The MSA’s U18 policy sets out the governing body’s position with regard to young competitors and establishes the importance of maintaining their education while competing.
The MSA will designate as ‘U18-compliant’ those championships
and events that commit to uphold the principles outlined in the MSA’s U18
Wherever possible, the MSA will support young competitors in their mainstream education and will seek to ensure that :
Time spent out of school for the purposes of motor sport activities is minimised
Parents understand the importance of maintaining their child’s education
Education takes precedence over motor sport activity
Motor sport events do not clash with public exam commitments
A supervised ‘quiet area’ is made available for use by students during events
Competitors under 16 years of age wishing to compete in MSA-sanctioned national championships must have their
championship application form counter-signed by their head teacher
As part of the training and development programme of the MSA Academy, the MSA will deliver a series of Performance Master Classes free of charge to young competitors at selected events.
The work of the MSA Academy is kindly supported by the Racing Steps Foundation, the MSA’s Education Partner,
whose investment enables the educational message to be spread as widely as possible among young motor sport competitors.
MOTOR SPORTS ASSOCIATION U18 POLICY
As the governing body of UK motor sport, the Motor Sports Association is committed to ensuring
the welfare, development and education of young participants in motor sport.
• The MSA believes that all young participants and their parents should understand the
importance of maintaining their education alongside motor sport activities, particularly those
students who are legally obliged to continue in full-time education.
• The MSA believes that time taken out of school for the purposes of motor sport activities
should be kept to a minimum.
• The MSA believes that the educational development of a young person should always take
precedence over motor sport activity.
• The MSA will introduce legislation to ensure that championships and events avoid potential
conflict with educational commitments wherever possible.
• The MSA has an obligation to ensure that MSA licensed coaches, instructors and officials
provide the highest possible standards of care when given responsibility for young people.
• The MSA provides a Child Protection Policy which includes details on the recruitment,
selection, suitability and deployment of individuals working with young people in motor sport.
• The MSA requires that any MSA licensed official who comes into contact with minors under
18 years of age during the course of their duties should be in possession of a current
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check at enhanced level.
• The MSA has contracted TMG CRB to undertake the CRB checking process on its behalf.
• The MSA believes in the right of competitors to participate in doping-free sport and has
adopted the FIA’s Anti-Doping Protocols.
• The MSA believes that all licence holders should be aware of the anti-doping commitments
they make when signing their licence application form.
• The MSA recognises that Anti-Doping legislation may be difficult for a young competitor to
comprehend and will supply licensed competitors under 18 years of age with a simplified
guide to Anti-Doping legislation.
• The MSA is committed to attracting young people to motor sport as one of the key audiences
for the Go Motorsport campaign.
• The MSA has appointed Regional Development Officers to spread the motor sport message
by means of official presentations to primary and secondary schools.
• Through Let’s Go Karting, the MSA subsidises the provision of opportunities for young people
to have a first taste of karting for just £5 at venues across the UK.
• The MSA makes no charge for competitors under 16 years of age applying for their first MSA
The MSA will designate as ‘U18-compliant’ those clubs, championships
and events that commit to uphold the principles outlined in this MSA U18