Calling all petrolheads: competing in motorsport, whether it be racing, rallying, or any other discipline, is prohibitively expensive for most young people. The good news is that you can still indulge your passion for all things automotive by becoming one of the thousands of volunteer marshals who spend their weekends helping to run motorsport events up and down the country. Here are five reasons why you should try marshalling…
- Get closer to the action – whether its trackside at Silverstone or stood in a forest as a flame-spitting World Rally Car flashes by, marshals enjoy privileged access to events beyond that of a spectator. Clearly, this comes with responsibility as you are there to do a job, but the rewards are more than worth it. Not to mention the opportunities to meet drivers and attend some of the most prestigious events on the UK motorsport calendar (free of charge!)
- You’re in demand – the future of motorsport depends on new faces coming in to learn from more experienced marshals and eventually taking the lead in keeping much-loved events running for years to come. Remember, no event, not even a Formula 1 Grand Prix, would be possible without the marshals who carry out such vital work.
- It couldn’t be easier – simply follow the links at the end of this article to find out more about the different roles marshals can perform and how to apply. If you’re interested in becoming a rally marshal, all you have to do is complete the Motorsport Association’s (MSA’s) online training modules and send off a registration form. It’s quick, hassle-free and gives you a good introduction to the basics of marshalling.
- Become part of a friendly, welcoming community of like-minded people – join your local motor club and meet fellow enthusiasts. The camaraderie and spirit within the marshalling community is another great reason to get involved and ensures anyone new to marshalling is given the guidance they need to have a safe and enjoyable experience.
- Develop valuable life skills – as those who are first on the scene in the event of an accident, marshals have to be ready for anything. Attend training sessions on everything from first aid to firefighting – hopefully you’ll never have to put what you’ve learned into practice, but you have to be prepared! If that sounds a little too hands-on, the organisational and administrative side of the sport is another area where marshals can lend a very welcome helping hand.
If you would like to become a marshal, you can apply and find out more by visiting: