SOUTHERN 100 chiefs can today announce the return of the Marshals Discount Scheme for 2020 as they also make a call for new orange army recruits.
The discounts, given by invitation based on a database of volunteers from 2019, allow reduced rates of travel on the Isle of Man Stem Packet Company ferries for S100 events next year. Steam Packet officials will contact these marshals directly with rates and a booking form.
Although numbers are reported to have increased thanks in large part due to the discount scheme, Chief Marshal Peter Chadwick said there is still work to be done in order to recruit a new generation of volunteers.
“We have worked hard along with our UK Marshals Ambassador Andy Brown, to attract and involve visiting marshals to come and help us on the Colas Billown Course, and all are welcome and very much an integral part of our very special group of marshals,” he revealed.
“Whilst we have some fantastic Island-based marshals, numbers are declining as sadly the younger generation are not coming into the sport to volunteer their time.
“We recognise that marshals give their time freely and at their expense to travel and hope that this discount scheme serves as a thank you and we welcome your continued support. If you have not yet marshalled on the Colas Billown Course, then please consider coming and joining us.”
While the upcoming season marks the 22nd year of title sponsorship for the Steam Packet Company and more than three decades of involvement, Chief Executive Mark Woodward reflected Chadwick’s sentiment, admitting it was still difficult to get new blood into the volunteering role.
“Attracting marshals to the event is an ongoing challenge and something we are committed to helping Southern 100 Marshals Association achieve, and this discount scheme plays an important role in that,” Woodward said.
“We’re pleased to re-introduce this special discount for the fourth consecutive year and look forward to welcoming new and returning marshals on board for the 2020 ‘friendly races’.”
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