Motorsport UK Safeguarding Statement
Motorsport UK recognises the sentencing of Michael Kellard by Bournemouth Crown Court to 18-years in prison.
Following a trial at Bournemouth Crown Court, on 8 November 2023, Kellard was found guilty of 15 sexual offences that occurred between 2002 and 2005.
Motorsport UK welcomes the sentence handed down and commends the bravery of the victims and witnesses for speaking out. Furthermore, Motorsport UK extends its thanks to the authorities for handling the case in an effective and sensitive manner.
It is always extremely distressing to hear of incidents of abuse or maltreatment within sport, an environment in which participants of all ages must be able to feel safe and respected. The safety and wellbeing of our community continues to be Motorsport UK’s highest priority. Participant safety and welfare is a key pillar of our strategy to inspire and enable more people to participate in our sport in a safe, fair, fun, inclusive and progressive environment.
When concerns were raised about Michael Kellard, Motorsport UK took steps to prevent him from obtaining a licence and banned him from working, volunteering and/or attending any Motorsport UK Permitted Event while the investigation was ongoing. Under Motorsport UK’s jurisdiction, he is now permanently excluded from motorsport.
With the consent of Dorset Police and relevant statutory bodies, Motorsport UK commits to conducting a full review of the matter and consequent actions available to us.
Motorsport UK and the local statutory bodies in Dorset strongly encourage anyone with any further information or concerns to speak with the Motorsport UK Safeguarding Team or to Dorset Police directly.
Motorsport UK can also assist members of our community who are impacted by this or similar matters by providing advice, guidance and support.
If you are worried about the behaviours of those involved in motorsport (regardless of when actions may have occurred) please contact the Safeguarding Team at email@example.com.
Information and support for victims of abuse can be found on the following webpages: https://www.motorsportuk.org/the-sport/safeguarding/.