Motorsport UK Safeguarding Statement

Thursday 23 November 2023

Motorsport UK recognises the decision taken by Bournemouth Crown Court, which found Michael Kellard guilty of 15 sexual offences that occurred between 2002 and 2005.

Motorsport UK welcomes this conviction and commends the bravery of the victims and witnesses for speaking out and thanks the authorities for handling the case in an effective and sensitive manner.

Motorsport UK fully understands that our community is concerned about this news involving a person that had a position of trust within the karting community.

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.

Motorsport UK has worked closely, and continues to collaborate fully, with Dorset Police and other statutory bodies on all aspects of this case.

Following the completion of Dorset Police investigations and the relevant statutory body processes, and with their consent, 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.

Information and support for victims of abuse can be found on the following webpages: