Community projects. We’ve all heard of them. The homeless shelters, allotments, libraries and food banks, but what about karting? The right track project- part of oasis play- is centered around something a little out of the ordinary.

Since the 1980’s when an unused school playground in Lambeth was converted into a karting track, this youth-led scheme has been fulfilling it's mission to get young people to a place where they can play a positive role in their community- through driving. The facility offers many services such as private hire and parties, but also weekly sessions, allowing continuous mentoring and support for those who have a passion for karting.

What makes the organization truly special is its inclusivity and unwavering encouragement for those with disabilities to get on the track. To accommodate this they have specially adapted karts and an experienced staff team, giving everyone the chance to get involved.  

The karts themselves are petrol engines, however there has been a recent bid to go electric, in line with engine fumes' negative impact on climate change and global warming. Everyone involved with Right Track was keen to go ahead with the proposal, and so as funds from donations grew, so did numbers of electric karts; two already being built from scratch. 

With numerous young people visiting the track each week, here are just a few ways in which the project has transformed lives, directly from two drivers who are part of the volunteering program:

‘It has helped me with a lot of stuff, like how to work karts, impacting my future and inspiring what I would like to do.’ says Lashay,13.

‘It helped me build up my leadership skills and learn to work better as a team.’ comments Issaiah,15. 

The invaluable benefits this unique endeavor has provided are undeniable, setting aside a space for learning alongside the sport, fun as it is quirky, karting. Could this be something set up across UK communities?