All motorsport events, from Formula 1 grands prix to club-level Hill Climbs, need volunteers to help run them safely and effectively. From pits and paddock to trackside, they do everything from essential administrative work to providing life-saving safety cover.

Minimum Requirements

In general terms, there are none. Volunteers are welcome at any age, although the duties of young people may be limited in certain situations. Those aged between their 11th and 16th birthdays qualify as cadet marshals and though are unable to perform trackside duties can get involved in a host of other interesting roles.

Motorsport offers ‘equal opportunities’ at all levels, although there are a few legal exemptions, including certain competitor disabilities and minimum ages for both competing and officiating.

If you already have special skills – technical, mechanical, rescue, vehicle recovery, medical, first aid or administration – you may wish to use them as a volunteer in motorsport.

Clerks & Stewards

Clerk of the Course

The Clerk of the Course has overall responsibility for the general conduct and control of an event in accordance with the Regulations, Programme and Organising Permit. As such, they act as the sport’s first judicial body, having the power to impose penalties in accordance with the regulations.

The Clerk of the Course may be nominated by the organisers of the event to the requirements of Motorsport UK, who may require certain Clerks of the Course to be licensed Officials.

As a Senior Official, the Clerk of the Course must be at least 18 years of age. They liaise closely with the Stewards throughout the event to ensure its safe running.

The training for a Motorsport UK Clerk of the Course is conducted via a modular training programme, during which time they are classed as a Probationary Clerk. – Clerks for some grass roots level Motorsport don’t have to go through the modular training programme.

Once the modular training programme has been completed they will undergo and pass an assessment before a full Clerks licence is granted.

Stewards

The Motorsport UK Steward’s main duties are to see ‘fair play’ to ensure that the event is being run in a safe manner. The Chief Steward at the event is appointed by Motorsport UK, whilst Club Stewards can be appointed by the organising club.

The Stewards of the Meeting act as the second judicial body at any event, and are responsible for hearing and adjudicating upon any appeal against a decision by the Clerk of the Course or other official.

As a Senior Official, the Motorsport UK Steward must be at least 18 years of age. They should be thoroughly experienced in motorsport and of those appointed by the organising club, at least one must be a person whose motorsporting activity is not confined to that club alone and who is not an Official of that club.

Motorsport UK Stewards Training is conducted via a modular training programme, followed by a period as a Probationary Steward before a Full Stewards licence is granted.

Marshals

Marshalling is for anybody who is interested in and wants to be involved in Motorsport. You don’t need any special skills or qualifications to start, just common sense and a reasonably developed sense of self-preservation.

As you become more involved you will be able to take advantage of training funded by the sport’s governing body, Motorsport UK and run by individual motor clubs, Regional Associations or the clubs set up to cater specifically for marshals like the British Motorsport Marshals Club. Further information and resources regarding marshalling can be found on the Motorsport UK website.

The British Motorsport Marshals Club is the main channel through which marshals get information about the hundreds of motorsport meetings held throughout Britain each year. We have an online volunteering system, where marshals can see events at circuits throughout the country and can volunteer for duties online. Details of events are also circulated to BMMC members through the Club’s regional magazines.

A number of clubs will also operate their own volunteering systems should you just wish to volunteer for one clubs events.

Rescue & Recovery

Rescue personnel provide immediate medical and extrication facilities at the scene of an incident. They move around venues aboard Rescue Units, which are kitted out with the latest medical and extrication equipment.

Recovery personnel retrieve stricken rally cars, operating from Recovery Units fitted with vehicle recovery equipment.

Rescue and Recovery personnel must be a minimum of 18 years old to begin training.

All training for Rescue and Recovery personnel is carried out via a modular programme, supported by organised training days where specific skills can be honed.

Full licence holders are required to meet ongoing training requirements and must complete the required assessment every three years.

To obtain a Trainee licence you will first need to gain the support of a current Motorsport UK-registered Unit and then complete the Motorsport UK’s New Officials Registration form, which must be returned to the Membership Services Team with a supporting letter from the Unit operator.

You will then be sent your Trainee Licence and the relevant Training Module.

Scrutineers

Scrutineers are responsible for checking the mechanical state of competing vehicles in terms of compliance with the regulations – ensuring fair play – and general safety.

They are also responsible for environmental aspects such as noise control. Scrutineers can specialise in cars, karts, environmental, or any combination of these.

While experience in engineering or a similar technical field is usually an advantage, it is not essential.

Scrutineers can begin training from the age of 16 and are eligible to qualify as fully licensed Scrutineers once they turn 18.

All training for Scrutineers is conducted via modular training programmes; they begin as Trainee Scrutineers and subsequently undertake further modules to progress through the different grades and/or disciplines.

Training is carried out under the guidance of senior Scrutineers, who act as mentors throughout the training period.

The process for obtaining a Trainee Scrutineer licence is free and simple; download and complete the Motorsort UK’s New Officials Registration form and return it by post to the Membership Services Team.

You will then be sent a Trainee Licence and an introductory pack, with a Training Module and DVD.

Timekeeping

Timekeeping is an essential element of most motorsport events, with the timekeeper’s role being to record competitors’ times and positions in order to determine the event results.

Timekeepers can begin training from the age of 16 and are eligible to qualify as fully licensed Timekeepers once they turn 18.

All training for Timekeepers is conducted via modular training programmes; they begin as Trainee Timekeepers and subsequently undertake further modules to progress through the different grades and/or disciplines.

Training is carried out under the guidance of senior Timekeepers, who act as mentors throughout the training period.

The process for obtaining a Trainee Timekeeper licence is free and simple; download and complete the Motorsport UK’s New Officials Registration form and return it by post to the Membership Services Team.

You will then be sent a Trainee Licence and an introductory pack, with a Training Module.