FAN power, it’s banded around in many sports, but does it really apply in speedway?
When we set up the Supporters Club at Swindon back in 2006 we had plans to set up a Riders Equipment Fund to try to raise a few pennies for our riders to help out if they were suffering from machinery problems or were in the unfortunate position to crash, we also planned to hold events and to try to give a chance for fellow supporters to get together socially and meet their hero’s from the track.
Within a few months the news that the stadium was to be re-developed without the speedway rocked the foundations from under our feet and we found ourselves spearheading a campaign to save speedway at the Abbey.
Fans from not only Swindon but all around the country came together with ourselves and the management of the club to fight for the sport that we all hold so dear and the speedway family sent a strong message to the developers that we were here and wanted to be counted.
Well we all know the rest of the story, we became a part of those plans, and eight years down the line we seem to be at the point where those plans may finally come to fruition.
Over that time the supporters club has continued with its main aims and ambitions and thanks to the support of its members has been able to make donations to each and every one of the riders in our teams each year.
Regular events throughout the summer and winter months are generally well attended and have given many opportunities to meet and greet members of the team and find out what makes them tick away from the track.
A recent highlight was a night with special guest Dakota North who thoroughly endeared himself to the fans with his light hearted sense of humour and honesty.
We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to regularly give our opinions on all things related to speedway and how it affects the fans while keeping you updated on all of our Pit Crew activities through these notes and look forward to sharing our thoughts with you and working more closely with Link Sport.