Motorsport UK pledges to support British Armed Forces

Tuesday 05 March 2024

Motorsport UK is proud to announce it has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, committing the organisation to give its ongoing support to the Armed Forces Community. 

By signing the Covenant, Motorsport UK officially recognises the value Service personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to the motorsport community and to the United Kingdom.  

Hugh Chambers, Motorsport UK CEO, signed the Armed Forces Covenant alongside General Dan Reeve, President of the Armed Forces Motorsport Association, at the National Transition Event, held at Silverstone Circuit.  

The event, which is supported by both the Ministry of Defence and the Office for Veterans’ Affairs, offers service leavers, veterans, and their partners the opportunity to find out about careers and community activities away from the military.  

Motorsport UK moved its Headquarters to Bicester Heritage, formerly RAF Bicester, in 2021 and through the signing of the Covenant, further commits the organisation to be a custodian of unique military sites and to preserve the history of the Armed Forces.  

Motorsport UK will uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant and commits to supporting the employment of veterans by acknowledging military skills and qualifications in the organisation’s recruitment and selection process. 

Furthermore, Motorsport UK will continue to support the Race of Remembrance initiative, run by Mission Motorsport, and Remembrance Day through development and delivery of various initiatives.  

Lastly, Motorsport UK will provide opportunities for members of the Armed Forces, including local cadet units, to join volunteer schemes, such as Marshalling or Officiating at events, to give them unique motorsport experiences.  

Hugh Chambers, Motorsport UK Chief Executive Officer, commented, “As a country we owe so much to our military veterans. And, as a sport, we are custodians of many unique ex-military sites for various motorsport events – including Silverstone Circuit and Bicester Heritage, our home, which were both once military bases. We’re also very thankful to existing Ministry of Defence sites providing venues for a wide range of motorsport activities.  

“Many of our members have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces and we have several registered Clubs actively participating in the sport. We commit to fully integrating these groups into the wider Motorsport UK community to provide a safe and welcoming environment.  

“We are proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and to commit to preserving the history, providing opportunities and demonstrating the importance of the Armed Forces.”