SMS was formed as a result of a project started with sportscotland by the relevant governing bodies, the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and the Scottish Auto Cycle Union (SACU) in 2011. The group aims to raise awareness of the extraordinary impact that Scotland has had on the history of motor sport and to build on that heritage to establish future success. It provides a single channel for the sport to communicate with the Scottish Government and its associated agencies, such as sportscotland, Event Scotland and Visit Scotland.
As well as the two governing bodies, SMS comprises representatives of car and motorcycle sport, including the Scottish Association of Car Clubs (SACC), the Association of Scottish Kart Clubs (ASKC) and Knockhill circuit. It is chaired by Tom Purves, former Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce who is now Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club and an MSA Board Director.
“I was delighted to be asked to chair the group,” said Purves. “We have a great team of people around the table, but the real power of SMS comes from the strength of motor sport in Scotland and the people that make it happen. Our challenge is to represent the collective interests of motor sport and motorcycle sport to those at the highest level and the first step is to gain recognition as a sport of National Performance Significance to Scotland.
“The launch of the website and Twitter account will keep people up to date with what we are doing and how things are progressing. I am sure that the Scottish motor sport community will share our ambitions to ensure that the entire sport, including clubs and competitors, benefits from being part of a government-supported initiative to create higher quality venues, better competition opportunities and stronger career development possibilities for Scottish competitors, marshals and associated individuals, all the way from the grass-roots to international level.”
For further information and the latest updates, visit www.scottishmotorsports.co.uk or follow @SMS_Scotland on Twitter.
Rory Bryant appointed as Scottish Motor Sports National Development Officer
Scottish Motor Sports has confirmed that Rory Bryant has been appointed as full-time National Development Officer.
Bryant, 25, holds a degree in Sport and Recreation Management from the University of Edinburgh where he was also a member of the Motor Club. His competitive career began in karting, but after University he became Scottish Fiesta Champion in 2010 and 2011, before moving on to the British GT Championship.
Rory was appointed after a six-way interview process conducted by a small group of SMS members last month and will begin work on 7th November. Reporting to two governing bodies as well as acting as an integral part of the SMS management team, his first objective is to engage with the sport and the 104 car and bike clubs around the country. Identifying the issues facing the sport in Scotland will enable the creation of a strategic plan for the development of the sport, with submission anticipated to sportscotland later in 2014.
“We were overwhelmed with the number and quality of applicants for the post,” said Paul Carlyle, SACU Chairman. “But after a thorough interview process, Rory was the unanimous choice of everyone on the panel. He is a first generation motor sport participant and while he has personal experience of karting and racing, he demonstrated a broad understanding of motor sport in general and identified some of the challenges the sport faces. The creation of this position is a significant step forward for motor sport in Scotland and offers a great opportunity for everyone to get involved in shaping a bright future for Scottish motor sport.”
Rory will be based out of sportscotland’s offices in Edinburgh and will benefit from the provision of car courtesy of long-term motor sport supporter John Clark Motor Group.
Club Funding Guide
Updated January 2015
Rory Bryant has researched sources of funding that may be available to motor sports clubs in Scotland, and has produced a guide to these and how to go about getting some.
Government Funding sources / SECTION 1
Awards For All p. 5
SportsMatch p. 6
Sports Facilities Fund p. 7
Legacy 2014 Active Places fund p. 8-9
Direct Club Investment p. 10-11
Community Amateur Sport Club (CASC) p. 12
Event Scotland National Programme p. 13
Winning Students p. 14
Independent Funds / SECTION 2
Cash4Clubs p. 15
Bill Mclaren Foundation p. 15
The Dickie Bird Foundation p. 15
The Weir Charitable Trust p. 15
MSA / Safety Funds / SECTION 3
MSA Club Development Fund p. 16
MSA Rescue development Vehicle Fund p. 16
Motorsport safety fund p. 16
British Motor Sports Training Trust p. 16
Local Authorities (A-Z) SECTION 4 p. 17-19
Bruce Lyle is the point of contact for any help required with the guide.
A pdf copy of the Club Funding Guide may be downloaded here.
Guide to Social Media for Clubs
SMS have published a guide to the use of Social Media - Facebook, Twitter, YouTube -
A pdf copy of the
Social Media Guide
may be downloaded here.