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Having been deputy COC on the Ballypatrick Stages on Saturday and the Mid Antrim Motor Clubs Chief Marshal i would like to find out why people will not volunteer to marshal? This years events have all struggled so far and we very nearly lost a stage on sat through lack of manpower i would like to hear why people wont come out and marshal? After all if we cant get marshals events wont run, or do we go down the route of each competitor has to bring a marshal?
 

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The people to answer that question is the motor clubs themselves. Ask all the clubs to cut the number of events they run down to four per year and the problem would be solved overnight.
 

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Would more people marshall if they were better looked after on the event?? Cause it is a thankless job!!
What do most clubs give a meal ticket??? or maybe a t-shirt.
 

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The majority of competition licence holders in this country will agree that they should marshall at some events during the year and would be happy to help out as others have done for them during rallys they have competed in during the past. However a lot of compeditors have very little contact with their motorclubs apart from paying their yearly fee's and getting their licence form stamped, which is entirley there decission, unfortunately this usually means they are out of the loop when there club representative is asking those he knows for help to marshall on another clubs event. I'm sure there are hundreds of club members out there who if asked directly would they marshall on a specific event would be glad to help but unfortunately the question is never asked. I know this is not the ideal situation where everybody should seek out an event to help on without having to be pestered into helping but i do think it's the reality.
 

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What if every competition license holder had to marshall on at least one event as a condition of keeping their license .

What does everyone else think ???????????
 

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in the sprints and hill climbs every driver has to marshall to get points which could win or loose the championships. don't know if it applies to NI championship rounds or the club rounds though, even still it works well
 

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A few years back to count in the championship you had to marshal at ane vent and get your registration card signed - I think thats still going
 

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Yeah its still going thats why I was at ballypatrick on saturday. It does work as not only did my co driver and myself marshal but we brought along a member of our service crew to help as well. One thing that puts people off is not enough information is supplied. On top of that I am a member of quite a few motor clubs but not one has sent me a set of regs for any events or even a letter asking for marshals for an event. Keep the people informed of whats going on and you may pull in some marshals. Are the clubs getting lazy and just relying on the internet for getting the info to their members?????????????????????:D
 

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its very simple - the motor clubs have to treat people well.

Marshals should get a token gesture on a single day event - like tickets to the evening prize giving and a free hot meal. Accomodation should also be made available to the marshals at a reduced rate in whatever hotel the prize giving is held. This would be very easy to organise, and cost the respective motor clubs very little as the hotel in question would offer reduced rates when block booking rooms. That would turn the marshal day out into a true social occasion, with overnight stays, subsidised by the motor club fraternity.

Run this on to events like Donegal and the circuit, and ye have the recipe for bringing back the camadary into rallying which has been sadly missing for the last 10 years. The rallies will return to being the social occasions they once were, old friends meeting up again through a common love of motorsport. The rallies would be manned by people who have a desire to be there, and who feel appreciated for doing so. The whole standard of running rallies would increase again, simply because people are doing what they love, and finally getting appreciation for it.

Thats all it would take. And to put such operations in place would actually put very little financial strain on motor clubs. What are we talking - £10 for a hot meal and a table at the prize giving. More people at the prize giving - better craic for all.

Ray L, in summary, make events a social occasion for the marshal, as well as the competitor. Each needs the other, and if one is missing, the other will not be there.
 

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Originally posted by sheriffsdeputy
What if every competition license holder had to marshall on at least one event as a condition of keeping their license .

What does everyone else think ???????????

ENTRYS GALORE :D

Great idea
 

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Regarding your marshalling problem, I may be able to help..... I'm from Omagh College and running an NVQ level 2 in Rallying Marshalling. I think the problem with marshalling is that people get nothing in return and I have noticed over the years that fewer and fewer people are volunteering to help. So why not be involved in a sport that you love and get a qualification as well. This will help motor clubs because each candidate in the course much attend 20 rallies to complete the course and fill in a log book. This could take over a year to complete, so club will benefit and I also feel clubs should invest in the training and all members should do some marshalling every year to keep their membership valid. This course is grant aided by MSA, so I think this is the way marshalling to going to go over the next few years. Candidates has 30 weeks to complete the theory elements of the course and for £60 registration fee, everything is provided. What do you think.....??
 

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Originally posted by sheriffsdeputy
What if every competition license holder had to marshall on at least one event as a condition of keeping their license .

What does everyone else think ???????????
Best solution to the problem, just didn't want to be the one that suggested it :laugh:
 

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Re bmoneill could u please email me more details on this course as i would like to look into the aspects of what a qualified nvq marshal is responsible for? My email address is [email protected]. U say the course requires you 2 attend/marshal on 20 events, i dont see u having too many interested people because if they would marshal on 3 or 4 events a year it would make an awful difference!
 

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Originally posted by Kenny Wilson
Accomodation should also be made available to the marshals at a reduced rate. Run this on to events like Donegal and the circuit, and ye have the recipe for bringing back the camadary into rallying which has been sadly missing for the last 10 years.
Doesn't work!!
Last year the Circuit offered accommodation in Enniskillen for £11.50 pppn, lunch each day, a polo shirt, and entry into their prize draw. That made no difference.
This year they added cheap accommodation recce week-end, that made no difference either.

Originally posted by Ray L
U say the course requires you 2 attend/marshal on 20 events, i dont see u having too many interested people because if they would marshal on 3 or 4 events a year it would make an awful difference!
Totally agree Ray L.
 

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The Circuit have talked about moving marshals between stages in the past. It would definately take a bit of time to work out who's going where, but I can't see why it wouldn't work.
 

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if im honest i must be one of a few people but anytime ive marshalled ive enjoyed it.... it can be miserable i know but on nice days its great craic....
 
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