MSA appointed as Regional Training Provider by FIA Institute

MSA appointed as Regional Training Provider by FIA Institute The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has been appointed as one of the first two Regional Training Providers by the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability to help...

MSA appointed as Regional Training Provider by FIA Institute

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has been appointed as one of the first two Regional Training Providers by the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability to help increase the safety and training standards of motor sport officials across the world.

The UK has consistently enjoyed a first class international reputation for the quality of its training programmes and the calibre of officials that this has created. Having now demonstrated that its training programme meets the highest standards of the FIA Institute, the MSA has been granted Regional Training Provider status.

The MSA will become a key partner in the education and training of officials in other countries as part of the projects approved by the FIA Motor Sport Safety Development Fund. As a training provider, the MSA's skills and expertise will be used to encourage and implement ever higher standards of training and safety in every region.

"This is a hugely prestigious appointment," confirms Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive, "and reflects greatly on the hard work and dedication of those involved in UK motor sport. We are honoured to have been chosen by the FIA Institute and we recognise the significant responsibility that comes with helping other sporting associations. We are committed to carry out this work in line with the FIA Institute's high standards."

"We strongly believe that no one country is more important than any other in this world of motor sport," says MSA Head of External Affairs, Allan Dean-Lewis MBE, under whose remit all training provision in the UK falls. "We all have things we can learn from each other to benefit our sport. We feel privileged that the FIA Institute has recognised the experience we have already built with other ASNs in the area of Officials Training in this way and look forward to developing new and existing partnerships for the future."

The appointment forms a major part of the FIA Institute's global education strategy in motor sport. The MSA, and the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS), will be allowed to help clubs outside of their region for now, but the long term goal for the FIA Institute is to have at least one training provider each in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, thus creating a network of recognised trainers around the world.

FIA Institute President Professor Sid Watkins said: "There are a significant number of motor sport associations around the world that require assistance with training officials and developing sustainable training programmes. It is very important that this work is carried out by approved organisations that have already achieved high standards in these areas."

-source: msa

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