Since its inception, the Motor Project has been one of the Harrow Club′s proudest achievements. Set up in response to rising levels of motor crime in the Notting Dale area, the Motor Project was designed as a way to provide young people with legal thrills − something identified by our focus groups as lacking in existing youth provision.

By allowing young people to experience the excitement of motor sport in a controlled, constructive environment, and by working closely with Transport for London and community safety, we have been able to combat rising crime rates as well as provide some of the most challenging young people with a broad base of transferable skills. Teamwork, communication, and organisation all come to the fore as young people are required to service and safely race their karts, design accompanying paraphernalia and constructively reflect upon their successes.

Our Youth and community Manager, Michael Defoe, who founded the project, is experienced in working out what works for different people.

The list below should give you an idea of what a Motor Project might consist of, but should not be regarded as a definitive list. Please contact to see how we can best work with you.


  • Character building and behaviour management programmes especially designed to engage the most difficult young people
  • Build A Go Kart − A week long programme to design build and then race your kart against other teams
  • Motor maintenance courses and workshops
  • Motor sport days out including: Go-karting, Motor X, quad biking, motor shows
  • Design workshops built around the customisation of Go−karts, hovercraft and bikes as well as motor accessories
  • Motor sports residential courses
  • History of motor vehicles
  • sport workshops
  • Tournaments allowing students the opportunity to compete against other clubs


Alongside the specialist outputs above, the Motor Project addresses fundamental competencies across all areas of the programme.

Health and safety: Students are taught the importance of health and safety and are confronted with the effects of irresponsible road usage through video footage and discussions.

Teamwork skills: Young people develop teamwork skills and learn to distribute tasks, taking responsibility for their own contribution whilst motivated to share in group success.

Accreditation: Young people are given the opportunity to earn various recognised accreditations, ranging from Youth Achievement Awards to AQAs and DOEAs.

Self confidence: Overall, the programme aims to build self−confidence through active participation in an exciting and rewarding set of challenges. Young people are taught to recognise the value of their achievement and are motivated to achieve elsewhere as a result.

The motor project has been put on hold at this time as as we are seeking further funding to continue with this project. If you think this is something that you would like to support or get involved with then please contact: