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Written by John Walsh   
Monday, 29 March 2021

rob godfrey.pngTHE Government has today announced the latest tranche of funding from the winter phase of its Sport Survival Package.

Speedway clubs have been offered £300,000 in loan support.

Rob Godfrey (pictured), Chairman of British Speedway, said: “Government and Sport England have been very supportive of the needs of British Speedway clubs and the effect the pandemic has had on them.

“Taking the time to understand our sport, they have worked closely with a number of speedway clubs to understand their needs, and ultimately provided this crucial funding to help them make it to the starting tapes in May. 

“We hope this is the start of support for speedway with our most vulnerable clubs accessing early funding support.” 

Full details of this latest tranche of funding can be found here: 

BERWICK have completed substantial work ahead of the return of racing to Shielfield Park – including the installation of a new modern noise barrier. 

The Bandits have been assisted with income generated from the STARS (Stadium, Track and Rent Support) Project, with proceeds from the 5-1 Draw run by the Supporters’ Club playing a major part in improving the facility. 

Co-promoter Jamie Courtney said: “With some much-needed help from our friends at Glendale Engineering and STARS Project funds we now have a more effective and cosmetically pleasing structure that will do the trick for many years to come! 

“The large majority of track work happened before the pandemic struck, but lots of tweaks and adaptions have taken place to help keep everyone attending Speedway safe within the stadium for the upcoming season. 

“Positivity has been hard to come by for everyone over the last 12 months, but the Berwick Speedway Promotion have never stopped working towards the goal of not only surviving Covid-19 and all of its challenges, but also continuing the progress and vision that has kept professional Speedway alive in Berwick upon Tweed since 1968.” 

Courtney was also pleased to confirm the club’s main team sponsor, FTS (Fire Training Services North East Ltd) will be continuing in their role having initially pledged their support for the cancelled 2020 campaign.

KENT manager Chris Hunt says the club took the right moves over the winter as they prepare to make their Championship debut. 

Former GB international Paul Hurry is set to come out of retirement with the Kings in a change triggered by Nico Covatti’s decision to sit out racing in this country. 

Hunt said: “As the days go by and we see the Covid problems rising in Europe, Scott's (Nicholls) recommendation that we should bring local hero Paul into the side is making more and more sense. 

“I am delighted we took his advice - mind you, we did not need persuading!” 

Kings owner Len Silver has also confirmed both the club’s senior and NDL teams are set to visit a Midlands venue for an exclusive day of track practice, organised by new skipper Nicholls. 

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