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***UPDATED 29/05/2020 @ 18:00
Below you will find the Information you need to know regarding possible Practice Events at your local club (if the club plan to run them)
There are seperate pages for each country.
Currently it is not believed that there is enough scope in the easing of lockdown to allow any formal racing.
ALL our Association events (i.e. all our Nationals and Regionals) that should have been happening between now until the end of June have been Postponed or Cancelled - stay in touch with your section for further information about these.
The links below contain Only the Information released by the Government, devolved national assemblies and national sports governing bodies.
Each one will be updated as the situation chnages BUT do remember that there will normally be a delay of a day or two between what you hear on the news and us getting the detail through.
Click Here for England
Click Here for Scotland
Click Here for Wales
Click Here for Northern Ireland
Can I still contact BRCA?
Yes. The BRCA is continuing to operate. The Web Team are available to deal with general enquiries and they will direct specific tickets to the right person. The BRCA are operational and able to maintain our support to the RC community.
Is my insurance still valid?
Yes. Your insurance is still in place. As soon as the national guidelines allow you to use your car you can do so safe in the knowledge the BRCA insurance is in effect for third party and personal liability, should anything go wrong. This applies to individual racers and clubs.
When will the RC National season resume?
BRCA Nationals have been suspended until at least 30th June. This is an evolving situation, and is subject to Government advice, and we will issue updates as soon as there is any change.
We understand that clubs and event organisers need as much notice as possible in order to assess whether their events are likely to go ahead. The BRCA will take a responsible approach on the resumption of the BRCA National and Regional calendar. We will follow government advice and consult with the Sections in order to make the right decision. The safety, health and wellbeing of our community, and the whole of the country, is paramount.
Will BRCA refund the entry fee for cancelled events?
100%. Just follow the cancellation system for your section events or contact the section. This may take a little time to work through, but it will be done please do not raise a PAYPAL case.
If you have any questions about refunds, use the contact button. In the ticket, please give us details of the event and its date to help speed up your refund.
Are you still processing Membership applications?
Online licence applications will be processed. We appreciate that people may be applying to maintain the status of their licence.
The BRCA has suspended the processing of postal licences at this time; any applications that have been received but not processed are being dealt with directly with the applicant. Unless requested otherwise, postal applications will be held and processed at a later date, on the resumption of racing. (I took out season because some seasons are not resuming, they’re already finished or not started)
Can I have a refund for my BRCA Membership?
The British Radio Car Association is a Club, it is not selling a service it is an organisation whose purpose is the development and promotion of the sport of model car racing.
Membership of it comes with liabilities as well as benefits, we join it because we want to develop the sport and see it grow and prosper and to help make those things happen when needed.
As such there is no scenario where a refund of a membership fee because we currently cannot race is reasonable, the activities of the Association have not ceased, in fact the strain placed upon the organisation has grown and will be especially large when we can recommence. Our membership brings with it the ability to benefit in the good times and the liability to support the sport in the bad - currently we're all in the latter.
If an individual no longer wishes to be a member then resignation of membership is of course available at any time.
How can I develop my knowledge during this period when there are no RC Events or Club Meetings taking place?
The internet is full of lots of information about RC racing, however this will only go so far in helping. The best way to keep your thumbs busy is with a virtual RC Car, there are a few out there, we have been using VRC and will have a full article available soon.
How can I help the public effort around COVID-19?
The Government has launched an urgent appeal for 250,000 volunteers to help the NHS in the battle against coronavirus. The country will be under pressure for some time, and our community is exceptionally well equipped to take on roles that help society to function.
Farmers are seeking people to help pick crops throughout the summer and into autumn. These jobs can be found by searching with a suitable term on the internet.
The Government is looking for DBS cleared staff, people with driving licenses and medically qualified staff.
If you fall into any of the categories outlined above, you can register as an NHS volunteer here
Can I still apply for Club Affiliation?
Yes. We are processing applications as normal so you are prepared for when the suspension lifted.
How can I best communicate with my club members beyond emails?
There are many ways to communicate with members or other groups. These include video conferences and our recommendations would be using Microsoft Teams (which also acts as a messenger service), Zoom, or Skype. Setting up Facebook pages to use as forums for your club is also a very good idea and social media can be a key way to ensure your club continues to have a community environment. Smaller groups work well with WhatsApp too.
Is there more information or advice for my Club at this time?
The link below provides all the details of the current Government policy, and we are working with the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to make sure that we fight the corner for motorsport in all its different facets: Click here to find out more.
My BRCA Affiliated Club is in trouble, What can the BRCA do to help?
We are here for the clubs to help in whatever way we can. From helping you get all/any financial support from the Government to writing to your council or landlord, we have lots of things we can do to help you through these tough times.
Please contact us BEFORE you get into a position where we cannot help. Use the contact button and use our support.
BRCA Covid 19 News – Northern Ireland
BRCA Covid 19 News - Wales
There is plenty for us to consider over the next few weeks and months, including how we implement changes required and how we get to the future for model motorsport in the UK. Some clubs are facing difficult times right now, so here’s how we could help.
BRCA Covid 19 News - Scotland
BRCA Covid 19 News - England
As more details come out from the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Sunday, we will be hoping that at some point we can return to our beloved sport and race model cars. As members of Motorsport UK, the BRCA – you - are classified as a sport, so we look to the information about sporting events to guide us.