SWINDON Robins and GB boss Alun Rossiter talks about fitting a full-time job, two speedway teams and a family into his busy life, and admits it’s time for a change.
SOMETIMES you get to the point where you have to think about looking in another direction and that’s what I’m doing now in the job stakes.
I’ve been quite lucky because I’ve been able to work my job as a lorry driver around speedway so I can have an early start and then an early finish, but then it’s a late night home and another early get up the following morning.
It takes a lot out of you, especially when you add in speedway and a family, so I recently got to a point when I needed a rest. Really, I should be out doing a bit more promoting of the club but I have to earn a living too with a full-time job.
My bosses have been very good to me but the problem is we have a lot of meetings coming up, pre-AGM meetings, the AGM itself and general council meetings to discuss next year. That means more days off.
I feel I need a change but they’ve been so good for me. There were no massive favours, because they are good to all the drivers, but I said that on certain days an early start would be good so that I can finish early.
If you need to make phone calls and things for speedway you can do that on the hands free and a lot of the speedway work I do is on the phone so it’s a good job in that respect. I just feel like it’s time for something new.
The ones who seem to miss out all the time is the family really, there are late nights and early mornings and they end up missing out because you get tired or grumpy.
A change of job will give them some more time and some time with my wife as well which is great.
I’ve had a bit of holiday due to me so I’ve taken those recently and that’s what made me think I need a change.
I’m looking at the possibility of going back into the pub trade if the right one came along at the right time, but it has to be right.
In an ideal world, though, I would love to go full-time working for the speedway club and getting out there promoting, but it’s all about finances. It was a tough year last year so it’s not easy.
The club can only do what it can do, but it would be great to get out promoting and going into schools on a regular basis. We’ve spoken about it and maybe something could come up, maybe.
I’m keeping my options open and enjoying working with Nick (Morris) at the moment until he gets someone sorted, and with the play-offs around the corner we’ve got that to look forward to as well.