British Motorcyclists Federation
Promoting, pursuing and protecting the rights of all UK motorcyclists
Promoting, pursuing and protecting the rights of all UK motorcyclists
Marshals are required to be full or affiliate members of the BMF to be able to help at a BMF Motorcycle show. You will be representatives of the BMF and as such are asked to behave in an appropriate manner.
There is a specified and fenced marshal camping area that is available to all marshals who work at the show. This has a marquee for relaxation and all marshals are free to make teas and coffees in the marshals office. They will have bottled water taken round to them on shifts
Below is a list of the areas for which we require marshal assistance at the BMF shows. A few of the areas are not for all shows so please bear this in mind when you complete the application form. Whilst we ask you to choose an area that you would like to work in and we will endeavour to place you there, we will have to allocate marshals to the areas where they are needed and in the numbers required. Confirmation of your positions will be given on signing in.
The Friday of the show is often a time when marshals are most urgently required so please indicate on the form if you are available to work on Friday. Some positions are not required for Friday but if you can work on this day you may be allocated a temporary role and then be moved to a different position for the remainder of the show.
Meal vouchers for meals each day will be given to all marshals for the days on which they work their shifts. You will be asked to work a minimum of 4 hours per day.
Please indicate on the form if you have any restrictions in terms of mobility or physical ability as this will affect the suitability of your application for a given role.
If you would like to be considered for a role as Supervisor marshal please read the description below and indicate on the application form.
Supervisors will be responsible for allocating the marshals that fall within their area of work to ensure constant cover in 4 hourly shifts. They will need to be aware of times when it will be busier than others and allocate sufficient numbers to cover this. They need to familiarise themselves with the marshals working in their area and give a brief explanation of what will be required of them in that role and when their shifts are.
They will carry a list of marshals under their control with mobile numbers for contact in the event of changes to times allocated or for no show. They will be asked to sign an attendance card for each marshal after they have completed each shift and handed to the organisers at the end of the show.
They will be responsible for confirming that the marshals have worked their given shift to ensure that meal vouchers are earned and for giving feedback on the show.
Supervisor marshals wear a different coloured hi - vis vest to those in their working area and as such are immediately visible. They also carry a radio.
MARSHAL AREAS OF WORK AT SHOWS
Any Area: Happy to work wherever you are required.
Best In Show: Marshals will be required to assist the entries for Best in Show to set up their bikes correctly, maintain vigilance so that members of the public do not damage any of the display bikes and maintain security. You will collect and count the votes to establish the winners of each class and if necessary go round the clubs to encourage members to enter their bikes. Those working in this area should ideally be available from Friday if possible.
The supervisor marshal for this area will compile the results.
Bike Park: Marshals in this area will be responsible for directing bikes to the correct area and to park them in logical order. Security of bike parks and vigilance will be required both to check for damage or theft from vehicles and to check for headlights left on or keys left in bikes.
Campsite Gates: Marshals working in this area will be required to assist with entry of campers both prepaid ticket holders and those purchasing on the gate. They will be given wristbands to exchange for prepaid tickets and will be asked to return the same number of tickets for the number of wristbands they are issued with.
They will be asked to ensure that wristbands are placed round the wrist prior to entry and to assist with anyone who needs help with this.
They will help to direct traffic into lines of prepaid and to pay to ensure smooth running of the gates and minimise queues.
They will also be responsible for ensuring that all those re-entering the campsite have both vehicle passes and wristbands.
Campsite Traffic: Marshals in this area need to direct traffic to the appropriate area of the camping ground whether car, motorcycle or caravan whist ensuring that exits and fire lanes are kept clear.
Campsite Info: Marshals will be required to give out refuse bags and campsite/show information and to ensure that all campers passing from the campsite to the main show site and back are wearing the required wristbands. They will need to monitor the campsite generally for compliance with campsite regulations and ensure fire lanes and roads are kept clear. To contact event team/show control in the event of problems with campsite facilities including fire extinguishers.(They also have to replace broken wristbands but should not issue replacements for ‘lost wristbands’)
Club Games: Marshals will need to help prepare the arena for the games, keep score sheets, ensure all the items for the games are ready and help to supervise and control the games. They will also be responsible for enlisting clubs to enter
Event Services Team: This area will require marshals to assist with erection of all manner of show signage, banners, plot markers, fencing, fire lanes etc.
Exit Gate (Kelso only): Marshals will be required to man the gate for the exit of cars/motorcycles from the campsite and to ensure there is no re-entry through this gate or entry by those without tickets/wristbands
Pedestrian Entry Gate - Queue walkers: Marshals in this area will be asked to patrol the lines of customers waiting to pay and gain entry to the show. You will direct them into the appropriate queue for credit card, cash only or prepaid ticket collection, hand out programmes and give general information about the show.
Helmet Park: The helmet park needs to be manned to take in helmets and bikers wear, attach a numbered ticket for the owner to retrieve at the end of the show. This role is particularly suitable for anyone who may have mobility problems or difficulty standing for prolonged lengths of time.
Internal Gates :( BMF / Tailend ) Marshals will be required to maintain security at the internal gates to only allow through those that have the required wristbands for that area. These are generally to internal camping gates both 4 and 2 wheel.
Main Arena: Marshals will be required to help with the smooth running of the arena entertainment and racing. They will direct the cavalcade of clubs and, acts into the arena and assist with any medical requirements.
Main Gate: This is the gate through which all exhibitors and contractors enter the showground. Marshals will be responsible for ensuring that no person or vehicle enters the site without passes or wristbands. They will be required to direct traffic to the appropriate area, deal with questions and try to ensure that the “no vehicle movement “ policy is adhered to. They will be required to escort any vehicles that do require access to the ground during show opening times and to help deliver goods in a golf buggy if these need to be delivered during show hours.
Marshal’s Office: Marshals here will be responsible for booking in, distributing hi vis vests, tee shirts and caps and ensuring that marshals have signed the code of conduct and read and signed the event procedure manual.
Plot Queries: Marshals in this area will be required to sort out any queries and problems that occur in the siting of exhibitors to their stands, for measuring out and marking any last minute plot bookings and to collect information on non-appearances of any exhibitors. They will be involved in the safe breakdown of stands and participate in enforcing the non-vehicle movement policy.
Moped Enduro (BMF/Tailend): This involves the supervision of the moped racing to include signing in, scrutineering and monitoring of the racing. Helping with track layout and directing entries to the races.
Club Games; Help to organise and encourage clubs to join in the fun of club games which will run for approx. an hour on each day of the show.
GENERAL WORKING INFORMATION
You will need comfortable footwear and suitable clothing for every type of weather. You should also carry a torch if your shifts are during non-daylight hours.
Meal vouchers will be provided, maximum of 6 – 1 meal on Friday evening (if you have worked during Friday) 3 meals on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. Vouchers need to be collected from the organiser’s office - NOT the marshal office - on a daily basis. If you are working very early shifts you will be allocated your breakfast voucher the previous evening.
Marshals are a very visible representative of the BMF and as such are asked to treat all customers with respect. If you experience a threatening situation please ask for assistance from the event team.
All supervisors and most working areas will be provided with a radio. These must be signed in and back again and remain the individuals responsibility until signed back in. These will be used for contacting Show Control (where relevant) or the event team.
Signing in should take place immediately on arrival so that we know you have arrived and so you can check your shifts and supervisor, plus be allocated your marshal souvenirs. Please ensure that you know who your supervisor is and what shifts you are to work. A card will be issued to all marshals which will be signed by the supervisor at the end of each shift and then handed in to the supervisor after your last shift for collection by the organisers.
We ask all marshals to read and sign an event procedure manual at each show which gives you information on various aspects of the show that you may have to deal with in the course of your duties. These include health and safety issues, major incidents, lost child and vulnerable adult policies, radio use etc etc. it is important that you read and take in all the recommendations.
Quad bikes or golf buggies are provided for use in some areas but must be driven with care. Show grounds are classed as public areas and therefore the same laws apply as for a public highway and a full driving license is required. Only those previously authorised and with a driver’s license will be able to drive the buggies. These will be strictly allocated to an area and an individual supervisor.