DRAGONS SPORT NEW SPONSORED KIT - posted 19 May 2013
Wednesfield Dragons sported their new kit at today's Midland League fixture at Leicester. The distinctive kit has been generously provided by First4Staff - 'Your Recruitment Solution.'
Left to right back.Mick Aris, Haydn Rowley, Troy Allen, Connor Dyke, Harrie Everiss. Front Dave Meanley, Roger Ellis and Charlie Ellitts
SAINSBURYS AID BRETFORD UPGRADE – posted 4 May 2013
Bretford cycle speedway club has been presented with a cheque for £200 from Sainsburys towards the upgrade of the Bretford circuit. The money is going towards having the whole back straight boarded and having chain link fencing added to the fencing. The upgrade is in preparation for holding British under-10s final.
Bretford have a new kit which was revealed today when Sainsburys kindly donated the money to the upgrades of the Bretford facility. Bretford would like to thank Rachel Fordham, Sainsburys co-ordinator, for supporting the club.
“This is really going to help the club” said club secretary Bernie Kemp.
SCHWALBE TYRES TO SPONSOR BRITISH FINAL – posted 25 April 2013
One of the major sporting events to be held in Coventry this summer has attracted major sponsorship – and the event is set to be shown around the world.
The 2013 Cycle Speedway British Final races into Hearsall Common on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August, and international company Schwalbe Tyres are backing the free to attend event for Coventry people to watch the thrills and spills of the sport, where cyclists compete with no brakes.
Although the Hearsall Common circuit is rated as one of the best race tracks in the sport, there are no spectator facilities at the site. In order to put on a showpiece final, and to project Coventry at its best to an international TV audience, the city club have obtained substantial sponsorship to provide all necessary spectator comforts.
On the day of the final, the track will be transformed with a mobile grandstand, toilets, catering, large LED video screen, VIP marquee and water supply all being hired-in for the event, which will be broadcast on Sky Sports and shown in 32 countries, reaching a global audience of 210 million homes.
Schwalbe Tyres, whose UK headquarters are based in Telford, Shropshire, are the main sponsors of the event, which will be organised by volunteers from the Coventry Cycle Speedway club. The company supply the UK and Ireland cycle industry with 500,000 tyres a year.
They are injecting a substantial figure to help with staging costs and further support is being provided by Cycle Coventry, Coventry City Council and Lutterworth company BMS Ltd.
Tim Ward, National Sales Promoter of Schwalbe Tyres, shakes hands
with Myke Grimes, star rider of Coventry cycle speedway club, as Schwalbe Tyres agree to sponsor the 2013 British Final.
Dave Taylor, marketing manager of Schwalbe Tyres, said: “We are delighted to be sponsors of the 2013 British Final at Coventry. Cycle Speedway is an exciting all-action spectator sport and we have been greatly impressed by the imaginative promotional plans of the Coventry club for the final”.
Coventry team manager Lee Marsh, whose children Josh and Sammi compete for the booming community club, commented: “We are proud to stage this major sporting event, which will present an immensely positive image of our city, both for the many attending and those around the world who will see it on TV.
“Without the kind sponsorship of Schwalbe Tyres, and the help and assistance of our other partners, we would not be able to present the British Final on the professional level we are planning”, concluded Marsh.
BRITISH FINAL SPONSOR TO BE NAMED – posted 23 April 2013
Coventry Devlins Newsagents Cycle Speedway club will issue a media release at 12 noon this Thursday, naming the major sponsor of the 2013 British Final.
The British Final will be staged at Hearsall Common, Earlsdon, Coventry on 26th August 2013.
COVENTRY UNVEIL NEW SHIRTS – posted 15 April 2013
Booming Coventry cycle speedway club have unveiled a brand new racing shirt – as sponsors flock to support the resurgent Earlsdon based club.
The club have enjoyed a massive revival in the past 18 months, after five years of inactivity. They rejoined competitive racing last year, and, helped by the London Olympics, have seen membership rise to record levels.They have completely refurbished their Hearsall Common track, using self generated funds and their own voluntary labour, with assistance from Coventry City Council.
Now, a host of local companies are supporting the club’s efforts in not only providing a rich range of racing opportunities for their elite, senior and veteran members but also for organising safe off-road cycle racing for scores of local youngsters every week.
Coventry senior team rider Liam McGuire shows off the the club’s
new team kit, helped by Amy Moulder (L) and Lauren Smith, of the Crew Promotions Agency.
BMS Limited, of Lutterworth, and long established city newsagents chain, Devlins, are now backing the grass roots community club, where local parents help organise the racing, including kitting the riders out in distinctive blue and black racing attire (pictured above).
Darren Sawbridge of BMS Ltd, whose son Spencer rides in the Coventry junior team, said: “Spencer took up racing a year ago and is thrilled with the excitement of racing bikes, speedway style, with no brakes. The club do tremendous work in providing exciting, purposeful and healthy sport for so many.”
Devlins Newsagents owner Alan Franklyn said: “The Coventry cycle speedway club is a credit to not only sport but to the city. I am very pleased to support such a vibrant community based club”.
The new shirts were designed by the team’s star rider, Myke Grimes from Wyken. The 27-year-old, also lead singer with local band `Shockparade`, reached the 2012 British individual final, the first Coventry club rider to do so in 29 years.
Grimes hopes to proudly wear his own design in this year’s British Final, which races into Hearsall Common on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August. The final will be shown on Sky Sports and will be shown in 32 countries worldwide. One local hotel has already sold over 40 hotel rooms for the event.
The shirt design includes sky blue, famously associated with Coventry, and carries other city symbols, including an elephant. The sleeves are in black, to help absorb the rough and tumble of the sport.
Coventry are next in action at Hearsall Common this coming Sunday (21st April), when they entertain Birmingham, 2pm start. Special newcomer `come and try it` sessions will continue every Wednesday night at Hearsall Common from 6.30pm.
SPONSOR PITCH IN DRAGONS DEN – posted 4 April 2013
The Wednesfield Dragons, born from the success of Wednesfield Aces and now competing in the Midland League Division One, have landed a fantastic new sponsor.
Leading Midlands recruitment agency, First4Staff who have branches in Wolverhampton, Cannock and Telford, specialise in the supply skilled and unskilled labour to the manufacturing, engineering and logistics industries.The company has sponsored local football clubs in the past but the link with the Dragons will be the company’s biggest sponsorship yet.
Negotiations with the company’s managing direct Jason Guy started shortly after last season’s charity cycle speedway event, Balls to Cancer. Jason, a lifetime Wolves fan and keen sportsman, was thrilled by the opportunity and keen to support the newly formed Dragons.
The sponsorship deal will see Wednesfield Dragons sporting a new look kit with First4Staff branding and using the recruitment firms corporate colours.Currently new jerseys and logos are being designed by Imp Sport.
INTERNATIONAL TYRE COMPANY TO SPONSOR BRITISH FINALS – posted 29 March 2013
Coventry Devlins Newsagents cycle speedway club today announced that they have reached agreement with a major international tyre company to sponsor the 2013 British Final to be held at Hearsall Common, Earlsdon, Coventry on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August.
Final agreement was confirmed to Coventry`s Joe Mclaughlin in a telephone call on Good Friday morning. The sponsorship will include eight perimeter hoardings, programme advertising and finals day hospitality. The agreement entails the company concerned will be `title` sponsor of cycle speedway`s flagship event.
The sponsorship fee is well over four figures. It brings the total income generated for the 2013 British Final to in excess of five figures - an astonishing sum for an amateur sports final. However, the Coventry club still have finals day programme adverts and heat sponsorships available to interested parties.
The identity of the 2013 British Final sponsor will be revealed after promotional pictures have been taken on Wednesday 24th April. The Coventry club will then release full details in a media release on Thursday 25th April at 12 noon.
Joe Mclaughlin was delighted with the news. He said: "I am delighted to confirm the Coventry club have secured a major sponsor. Everything is perfectly on course for a thrilling showcase final, one that will be remembered for many years to come."
With vast sponsorship secured, excitement continues to mount ahead of the British final, expected to attract the biggest British finals crowd for over 30 years. Already, the official British finals hotel, the Village Hotel, Earlsdon, Coventry has reached 75% capacity on the special discounted room rates for the finals.
The British final will take place amid a backdrop of noise, colour and glamour. A covered grandstand will span the entire length of the home straight and a large LED video screen will aid match presentation and provide leader-board details. The Crew Promotions company will be providing start line personnel. There will be pre-meeting and interval attractions.
And, the finals are to become a Bank Holiday attraction for the people of Coventry to attend, raising the profile of the event still further. With the event holding no admission charge, and set in a lush green location nearby the city centre, hundreds of Coventry families are sure to be attracted to this glittering holiday weekend
A meeting held in the Godiva city on Thursday evening last, at The Maudslay Public House, by the Coventry club, produced scores of offers of finals day volunteers from the go-ahead Coventry club.
BRITISH GAS SUPPORT BURY – posted 19 March 2013
Bury CSC have been awarded £250 from British Gas. The award, negotiated by Steve Whitaker who works for the company, will be used to update equipment for youth development.Club officials will have discussions this week to decide on how best to spend the award.
“We are really grateful for the money as it is proving more difficult to get funding” said a delighted Steve who publicly thanked his employer for the support shown.
C&S ELECTRICAL BACK EAST PARK WOLVES – posted 15 March 2013
East Park Wolves received some great news today when club treasurer Natalie Foulkes confirmed that a local electrical contracting firm had offered to sponsor the club.
After last season’s £500 fine from British Cycling, the club funds had taken a real battering resulting in the cancellation of some planned events. However local firm, C&S Electrical Installations Ltd of Wednesbury contacted Natalie's dad offering to sponsor the club £150 to help replace the very worn racing strip.
Chairman Al Bentley made contact with C&S director Mr Kevin Spittle and explained what the club was about.Shortly after, Kevin very kindly sent the much needed cheque.
Al Bentley and all at East Park Wolves CSC would like to thank Kevin and every one at C & S Electrical for their very kind donation.If you need any electrical work why not contact C&S Electrical at Unit 2, Bridge Street, Wednesbury, West Midlands, 0121 502 2117.
PAUL HEARD AGREES DEAL WITH FRO SYSTEMS – posted 15 March 2013
One of the major suppliers of racing equipment to top motor sport and BMX riders have added Paul Heard to their stable of riders.
Fro Systems - Adrenaline Clothing Company, who sponsor amongst other people GP star Tai Woffinden, GB international Ben Barker and Coventry star Adam Roynon will be supplying Paul with racing gloves for use during the 2013 season.
The deal came about when one of Paul’s existing sponsors, Swerve Racewear, mentioned cycle speedway to Fro Systems when they were doing a motor speedway deal and they were keen to take on a high profile cycle speedway rider and Paul was their rider of choice.
Paul said "With Australia on the horizon, anything that helps with overall racing costs is a major boost, so knowing that I won't be paying out for pairs of gloves at £25 a time will be a big saving and that money can go in my Aussie fund".
The gloves will certainly be unmissable in a very bright yellow with black trim - perfect for the new Wednesfield kit!!
CHARLIE-JANE APPEAL – posted 10 March 2013
Another woman racer is appealing for help to fund her dream of racing for Great Britain in Australia.Charlie-Jane Herbert is believed to be one of the first, if not the first, competitor to turn to the internet to finance the once in a life time experience
“My name is Charlie-Jane Herbert.One of my hobbies I do cycle speedway. I know it's not your average kind of sport, but with this I am going to be representing Great Britain in the World Championships in Australia in November 2013. I will be representing Exeter Aces cycle speedway club whilst I am over there and I will also be competing in the World women's championships. The trip is costing around £2,000, so every little helps!” explained Charlie-Jane.
British Lions riders are turning increasingly to the internet to help raise funds for the trip to Australia in November.With the trip costing somewhere in the region of £1,500 to £2,000 per person, every penny raised counts – even for British champions!
National number one Andy Angell is the latest to use social media fundraising.Writing on the specialist website, gofundme, Andy wrote
“I am aiming to get to Australia for the 2013 World Cycle Speedway Championships, any help would be appreciated as most of the bill has to be funded ourselves. You have to be in it to win it, as they say. If any of you feel generous enough to help out, your name will appear (should you want it to) on the dedicated page that will be created on my website, www.andyangell.co.uk" explained Andy.
One of cycle speedway's most popular women's racers has made an impassioned plea to keep alive her dream of representing her country in Australia. Faced with the daunting prospect of having to find £1,500 to self-fund her trip Down Under to compete in a five match test series with Australia, Norfolk- based Tiffany Collins has resorted to a public appeal on the Internet to help fund her air fare to Oz.
In a moving appeal, the 18-year-old from Hethersett said
“Hello, my names Tiff Collins. I have been competing in cycle speedway for ten years.It's not a very well known sport but it is easily accessible to look at over the Internet.
“I have been selected to race for Great Britain in Adelaide, Australia in November 2013 and will also be representing my home club Hethersett in the women's world individuals. This trip is all self funded so it is a bit of a struggle but I'm looking to raise around £1,500-£2,000 through working and from whatever else I can raise through doing other things.”
SPONSORED RIDE RAISES £400 – posted 26 February 2013
The track-to-track sponsored ride from Newport CSC to Underwood CSC was a huge success with £400 plus being raised for away travel.
Although not a great turnout, the seven who took part really did well to raise so much.The participants met at the Newport to put on their Frankie and Bennys tops and proceed to their restaurant for a sponsored breakfast.
“After filling their boots, the group carried on to Underwood, across the fields passing sheep, horses, dogs and pot holes although Greavesy came off hitting a horse rut, and Chris got lost” smiled Colin Simmons.
“To Aaron, Colin, Kevin, Chris, Joe, Andy and Stuart well done on a great effort and many thanks to Gemma from sponsors Frankie and Benny.”
NORWICH PLEA - posted 25 February 2013
Members of Norwich cycle speedway club are collecting Sainsbury's ‘Active Kids’ vouchers and are hoping Spokesman readers can help them.
“We’re taking part in Sainsbury’s Active Kids 2013 and want you to join our team!” explained Kevin Wells.
“Between 30 January and 22 May 2013 you can collect Active Kids vouchers, which are available from Sainsbury’s stores, petrol stations and grocery online. If you donate the vouchers to us, we can then use them to get fantastic new active equipment and experiences.
“We’ve already got our eyes on some exciting items so need a big team effort, and that includes you!So please donate your vouchers to us and let everyone know that we’re taking part in Active Kids! Your efforts are really appreciated and can make a huge difference” said Kevin.
Collected vouchers should be sent to Norwich Cycle Speedway, Harford Community Centre, Peterkin Road, Norwich, NR4 6LQ.
WILKINSON IN NEWPORT SPONSORS LOCAL STAR – posted 20 February 2013
A talented cyclist from Newport has been selected as a 'local star', receiving a £1,500 sponsorship from the Wilkinson store in Kingsway Shopping Centre.
Josh Davis received the generous backing as part of the retailer's 'Local Stars' scheme, where Wilkinsons pledged to sponsor 30 individuals from across the country, who either have a special talent, are an inspiration to others or have benefitted others in their local community.
Josh has been selected to represent Wales at the World Junior Cycle Speedway Team Championships in Australia, in November 2013, and the funding will help to support Josh as he achieves this dream. Cycle Speedway is an intense cycle sport on short oval dirt tracks with a lot of physical contact, therefore a significant amount of training is required.
Store manager, Duncan South, who presented Josh with the cheque in store, said: "Through sponsorship, Wilkinsons aims to help life's big achievers in our local communities to fulfil their dreams. Josh is an inspiration to the Newport community and we're extremely proud of him.
"We hope the sponsorship will help Josh to further his training and support him when he competes at the Cycle Speedway in November. I'm already planning to go along to the Velodrome in Newport to cheer him on while he is training."
Josh added: "To have the support of Wilkinsons through the 'Local Stars' initiative will make a huge difference to me. The sponsorship will go a long way towards training, equipment and support for the championships in Australia."
A family owned firm after more than 80 years of trading, JK Wilkinson opened the first store, situated on Charnwood Street, Leicester, in 1930.
The company's portfolio has expanded significantly over the eight decades that have followed, and there are currently 372 stores across the UK, including 10 in Scotland.
Serving over 178 million customers each year, and selling over 25,000 product lines, including health & beauty, cleaning products, seasonal essentials and homewares both in store and online at Wilko.com, Wilkinsons is dedicated to providing its customers with high quality products, choice and first class, friendly service.
Wilkinsons is committed to Britain's high streets and prides itself on being a community focused retailer, actively supporting local charities, community groups and empowering its team members to support great causes that are locally important to them.
NEWCASTLE RAISE FUNDS FOR NEW TRACK – posted 8 February 2013
Newcastle Nomads cycle speedway club has come up with a novel idea for raising money for their track building fund.
The sport’s newest club have produced an eye-catching line of cycle speedway clothing which they are selling throughout the sport.
“We have produced a range of hoodies and t-shirts with all profits going to Newcastle Nomads Track Building Fund” Gavin Parr told Spokesman.
“The hoodies can have any rider’s name on and also your club name down right arm. The #nopainnogain logo can be either green, red, blue, purple, yellow or pink.The price of the hoodies are £25 plus £3 postage and the t-shirts are £13 plus £2 postage and again #nopainnogain logo in all above colours with club name above. On the back you can have your clubs sponsors name” explained Gavin.
If you would like to buy one of these unique cycle speedway tops and at the same time support the Newcastle track building programme, them please contact Gavin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FUND RAISING FOR CLUBS – posted 11 January 2012
Well known cycle speedway official Nicky Evans is expanding his business interests and, at the same time, is offering clubs the opportunity to do some fund raising.
Speaking to Spokesman, the Wales and Newport team manager explained
“I am expanding business nationwide and am in a position to offer sports club, charities and schools etc a fantastic fundraising opportunity which will bring them a regular monthly income. I feel this could be done effectively by reaching a wide audience through Spokesman-Online.
“Interested parties can click on the following link for more information” said Nicky.
SCHWABLE SIGN ANGELL AS SPONSORED RIDER– posted 23 November 2012
British champion Andy Angell has landed a lucrative sponsorship agreement with one of the country’s top bicycle tyre manufactures.
The national number one, who won back-to-back titles at Newport in August, becomes the first cycle speedway riders to be added to Schwalbe’s growing portfolio of specialist cycle racers.
“I’ve been fortunate to land a huge (for me at least) sponsorship with Schwable which will help me massively with the 2013 season” Angell told Spokesman.“I am over the moon to be able to work with and help promote such a huge tyre company that is already widely known in the cycle speedway community, so be listed as their first cycle speedway rider is a massive honour” added Andy.
“I think that the sport is on the rise with more recognition of our world!” said Andy enthusiastically.
Schwable, which started life in 1985 as Double J (Midlands) Ltd., is based in a purpose-built, ultra-modern facility in Telford where it currently stocks up to 500,000 tyres and 1.4 million tubes.
And in cause for double celebration, Angell has also announced a second sponsorship with leisure clothing supplier Love Not Money...
Commenting on the new deal, Andy said
“Love Not Money is why we do cycle speedway.This company is massively dedicated to cycling and helps riders on many levels to gain experience and enjoyment within cycling.It will be a real pleasure working with LNM and I hope it will be a lengthy and positive experience for both of us” said the national champion.
LEICESTER BLUES – posted 30 October 2012
Leicester cycle speedway club have completed painting their storage unit.The container is now finished in club colours and sports a prominent notice welcoming visitors to Glover Park.The paint was kindly donated by Dulux as part of their Colouring the Community scheme.
COVENTRY CELEBRATE THREE SPONSORSHIP DEALS – posted 4 October 2012
Coventry Cycle Speedway club are celebrating a hat-trick of successes off track as they look to finish their comeback season on a high.
The Hearsall Common based club have scooped three deals, all within the space of seven days last week, that underlines their position as cycle speedway’s best promoted club in the field of commercial backing.
As already reported, Coventry have landed a £30,000 promotional advertising arrangement which will see over 20 full colour half page adverts appear in major local media starting in March 2013. This is likely to generate scores of new members for the Midland League club. British final debutant Myke Grymes, a professional graphic artist, will produce the artwork copy.
Coventry have also confirmed that they are to receive 30 tons of R.D Anderson shale from Scotland to completely relay the banked Hearsall Common circuit. This will incur no cost to the Coventry club.
They have also agreed a shirt sponsorship deal with Lutterworth based BMS Ltd, who will supply the club with a new set of first team shirts. These will also be designed by Myke Grimes and are likely to feature sky blue as the prominent colour.
Club chairman Dave Foster said "We are delighted to announce all this superb news. Coming in a week that also saw us attract another three new members, it certainly represents a fantastic late season boost."