A new initiative to encourage more young women to take up karting will get underway this summer at Hooton Park Kart Circuit, home of the Cheshire Kart Racing Club. A series of week-long karting summer camps are being run for girls who are absolute beginners, and would like to discover the fun and thrill of karting. The week long camps will include free expert training from former pros, free use of karting equipment and race wear including overalls and helmets, and TWO behind-the-wheel driving sessions EVERY day!

To be eligible, you must live in Cheshire, be aged 14 -25 years old, and can commit to attend one of five week long summer camps! No driver’s license or prior experience is required.

Funded by Active Cheshire through the Sportivate programme, it’s the biggest ever initiative in the UK aimed at inspiring more young women and girls to feel confident and comfortable about participating in motorsport, and reinforces the Sport England This Girl Can campaign to get women active.  The karting summer camps are part of Girls in Motorsport, a partnership between Hooton Circuit Club and young drivers academy The Blair Project to increase female participation in motor racing. 

Starting at the end of July, these intensive karting camps will run throughout the summer; each camp will be of one week’s duration and will run from 11am – 2pm, 5 x days per week. Participants must be available to attend every day of the week long summer camp. Sessions start on Monday and end on Friday.

Motorsport is one of a handful of sports where male and female competitors compete together.  But only 5% of licence holders are women. The aim is to increase the participation of young women and girls and close this gender gap.   

Karting is a very social family friendly sport, providing opportunities to join a club, make new friends and participate in friendly Cheshire Karting Club competitions. Targeted opportunities are available for all newcomers of all abilities to become involved at all levels as a Grid Mate – whether as drivers,  volunteer  mechanics, engineers, marshalls or general club volunteers and gain valuable race meeting experience.

Sarah Tilling, Strategic Lead – Voluntary Sector, with Active Cheshire added: "Hooton Park Kart Circuit is an important local sport facility in Ellesmere Port, that can help us to achieve our goal of getting 50,000 more people, more active in Cheshire by 2017."

The Hooton Park Kart Circuit is well established and is used by over 4000 participants every year. But it’s keen to reach out further into the local community to motivate inactive people take up karting for fun, or as a sport. Club chairman Bob Wilson said: “Motorsport is perceived as a sport for the men and the boys. This award gives us a great opportunity to change this perception and attract more young women and girls to karting, and help them develop a sporting habit for life”.

Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire said: “We are so pleased to be able to award funding to this ground breaking project. We look forward to keeping in contact with Hooton Circuit Club and The Blair Project throughout this exciting programme and sharing in their successes.“

To register please visit http://www.theblairproject.org/girls-in-motorsports-sign-up/4589599539

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