Priority 3: Promoting Talent and Participation
To increase participation and broaden the pool of talent available at all levels of motorsport. We recognise that the future success of Northern Ireland motorsport is dependent on promoting participation at grassroots events, identifying potential at a young age, clearly articulating performance pathways for progression and signposting and developing and supporting that talent to be the best that it can be across the Motorsport ecosystem.
2&4 Wheel and the four Governing Bodies and Co-ordinating bodies have placed the promotion of talent and participation at the heart of the new strategy – drawing on the experience of other regions and other sports. We have created many champions over the years across all of our disciplines but the pathways to success need to be more transparent and understood to newcomers to the sport. Each of our Governing Bodies and Co-ordinating Bodies will build on existing published pathways, making them more visible to new and existing entrants to the sport . Where these are not currently available, we will set out clearly the pathways to progression through our sports to ensure that athletes in their sports are aware of the skills and competencies needed and can engage in activities required to progress safely and to realise their full potential in Motorsport.
We will explore with Sport NI, the Sports Institute NI and our national Governing Bodies whether and how a Motorsport Academy for off track activities to advance talent in our sport could be established in Northern Ireland and – if appropriate – which forms of support could be provided.
We recognise that many people in Northern Ireland have never participated in our sport nor have they been a spectator at one of our events. We wish to address this by giving all people the opportunity to participate in our sport. We are committed to increasing engagement of females, young people and those with a disability
in our sport as competitors, officials, managers, engineers and mechanics. We will promote female participation though the media, the promotion of role models and through working with key stakeholders groups. We will develop social and
education programmes, with a link to the STEAM agenda, in order to promote greater participation of females, youth and those with a disability in motorsport. We will be guided by international best practice. We will link for instance with the Women in Motorsport Commission, established in 2009. An example of this is the FIA European Young Women Programme and the Girls on Track Karting Challenge; or the Engineer Your Career — A world of Opportunity in Motorsport aimed at encouraging girls to take up engineering as a career. We need to ensure that motorsport is viewed by all as a shared world of equal opportunities.
We need to understand how to increase participation and as such we will explore the following concept and issues with Sport NI and others within central and local government, the community and voluntary sector and the private sector.
We will explore best practice examples of engagement between motorsport organisations and local communities and how best to form strategic partnerships between motorsport organisations, local communities and businesses.
Current support arrangements for volunteers in motorsport and ensure they are well trained and supported and feel valued and appreciated for their contribution to our sport. Without volunteers and their grass roots support in administrative, technical, safety and other support roles our sport would not succeed.
The reasons for the low level of participation of motorsport organisations in the various funding and development schemes for sporting organisations operated by Councils, and by other funders with a view to increasing our success in funding bids.