs, an active drive to improve inclusivity by individual event organisers through feedback and better reporting mechanisms, to the provision of female toilets at events and a more inclusive structure to awards.
The AMSC also ran 17 events as part of Motorsport Month Anglia, attended over ten local community events over the course of the year and have pioneered new channels and content on their social media platforms, including engagement with campaigns such as International Women’s Day, Armed Forces Day and British Motorsport Day.
AMSC was also one of the first seven clubs to sign up to StreetCar, committing to the promotion and growth of the 12 disciplines at a grassroots level of the sport.
“We’re honoured to receive this award as it recognises the innovative work in East Anglia that we are so proud of,” commented the Club team. “Anglia Motor Sport Club was established in 2013 to combat the challenges faced in grassroots motorsport. The Club has enabled us to develop new approaches and initiatives to break down barriers. It’s a long and continuous journey, but a rewarding one that so many members have contributed towards.
“This award has fueled our determination to continue developing motorsport and to secure its long-term future. Let’s make motorsport accessible to all.”
Hugh Chambers, Motorsport UK Chief Executive Officer, said: “I would like to congratulate Anglia Motor Sport Club on being named as our Club of the Year.
“Their work to expand their audience, engage with the community and be a positive promoter for greater inclusivity and accessibility to the sport at a grassroots level is commendable. It’s a fantastic example of how, at a local level, each of our member clubs can be a real force for positive change.
“In what is a landmark year for this award, with its 30th running, they are a fitting winner.”
Selected as runners-up for the award were Farnborough Motor Club. Among their achievements in 2022, the club helped raise over £350,000 for charity as a founding member of Abingdon CAR-nival, staged three outreach events to drive new membership, in addition to their regular programme of c.20 events over the year, and trained six new members of their event organising team.
Geoff Wade, Farnborough District Motor Club, commented: “FDMC are delighted that the hard work of our army of unpaid volunteers – including Event Organising Teams, our Committee, our Marshals and all of our other volunteers – has been recognised by Motorsport UK. It couldn’t and wouldn’t happen without them.”