This article contributed by David and Fraser of the Inver Racers.
Inver Racers are a team of four young people from Inverclyde Academy. We have been coming to West College Scotland, Greenock campus and working in the motor vehicle department for 1 day a week since October 2018 to complete the Greenpower course.
The college run the Greenpower programme in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce, West Region. DYW West help us with learning how to raise funds for the racecar and upcoming races, they also help us run our business. Thanks to our lecturers in the motor vehicle department and the staff at DYW West, we have been able to learn so many key business and mechanical skills. When we first started the course, we only had a chassis, motor and wheels, which of course was not enough to be classed as ‘race ready’.
In order to get our kart racing, we had to work very closely with DYW West in order to raise the funds needed for kart equipment, as well as the costs of extras like transport and Scottish race entry fees. We started by setting up social media accounts, an email account and a Just Giving page which all allowed us to contact businesses, gain sponsorship, keep our followers updated and make our team known in the Greenpower community.
We’ve always worked very hard throughout our Greenpower experience to be ready for our first race, which was held on the 29th March 2019 inEast Fortune, Scotland. Thanks to one of our main sponsors, River Clyde Homes, we were able to secure crucial parts for the kart. Race day was a huge success, with our team winning first place and being crowned Scottish champions in the Kit Kart races. We were delighted to compete against 23 other teams and win, which meant we would be heading to the International Final in October, which is being held at the world famous Silverstone!
To get to the International Final, we’re contacting existing and new potential sponsors for all the help we can get, from sharing our posts and engaging with us on social media and Just Giving page to sponsoring us for the race. We were recently in our local paper, raising awareness about the race at East Fortune, which will hopefully boost our profile to the local businesses and people of Inverclyde. One Inver Racer, Chris, attended our local Inverclyde chamber breakfast and made a presentation to chamber members to gain sponsorship, which went extremely well. Most recently, we held a car wash in our school with the teachers in order to raise some funds, another successful fund raising activity. Due to our efforts, we are able to attend the Grampian Transport Museum Heat on the 14th June 2019 in Alford which allows us to gain some valuable experience for the International Final and hopefully get another win under our belts.
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