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MSA launches coaching qualification

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In a pioneering development that will bring motorsport in line with other major sports, the MSA’s new accredited coaching qualification is now being rolled out, with courses available from June and the booking website live.

The MSA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Motorsport in both Participation and Performance has been over three years in the making and is designed to set the standard for coaching in motorsport.

MSA Performance Director Robert Reid has been involved in the project from the start. “This is about raising standards across the board and instilling a coaching ethos throughout the sport,” he said. “It’s about having a recognised coaching structure, which will help to ensure that those being coached – whether driving school customers or career drivers – get the best possible coaching appropriate to their needs.”

Prospective coaches must have a relevant background, hold a full UK driving license, be at least 17 years old (18 at certification) and be able to communicate effectively in English.

Candidates must also have completed the Introduction to Coaching Motor Sport Award, which hasn’t yet been launched, or be qualified to ARKS Grade A or above (or hold one of several qualifications from other branches of motorsport).

The two-day course costs £599 + VAT or a discounted course fee of £499 + VAT for ARKS Grade A instructors. The small print says the course isn’t suitable for coaches of Junior drivers.

Initially the Level 2 course will be delivered at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands. However it will become available at further venues nationwide soon The MSA’s delivery partner is SDSA and online booking can be made via www.sdsa.eu/msa- coaching-course-booking.